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Kans a s GR AIN SO RGHUM Commis sion


Sorghum Update

Brought to you by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission Research Update

he vision of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (KGSC) is focused on increasing grain sorghum profitability and being recognized as a valuable asset by the Kansas grain sorghum producer. KGSC directs the investment of funds generated by the grain sorghum checkoff to enhance producer profitability. Since the inception of the

United Sorghum Checkoff Program, KGSC has invested over $2 million in research. Below is a listing of the projects that KGSC will be funding beginning Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015. For more information about these projects, please contact KGSC at

Key 2014-2015 Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission Research Investments

• Remote Sensing Screening Tools for Sorghum Breeding Programs • Best Management Practices for Top-Yields in Sorghum • Sorghum Yield and Profitability Response to Water Supply and Irrigation Management • Germplasm Screening Host-Plant Interactions and Inoculation Techniques for Sorghum Stalk Rot Diseases in Kansas • Evaluation of Sorghum Germplasm for Herbicide Tolerance • Improved Genomic Mapping and Marker-Assisted Selection for Cold Tolerance in Grain Sorghum • Evaluating Nitrogen and Iron Use Efficiency in Advanced Sorghum Lines • Development of sorghum parental (A/B and R) lines with enhanced drought and cold tolerance • Improving Yield Potential of Grain Sorghum through Drought and Heat Tolerance • Breeding Sorghum for Improved Production and Utilization • Effect of Chinch Bug Feeding and Drought on Sorghum Stand Establishment and Yield • Development of Long-Term USDA-ARS PSGD Sorghum Breeding Presence in Kansas • Sorghum Double Haploid Technology for Kansas Farmers

Responding to farmers’ need for better weed control, KGSC is investing in a herbicide screening project that evalu-

ates sorghum germplasm for herbicide tolerance. Also, KGSC responded to a timely priority for Kansas farmers by fund- ing a best management practices and economics of irrigated sorghum project. Sorghum farmers will have access to cur- rent water research with a coordinated research project that addresses best management practices, updating the water efficiency curve and associated water farm economics. KGSC approved funding of over $750,000 in research with Kansas State University, USDA-ARS and Heartland Plant In-

novations. Kansas Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Chad Bontrager participated in KGSC’s proposal review process. “It is clear KGSC is focused on producer productivity,” Bontrager said. “Key priorities for KGSC are yield, weed control and agronomic traits from pest and disease control to trait development in the breeding program.” KGSC Board of Directors: District 1 – Lonnie Wilson, Colby; District 2 - Greg Graff, Leoti; District 3 - Boyd Funk, Garden City,

Secretary / Treasurer; District 4 – Stephen Bigge, Stockton; District 5 – Clayton Short, Assaria, Chairman; District 6 – Jay Zimmerman, South Haven; District 7 – Nathan Larson, Riley; District 8 - Jeff Casten, Quenemo, Vice-chairperson; District 9 - Gary Kilgore, Chanute.

For more information about the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, contact KGSC Administrator Jill Barnhardt 795 22nd Rd. NW, Lebo, KS 66856 (785) 477-9474,,

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