The number of acres of grain sorghum in North Carolina expanded by a factor of 10 in 2012, but not so much in South Carolina. That’s all about to change. Last week North and South Carolina held a joint meeting for producers to talk about sorghum production in the southern Piedmont. Trish DeHond, Area Agronomy Agent for Clemson University Coop Extension in the Upper Pee Dee in South Carolina was one of the presenters:
“We had a good turn out of about 60 producers from the southern piedmont of NC and the upper Pee Dee of SC. I was really happy to have a joint meeting with our counterparts in NC. We had about 5 speakers who touched on different aspects of grain sorghum production.”
DeHond explains that many of the producers at the meeting had grown sorghum in the past, and were anxious to learn about getting back into it:
“We started at a time in the 80s when we grew a lot of sorghum and then we didn’t have a market for it. We now have some new varieties and new practices like the twin rows. The people that were there were very interested because of the new market with Murphy-Brown.”
There were three areas that were of particular interest to producers in that region according to DeHond:
“We have a lot of really dry sandy land. Sorghum is very drought tolerant so it fits in well. It also fits in with our rotation because it’s a non host of root nematode. Also, you can do different weed management programs than you could with out the sorghum.”
There will be another sorghum production information meeting this week for another region of South Carolina says DeHond:
“We have a grain sorghum production meeting on Thursday, Feb 21 at the Pee Dee Research Center. We will have some of the same speakers but some different as well. Its starts at 10 am.”
Between the soil type in that part of South Carolina and the proximity of the buying stations for sorghum, DeHond is looking for a big turnout on Thursday:
“I think anyone that has droughty soils and nematode and weed problems is going to be very interested. The buying stations are in the eastern part of the state, so the most interest will be in those areas.”
For more information on the grains sorghum production meeting on Thursday visit our calendar.
Area agronomist for Clemson University Extension, Trish DeHond.