Sorghum Research Looks to Future

K-State looking at herbicide resistant genes in grain sorghum.

Published on: Sep 20, 2010

Many sorghum producers point to weed control as their main concern when it comes to sorghum management. With that as a guiding factor, the United Sorghum Checkoff Program is funding research to showcase new over-the-top grass control solutions to allow sorghum growers better management opportunities and flexibility in crop rotations.

Dr. Kassim Al-Khatib, Professor of Agronomy at Kansas State University, says there are herbicides that can be applied after the crop is established to control weeds but, he cautions these products can potentially harm the crop as well.

As a long-term solution, researchers have identified traits that are resistant to herbicides in some sorghum varieties. The incorporation of these traits into cultivated sorghum would produce a resistant plant, allowing for higher yields and flexibility for producers. Al-Khatib says this new technology will allow producers outstanding weed control and flexibility in crop rotations.