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SORGHUM SHORTCUTS


SHORTCUTS 2011 NSP Yield & Management Contest rule change


A judging rule change has been made for the 2011 NSP Yield and Management Contest.


Contestants’ scores in the Irrigated Division will now be de- termined by yield only, instead of the county average as determined by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Ser- vice. Contestants entering the Non-Irrigated Division will still be scored on the amount in bushels by which their yield exceeds the 5-year county average for that division as determined by USDA-NASS.


For a complete listing of the 2011 contest rules, refer to p. 11. Production webinars address no-till, weed control


The Sorghum Checkoff and the Plant Management Net- work have released three new webcasts on sorghum crop management open to all growers.


These webcasts cover weed management practices, no-till grain sorghum production, and a comparison of sorghum and corn’s profi tability, particularly in stress-prone environments.


“These webcasts present useful and important informa- tion that is pertinent to the needs and interests of sor- ghum farmers,” said Bill Kubecka, chairman of the Sorghum Checkoff . “Whether it be utilizing good stew- ardship practices for the new post-emergent weed and grass control technology, or increasing yields through no- till systems, these webcasts off er something for every sor- ghum farmer.”


To access the webcasts brought to you by the Sorghum Checkoff and the Plant Management Network, visit www. sorghumcheckoff .com/sorghum-webinars.


The Plant Management Network (www.plantmanagement- network.org) is a nonprofi t online publisher whose mission is to enhance the health, management and production of agricultural and horticultural crops.


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Parting Shot: A gluten-free gift


Jill Harrell of Leesburg, Ga., won a cookie bouquet from NSP during Commodity Classic, March 2-4 in Tampa, Fla. In addition to the sugar cookies that were each decorated with the NSP sorghum head logo, were packets of Gluten- Free Essentials™ baking mixes made with 100 percent glu- ten-free sorghum fl our.


NSP held the drawing at the Classic trade show, which was a sell out this year with 871 exhibitors and 222 companies. There were more than 4,826 att endees this year at Clas- sic. Farm families represented over half of the participants with 2,776 att endees, and fi rst-time att endees saw an 80 percent increase over the previous year.


For more information about Gluten-Free Essentials™, visit their website at www.gfessentials.com


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