“I believe there is sufficient seed available to cover any growth we see this year, but not in Dekalb or Pioneer brands. So the retailers have to walk growers through their seed options,” he says.

“Small grain researchers at Clemson, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State universities are confident in performance of alternative varieties. We just need farmers to think ahead and get this process started by expressing their interest in sorghum seed now, he adds.

Sorghum planting intentions are way up this year, especially in the High Plains. This has exacerbated lower inventory from two below average seed production years (2011-2012), Bernstein says.

In their statement to current and prospective growers, Murphy-Brown urges them to plan ahead and contract seed early to insure an adequate supply and to review state Official Variety Trial testing of grain sorghum to determine several alternative varieties that will work best in their particular farming operation.

There are a number of quality grain sorghum hybrids available. 

Research conducted at North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech University and Clemson University in 2012 tested up to 45 different sorghum hybrids and saw good yield and agronomic results with many of them across multiple seed brands, Bernstein says. 

Some of these seed brands include DynaGro from CPS, TriGene , Gaylan Ward and Sorghum Partners from FCI, Helena, Meherrin or Southern States. Summary charts from this research are detailed in the 2012 yield testing and performance tables that can be found at www.mbgrain.com.

Bersnstein says, “Farmers interested in planting sorghum should contact their local CPS, FCI, Helena, Meherrin or Southern States locations to confirm their interest in seed. 

“And, distributors need to understand farmer needs as early as possible to make sure they have enough seed to meet demand,” he adds.

In their 2013 program, Murphy-Brown will pay 95 percent of harvest cash price of corn for sorghum delivered to select delivery points. Pricing can be locked in anytime during CBOT trading hours prior to Dec. 1, 2013. 

rroberson@farmpress.com

 

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