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From the Field

From the Field

Joe Pennington, 65 Raymondville, Texas

1. What markets exist for your sorghum? How do you market your sorghum? Being in deep South Texas, along the Mexican border, we have been fortunate to be able to take advantage of sorghum sales into Mexico. T e last couple of years we have also sold sorghum that went to foreign markets through the Port of Corpus Christi. T is sorghum is generally contracted to local elevators at various times prior to planting and throughout the growing season.

2.What challenges do you deal with at harvest? At harvest we are always watching the Gulf for tropical storms. Also at the peak of harvest we see our country elevators backed up with sorghum deliveries which causes trucking issues.

3. Do you utilize on-farm storage for your sorghum? Why or why not? For the past 20 years we have not used any on-farm storage. Forward contracting at acceptable prices has made delivery to local elevators our preferred method of selling our crop.

SORGHUM Grower Fall 2015

4. How did the 2015 crop yield? Any surprises? Because of the extremely wet spring of 2015, our planting season was quite lengthy. Our earliest planting was our best, and our yields declined the later we planted.

5. How did you manage risk for your sorghum? When prices were the highest, we sold as much sorghum as we felt we could comfortably deliver. Managing market risks is a diffi cult task.

5. Did you encounter the sugarcane aphid this growing season? If so, how did it affect your crop? Yes, our later planted sorghum had the sugarcane aphid at levels that required treatment. About 35-40 percent of our acreage was successfully treated.

Because we were scouting our sorghum acreage, I believe we held damage to a minor amount. Overall, I think we were fortunate considering the amount of late planted sorghum.


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