Sorghum production will be the focus of the day as K-State Research and Extension hosts six in-depth Sorghum Schools in various locations around the state.
The one-day schools will cover a number of issues facing sorghum growers: profit potential; weed control strategies; and planting, fertility, insect and disease management.
Kansas has long been a leader in the U.S. in the production of grain sorghum. From 1990 to 1999, Kansas ranked either first or second in the nation in sorghum. In more recent years, the development of corn hybrids better able to withstand drought stress, has led to more corn and few sorghum acres.
The crop remains significant, however, had has the potential for even greater growth as irrigation water becomes more limited and the demand for sorghum for ethanol production helps strengthen prices.
The schools, sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, each begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program at 9:45 a.m. Lunch is included at each location. The program will wrap up by mid-afternoon.
Dates and locations include:
Feb. 15 - Burns - Community Center, 301 N. Washington.
Feb. 16 - Dodge City - Ford County Fair Building, 901 W. Park.
Feb. 17 - Mulvane - St. Michael's Catholic Church Parish Hall, 525 E. Main.
Feb. 29 - Leoti - Wichita County Community Building, Wichita Co. Fairgrounds.
March 1 - Stockton - Harding Hall 4-H Building, Rooks County Fairgrounds.
March 6 - Concordia - Cloud County Community College, Cook Theater.
Participants are asked to register for the sorghum school of their choosing by contacting their local K-State Research and Extension office by the Monday before the school they plan to attend.
Upcoming Sorghum Events
Feb. 7-9, Southwest Farm & Ranch Classic, Lubbock, Texas
Feb. 15, New Mexico Sorghum Association Annual Meeting, Clovis, N.M.
Feb. 20-21, Kansas Commodity Classic, Wichita, Kan.
Feb. 21, Oklahoma Sorghum Association Annual Meeting, Norman, Okla.
Feb. 21-22, Oklahoma No-Till Conference, Norman, Okla.
Feb. 21-22, New Mexico Ag Expo, Portales, N.M.
Feb. 28-March 4, Commodity Classic, Nashville, Tenn.