Sorghum Field Days will be Sept. 6 at Blue Hill, Sept. 7 at Trenton - UNL CropWatch, Aug. 2012
August 20, 2012
This year's annual Sorghum Field Day has been expanded to two demonstration plots featuring leading sorghum hybrids. Field days will be held Sept. 6 at Blue Hill and Sept. 7 at Trenton.
Blue Hill — Sept. 6 at 5:30 p.m., tour of the hybrid demonstration plot followed by a meal at the Community Center. Directions due to road construction: From Highway 281 2 miles south of Blue Hill, go 1 mile east, 1 mile south to Highway 4 and 1.5 miles east. From Lawrence go 7.5 miles west on Highway 4.
Trenton — Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m., field tour followed by lunch at the Trenton Community Hall. Directions: From Trenton go 3.5 miles north on Highway 25; site is on the west side of the road.
The plots are sponsored annually by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Producers Association, UNL Extension, the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, participating seed companies, and ag businesses.
“We’ll have representatives from the commercial seed companies on hand to discuss their plot entries,” said Don Bloss of Pawnee City, NeGSPA President. “Farmers will be able to see and evaluate field performance. This year’s extreme drought has certainly demonstrated the resilience and resourcefulness of the crop,” says Bloss.
The program will also feature Dr. Scott Staggenborg, Director of Technical Services for Chromatin, Inc’s Biomass Research Division. Gerald Simonsen, Past President of the National Sorghum Producers has been invited to provide an update on the Farm Bill and policy issues that impact sorghum.
“Chromatin is committed to improving sorghum for the benefit of sorghum producers and bioenergy processors,” says Staggenborg. “We believe in the long term stability of the crop and are focused on maximizing it’s, as yet, un-tapped potential in terms of yield, tolerance to stress and grain quality for food, feed and fuel.”
Nebraska Sorghum Board