Recently at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters annual convention in Kansas City, Rhonda Garrision, director of Southern Farm Network discussed the grain sorghum yield contest with Lindsay Kennedy, External Affairs Director for National Sorghum Producers:
“We have already had a good turnout of entries from North Carolina, in fact they were coming in before the Kansas ones.
The yield contest is done every year, and we want to promote the producers who are growing the crop well. Our bin busters have won with over 200 bushel sorghum. Anyone in the country is eligible to enter the contest. We see traditional growers from Texas and Kansas, but we have had winners from Illinois as well. We are excited to see what comes from North Carolina.
The deadline to turn everything in to our office in Lubbock is early December. We will compile the results and they will be seen in our winter issue of Sorghum Magazine. We also honor them at Commodity Classic as part of our yield contest dinner. They are also part of our sorghum general session. We will bring in some of the winners and have them on our panel to talk about the production practices that worked for them that year.
The contest itself encompasses several good practices including good nitrogen use. We have irrigated categories as well. And no till, conventional till and reduced till categories. It’s good to see how different practices are producing successful crops.
We have a lot of resources from the sorghum check off for individuals that may be new to growing sorghum who are looking for production practices, or information on hybrids, etc. They can visit www.sorghumcheckoff.com “
External Affairs Director for National Sorghum Producers, Lindsay Kennedy, and Rhonda Garrison from NAFB’s annual convention in Kansas City.
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