On October 9th, there’s a grain sorghum field day scheduled to take place at the Fountain Farm at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station near Rocky Mount. NC State Grain Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger:
“We are trying to push the envelope this year. Last year we were just trying to demonstrate that yes we could raise sorghum here in NC. This year we want to look at what it takes to make big high yielding sorghum. We will look at varieties for doing that. We have about 80 to look at, both early and late planted. It’s a good chance to see what variety can contribute to high yield.”
Heiniger says one of the plot tours will demonstrate fertility:
“Last year we learned a lot about what fertility means for sorghum, particularly side dress applications of nitrogen. This year we will look at those again and see in a year of a lot of rain see what needs to be adjusted.”
Many producers have considered sorghum for fields with a resistant weed problem, and Heiniger explains they’ll be looking at that as well:
“We have some stuff on weed control especially for those who have the palmer amaranth, and we need a very specific weed control program to develop.”
One of the final plot tours will be on fungicide use explains Heiniger:
“The fungicides are very interesting this year given the moisture levels so we are really seeing the impact on early and late planted with the use of a fungicide. We have been unsure on when to use it on sorghum so we have the trial looking at different timing.”
Heiniger says they’ll also have some data to present on soybean cyst nematode suppression with a sorghum rotation:
“We are collecting data in conjunction with Clemson. We are looking ta nematode data on sorghum vs on soybeans. We will have data to present on that. We are looking where sorghum can help to suppress nematodes, the early data last year was very encouraging.”
The field day gets under way at 4:30 and concludes about 7:00 with a meal. There’s no need to register explains Heiniger, just come on out.
NC State Extension Grain Specialist Dr. Ron Heiniger.