Drought Brings Rising Interest In Sorghum

Alta Seeds partnership with Right Coop expands sorghum options for growers in southwest Kansas, where drought has brought more interest in sorghum.

Published on: May 7, 2013

The Right Cooperative Association, based in Wright, has signed a distribution agreement with Alta Seeds, which will provide new seed options for Kansas grain and forage sorghum growers.

The Right Cooperatives serves farmers in southwest Kansas. Alta Seeds is the premium seed brand of Advanta US, the leading provider of sorghum genetics in North America.

Kansas is the number one sorghum producing state in the country and Barry Lubbers, U.S. sales manager for Alta Seeds says that makes serving Kansas farmers a top priority for his company.

"Our agreement with Right Cooperative Association improves the availability for hybrids in southwest Kansas," he said. "As a new brand, we will continue to build our distribution network in additional regions with the help of quality partners such as RCA."

Two successive years of extreme heat and drought in Kansas have heightened the interest of farmers in growing sorghum, which is highly drought tolerant and handles hot summers better than corn.
Two successive years of extreme heat and drought in Kansas have heightened the interest of farmers in growing sorghum, which is highly drought tolerant and handles hot summers better than corn.

A rising interest in sorghum
Two successive years of extreme heat and drought in Kansas have heightened the interest of farmers in growing sorghum, which is highly drought tolerant and handles hot summers better than corn.

Grain sorghum, when incorporated with other conservation practices, has been approved as a feedstock for the production of advanced biofuels, giving farmers near participating ethanol plants, including Oakley in western Kansas, a chance to have a value-added market for sorghum production.

In addition, forage sorghum hybrids not only provide a highly drought tolerant crop for cattle feed, they are also a potential feedstock for the production of cellulosic ethanol.

RCA will offer the full Alta Seeds line-up of forage and grain sorghum hybrids, including the highly productive brachytic forage sorghums.

"We were interested in adding Alta Seeds to our existing lineup because of the brand's focus on heat and drought tolerance," says Gary Jorgensen, RCA seed sales manager.

For more information visit: the Alta Seeds website or RCA website. Growers can contact an RCA representative at 800-794-8819.

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