Sorghum Schools Offer Collaboration, Solutions for Kansas Growers

Monday, April 30, 2012

It goes without saying that growers are continuously looking for new ideas to help improve productivity, use fewer resources, manage weeds and enhance profitability. And as one of the top grain sorghum-producing states, Kansas sorghum farmers are especially eager to share ideas and learn about new opportunities to more effectively manage their crops. A recently held series of “Sorghum Schools” provided just that opportunity.

The Sorghum School series, a successful collaboration between Bayer CropScience, Kansas State University, the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and Midwest-based farm radio KFRM 550AM brought together experts and growers to share best practices and learn more from each other. The one-day meetings took place in central and western Kansas and focused on topics critical to the upcoming sorghum growing season. Highlighted areas of discussion included sorghum profitability, disease prevention, insect management and weed control. The meetings welcomed over 50 growers and influencers to each location, totaling 325 in attendance across the six meetings.

Bayer CropScience’s Kevin Hartman, Marc Johnson, Bret Koops, and Tony Pardo were involved with the series and were thrilled by the attendance and participation throughout the communities in which the schools were held. “It exceeded our expectations,” said Pardo. “And it clearly demonstrated a need for the sharing of ever-evolving information among sorghum growers in Kansas.”

Bayer’s sponsorship of the Sorghum School series was based on the importance it places on partnering with growers and others to cultivate ideas that help advance farming and sustainable agricultural practices. The meetings provided an opportunity for growers to interact with one another, Kansas extension agents, university experts and Bayer CropScience representatives.

“The Sorghum Schools and other similar collaborations demonstrate the importance of getting together, sharing ideas and providing farmers with the right tools and information to make the right decisions for their crops,” continued Pardo. “We had great interaction with sorghum growers, especially those who are looking to us to help answer the increasing need for weed management,” explains Hartman. “We look forward to continuing the dialogue, sharing information and working with Kansas sorghum growers in and out of the fields this coming season.”


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