Grain sorghum is not the typical top choice for Northeast Texas farmers, but a combination of prolonged drought, some decent markets and a few tough years with corn has convinced more producers to give the crop a try.
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This year they discovered some advantages. A few timely rains, mostly in June, offered decent yield potential for both corn and grain sorghum, but Texas AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist Jim Swart, says grain sorghum yields may be excellent.
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A LITTLE DOWNTIME is quickly addressed by Ag Pro mechanic Ron Turner and farmers Kenneth and Kendal Wright are back in the field in short order.
AN EXCELLENT grain sorghum crop benefitted from timely June rainfall.
FULL HEADS indicate a good yield potential for this grain sorghum field.
POTENTIAL IS GOOD for an excellent grain sorghum crop in Northeast Texas.
SORGHUM HEADS ROLL into the teeth of the combine as harvest nears completion in the Northeast Texas Blacklands.
MARCHING THROUGH a good field of grain sorghum, the combine yield monitor indicates close to 6,000 pounds per acre.
KENNETH WRIGHT takes a break from shredding newly-cut grain sorghum stalks.
A FLAIL MOWER, cuts grain sorghum into small pieces that decompose quickly. Kenneth and Kendal Wright will plant no-till wheat into the stubble this fall.