Sorghum is a crop I saw very rarely where I grew up in Missouri. In fact, a few years ago my cousins decided to grow a few fields of it and I had to call and ask them what it was.
Grain sorghum (or milo) is nothing new to the Texas and Oklahoma farmers I spoke with last week. It’s a crop they can plant on the corners of their fields where the irrigation pivots can’t reach. And for some, there is a market for the crop, therefore they will grow entire irrigated fields of it. Also, it provides these farmers with another crop to rotate. But we can’t have Roundup Ready grain sorghum because its closely related to Johnsongrass, therefore it has a chance of crossing with that weed. And we all know we don’t want Roundup Ready Johnsongrass (it’s a pain enough as it is)!
Since I captured a lot of great footage of grain sorghum during my visit and wasn’t able to use much of it in the Harvest Update, I decided to produce a “Sorghum 101” video. A couple of my coworkers already wrote some great stories on the crop, but this will provide you more of a visual to see what the crop is used for and more. ENJOY!
Most of the facts and figures came from the National Sorghum Producers website.