It’s familiar name, just a different location. David Hull, Grain Merchandiser for Murphy-Brown LLC is now talking grain sorghum with growers in the Virginias. Recently at the Virginia Ag Expo, Hull spent time with Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles discussing their initiative:
“I was in Laurenberg NC and bought sorghum out of both Carolinas. The soil types here are ones that lend themselves to more drought tolerant corps. Up here the soils are a little better and the acceptance here wont be as great because the need for it wont be as great.
We really use the extension service to get our information. Generally they think the first of August should be the last planting. I think we’ll see about 10-15,000 acres here in Virginia. In the Carolinas the reports I saw were last year they were around 70,000 and they are at about 90,000 this year.
My suggestion for Virginia growers as far as varieties, is to get in touch with extension services. There is a lot of research being done in Tidewater especially, and its great information for the growers to have to make decisions.”