Plans by Abengoa Bioenergy to use grain sorghum as the ethanol feedstock at its plant in Ravenna have spurred renewed interest in grain sorghum production in Nebraska.
That will one of the topics covered during a series of sorghum field days this month in Nebraska.
Hybrid features, new marketing options, and production and pest management will be among the other topics presented during the field days at six sites Sept. 16-19. Presentations will include:
•sorghum seed representatives with hybrid information;
•ethanol plant representatives on market opportunities;
•UNL Extension on sorghum agronomics and integrated pest management strategies;
•Ag West with a market outlook;
•Staff from the United Sorghum Checkoff Program with an update on research and marketing initiatives at the national level.
There also will be a yield guess contest and door prizes.
Participating seed companies are Arrow Seed, Channel Seed, DeKalb Seed, Fontanelle Seed, Gayland Ward Seed, Mycogen Seed, NuSeed/Richardson Seed, Pioneer, and Sorghum Partners.
The event is sponsored by the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, Grain Sorghum Producers Association, Abengoa Bioenergy, UNL Extension and ag industry representatives.
The following is the field day schedule:
•Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m., Boelus, Jack and Wayne Reimers farm, 1.5 miles west on Hwy. 58
•Sept. 16, 1 p.m., Farwell, John Dvoracek farm , off of Hwy. 92 at west edge of Farwell, go 2 miles north on Salem, 1 mile west on 15th Avenue, and 1.25 miles north on Tilden
•Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m., Hazard, Seth Kucera farm, on Hwy. 2 go 3 miles north toward Litchfield to Road 467, then south 1/2 mile on minimum maintenance road
•Sept. 18, 5 p.m., Trenton, Mike Baker farm, 4 miles north of Trenton on Hwy. 25
•Sept. 19, 10:30 a.m., Orleans, James Dunlay farm, on U.S. Hwy. 136 go to North Ave, then north on Harlan Ave. 4 blocks
•Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m., Blue Hill, Ron Bolte farm, 3 miles south of Blue Hill to Hwy. 4 and 2.5 miles east; from Lawrence go 7.5 miles west on Hwy 4.