The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 25, 2014

Sorghum series gives information about crop

By Rick Nelson, Extended Forecast
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Area producers who are looking to get a better idea about what to plant this spring can pick up useful tips by attending the 2014 Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Sorghum Educational Program Series this week.

The program series will focus on grain sorghum production as well as fertility issues and insects of not only grain sorghum but also other crop options. There is no cost to attend and pre-registration is not required.

Commodity prices are volatile for all crops, and producers could have to pour through tons of information to determine which crops to plant. Attending one of the meetings in this series should make the decision-making process a bit easier for grain sorghum. The information provided at each meeting will be the same.

The schedule for area counties is:

• Tuesday, 7 a.m., Billing Community Building, Noble County.

• Tuesday, 10 a.m., Grant County District 2 meeting room, 524 N. Front, Medford, Grant County.

• Tuesday, 6 p.m., Kay Room, Blackwell, Kay County.

• Wednesday, 10 a.m., Fairview city office training room, Major County.

• Wednesday, 2 p.m., Meno Community Center, Major County.

• Thursday, 7 a.m., Seiling Community Center, Dewey County.

• Thursday, Alfalfa County Fairgrounds, in Cherokee, Alfalfa County.

• Friday, 1:30 p.m., Hoover Building at Garfield County Fairgrounds, Garfield County.

Presenters will answer as many questions as possible about grain sorghum to ensure producers are comfortable about growing the crop and anticipate production issues as they arise.

Brian Arnall, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service soil fertility specialist, will address last year’s soil fertility trial results with grain sorghum and advances relative to sensor-based nitrogen recommendations.

Rick Kochenower, OSU Cooperative Extension Service area agronomist, will review last year’s grain sorghum yield trails, including moisture levels seen in his crop rotation studies at the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources’ North Central Research Station in Lahoma.

Tom Royer, OSU Extension IPM coordinator, will be discussing headworm decision tools.

Jesse McCurry, Sorghum Checkoff Program compliance director, will review some of the successes of the program, which helps producers strengthen the position of sorghum in the marketplace, as well as helping to maintain and expand existing domestic and foreign markets for sorghum.

Contact your local Extension office if you need further details.

Nelson is Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service ag educator for Garfield County.