Sorghum Seed Still Available

Farmers wanting to plant sorghum into failed wheat should be fine.

Published on: Apr 25, 2007

With at least 30% of the state's wheat crop destroyed by freezing temperatures over Easter weekend, many farmers may be tempted to plant grain sorghum into the failed acres.

Tim Lust, CEO of the National Sorghum Producers, says that sorghum growers should still be able to find seed that meets their needs.

"While each individual producer's favorite hybrid number may not be available, as far as an industry, we still have a good base of seed," Lust says.

"We have reached out and visited with several of our industry seed company partners. We know that in each maturity classification, we still have seed available. If a producer is having trouble finding seed, be sure to get in touch with our office and we can certainly point you in the direction of people who have seed available."

Lust is optimistic about the promising year ahead.

"There is no doubt, obviously based upon the seed situation and the questions that are being asked, that we do have a significant increase in acres," Lust says. "The other thing we are very excited about, at least in our southern regions, is that the crop is off to a tremendous start with very good moisture conditions.

"Throughout the Sorghum Belt, we're blessed this year with well above normal moisture. So certainly, producers are excited looking at the possibilities of having some really good yields this year across the board."