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Sorghum Symposium to be held in Grand Island

Sorghum Symposium to be held in Grand Island

LINCOLN — The Nebraska Sorghum Producers Association (NeSPA) together with the Grain Sorghum Board and Nebraska Extension announce the 2019 Sorghum Symposium to be held January 24, 2019 at College Park, 3180 West US Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE. Registration begins at 9:00 AM.

The program continues the tradition of offering a farmer-focused educational program designed to provide timely and useful information to help sorghum farmers make confident, informed production and management decisions as they plan for the 2019 crop. “Making decisions amid many uncontrollable variables is a real challenge,” says Lynn Belitz of Fullerton, President of NeSPA.

“We’ve designed a program to help producers better understand their options.”

Program presentations include Al Dutcher UNL, Climatologist, with a weather outlook; Dr. Brent Bean, Agronomy Director for the National Checkoff, will focus on sorghum production and management along with an update on new technologies in the crop. Dr. Lucas Haag, Kansas State University will discuss sorghum under irrigation. Dr. Brad Lubben, UNL Department of Ag Economics will provide an overview of the new Farm Bill recently passed by Congress. Kevin Grooms, American Agricultural Labs will discuss fertility management in sorghum; and Nebraska Extension specialists Jennifer Rees and Sarah Sivits will address recognizing and managing diseases in sorghum. Chuck Burr, West Central Research and Extension Center will share the latest results of the Sorghum TAPS Program.

“The TAPS program is designed to showcase best crop management and marketing practices by allowing individuals or teams to compete,” said Mike Baker, Chairman of the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and participant in this year’s competition. Winners are categorized by most profitable, most water efficient and highest yielding. “The results are pretty remarkable and may actually challenge current management decisions by many growers,” Baker added. The day’s program will conclude with the annual membership meeting of NeSPA and an update report by the Grain Sorghum Board. All sorghum growers and allied industry are invited to attend.

“Farmers are making decisions now for the 2019 crop,” adds Belitz. “This program is designed to provide information they can apply immediately to their operations.”

Conference registration can be done by emailing sorghum.board@nebraska.gov or by calling the office at 402-471-4276. There is no charge to attend and lunch is included. Registration begins at 9:00 am with coffee and rolls and commercial exhibits to showcase new products and production/management information. CCA credits have been applied for.

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