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Grain Sorghum May be Looking More Attractive Behind Late Wheat

With winter wheat looking later and later, grain sorghum as a double crop instead of soybeans may become more of a viable option. We’ve been hearing all year that seed availability could be an issue. Scott Staggenborg, Ph. D. Director of applied seed stock services for Chromatin Inc. based in Lubbock, Texas:

“Begin communicating with who ever they have purchased their seed from. Most of these outlets are usually in constant contact. As planting progresses in the more traditional sorghum states, you find sometimes people have over purchased. That gives us the ability to reallocate seed into areas where there is higher demand.”

And when making a sorghum seed selection, the name on the bag will likely be unfamiliar to east coast producers, but Staggenborg says that’s no reason to shy away:

“As the sorghum industry expands into NC, you will see more sorghum seed companies take advantage of that new opportunity to be present. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to make sure you get the right maturity. You may not recognize the hybrid or the company, but you need to get a maturity that fits your situation.”

When looking at unfamiliar sorghum hybrids, Staggenborg suggests these resources:

“Local data is always important to make that management decision. The Sorghum check off program coordinated a fairly wide spread hybrid maturity testing program last year. There were some sites in VA and NC and SC, so it could be a good resource, even if the data is not very close, anything in 150 miles will be good data. Or go to the website for the company for more information.”

And as always, Extension and state agronomy specialist can offer assistance, as well. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.