Wednesday is the day that’s been set for a sorghum meeting in Union County. What makes this one different from the others over the past year or so, is that this one is a dual state affair with come Clemson University and South Carolina Department of Agriculture folks involved according to Don Nicholson, regional agronomist with NCDA:
“The Southern Piedmont of NC was actually one of the last places in the state that was growing significant acres of grain sorghum back in the 80s. The growers in that region are looking for something to put into their rotation that is beneficial, like corn would be, but a lot of that soil isn’t suitable for corn production. The folks just across the line in SC have the same concerns.”
Nicholson explains that Clemson has done some important variety trials on sorghum that will be presented at the meeting:
“They did an OVC this year and have some good data. They gave us some good ideas of what some of the newer varieties will do for us.”
A specific problem for Southern Piedmont growers is nematodes, and Nicholson says they’re working on trials for nematode control with a sorghum rotation:
“There is a lot of information out there that says this is very good for crop rotation – high nematode situations. The eastern part of NC definitely has a problem with nematodes and a lot of the rotation has been tobacco, then three years of soybeans, then back to tobacco.”
Nicholson outlines some of the other speakers scheduled for the meeting:
“We did some significant nitrogen rate studies around the state to ground proof our recommendations at NC Dept of Ag. When you put in a soil sample into our lab and we give you a recommendation on nitrogen we want to make sure that rate is efficient as possible for our growers. Josh Gaddy, an agronomist with Murphy-Brown will share his experience with grain sorghum production and management. A few folks from Clemson will share their information they have produced this year.”
For more information on the grains sorghum meeting scheduled for Wednesday in Monroe, visit our calendar.
Don Nicholson, area agronomist with NCDA.