Sun Belt States Are Open to Sesame

Farmers have another crop option in the Sun Belt. Equinom announces the expansion of Smarter Sesame, an ideal spring/summer rotation crop. Smarter Sesame introduces a new level of profitability and efficiency in a crop designed for cultivation in the southern U.S. and a market ripe for domestic sesame seeds.

Chris Schupp, Equinom Director of Business Development and Sales for North America, says seed enhancements developed by the company allows for the opportunity.

“Sesame as a crop, it’s actually one of the oldest cultivated crops in the world and our company has developed some breeding algorithms and techniques to where we have been able to enhance some of the characteristics of sesame throughout most of the world today. Sesame has to be hand harvested because the capsules are very prone to shattering. We have developed several non-shattering varieties that we can run through a combine.”

Research shows the global sesame market is worth over $12 billion, and the U.S. currently imports $150 million worth of sesame. Smarter Sesame can balance the market, bringing profit home to U.S. producers. American farmers are achieving yields of up to 2,200 pounds of Smarter Sesame per acre – a 180 percent advantage over traditional sesame seed output, earning up to $500 in net profit per acre.

“It does prefer a warmer and drier climate because sesame originated in desert in the Middle East. So, primarily we’re working right now is West Texas and Oklahoma. We consume more than we grow and actually if we just grew enough to fill our own consumption here in the U.S., that means we can basically plant four times the number of acres that we are today.”

He says sesame offers many benefits to farmers.

“It’s a very low input crop and it takes very little fertilizer. It also has a very low seeding rate, we’re recommending between one and one and a half pounds per acre of seeds. It can be planted dry land or irrigated, but with that being said, sesame is also a very low water use crop. Plus, sesame is also eligible for crop insurance in many counties, especially in Texas and Oklahoma. It can also be double crops, so we do see people planet after wheat or can it be used as a primary crop. Another benefit which I really like is sesame being a deep taproot and crop, adds to soil till. Most every farmer I’ve talked to that’s planted sesame tells me that it makes the ground more mellow, even to the point where, whatever crop they plant behind sesame the following year seems to do better.”

Equinom is hosting a free webinar titled, Making Cultivation Financially Profitable and Optimizing Farm Potential with Smarter Sesame, on Dec. 4th, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. EST. (Registration link: