Sorghum

Sweet sorghum
Researchers have identified the sweet sorghum as a potential ethanol feedstock crop on non-irrigated farmland in western Nebraska. (Craig Chandler)

Researchers Explore Economic Potential for Sweet Sorghum in Dryland Production January 25, 2018

One University team is exploring sweet sorghum ethanol as a future income source for dryland agriculture in western Nebraska, while another is looking at how to improve sorghum yields to make it a more sustainable source for biofuel production.

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Field of grain sorghum

Nebraska Sorghum Symposium Jan. 18 in Curtis December 13, 2017

The Nebraska Sorghum Symposium offers timely and useful information to help sorghum farmers make confident, informed production and management decisions for their 2018 crop.

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Map of counties reporting the sugarcane aphid
Figure 1. US counties where the sugarcane aphid has been confirmed. (Source: https://www.myFields.info)

Sugarcane Aphid in Nebraska September 28, 2017

The sugarcane aphid has been detected in a Nebraska grain sorghum field near Pawnee City, according to the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board. This is the first time this pest has been reported on Nebraska sorghum.

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Crop Diseases Confirmed by PPDC Sept. 1-20 September 21, 2017

Diseases confirmed in samples submitted to the UNL Plant and Pest Diagnostic Lab since September 1, 2017 for corn, soybean, sorghum and hops.

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Figure 1. Counties with confirmed sugarcane aphids. Sorghum growers in southeast Nebraska are encouraged to scout for this pest.
Figure 1. Counties with confirmed sugarcane aphids. Sorghum growers in southeast Nebraska are encouraged to scout for this pest. (Source: http://www.myfields.info)

Drying Sorghums and Millets for Baling August 4, 2017

Drying sorghums, sudans, and millets enough to bale can be a challenge in some summers. The author offers several steps to improve cutting and dry-down.

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Sorghum
Nebraska is partnering with the University of Illinois in the $104-million Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation. Biochemistry professor Edgar Cahoon and agronomy and horticulture professor Tom Clemente will lead Nebraska’s part of the project; their goal is to genetically enhance certain sorghum species so that the stems and leaves contain more oil and less starch. (Photo by Craig Chandler)

Plant Scientists Aim to Turn Sorghum into Jet Fuel July 19, 2017

As members of a new federally funded bioenergy research center, two Nebraska plant scientists plan to spend the next five years working to expand the oil-producing capability of sorghum, a drought-tolerant crop that can be grown on more marginal lands than other farm crops.

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