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Sorghum Update


Brought to you by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission T Informati on and Research UPDATE - Fall 2015


he Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission (KGSC) vi- sion is focused on increasing grain sorghum prof- itability and being recognized as a valuable asset


by the Kansas grain sorghum producer. The KGSC directs the investment of funds generated by the grain sorghum checkoff to enhance the profi tability of the grain sorghum producer. Since the inception of


the United Sorghum


Checkoff , KGSC has invested more than three million dol- lars in research. Below is a listing of the projects that KGSC will be funding beginning October 1, 2015, through Sep- tember 30, 2016. For more information about these proj- ects, please contact the KGSC administrator. Responding to farmers’ need for new technologies,


the Commission invested in applied management tools and the pipeline for new genetic technologies. The Com- mission invests in a cooperative set of disciplines at Kansas State all geared towards delivering new genetic traits for commercialization in farmers’ fi elds. These disciplines in- clude: genetics, two sorghum breeding programs, physiol- ogy and plant pathology. The Commission values applied management projects and focused this year on evaluating


currently available herbicides, sorghum’s response to vary- ing irrigation levels and best management for top yields. KGSC approved funding of over $760,000 worth of re-


search with Kansas State University, USDA-ARS, and Heart- land Plant Innovations. Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission Chairman, Stephen Bigge, stated, “The commission has in- vested $2.2 million dollars of grower’s checkoff dollars on re- search projects in the last three years. We have been using these investments to fund research focused on priorities like standability, drought tolerance, yield, and weed control. We believe funding research in these areas will help to enhance producer profi tability both today and in the future.” For more information about the Kansas Grain Sorghum


Commission, check out our website at www.ksgrainsor- ghum.org or contact your commissioner. District 1–Lonnie Wilson, Colby; District 2 - Greg Graff , Leoti; District 3–Mike O’Brate, Ingalls; District 4 – Stephen Bigge, Stockton, Chair- man; District 5 – Clayton Short, Assaria, Vice-chairperson; District 6 – Jay Zimmerman, South Haven; District 7 –Na- than Larson, Riley, Secretary / Treasurer ;District 8 - Jeff Cas- ten, Quenemo; District 9 - Gary Kilgore, Chanute.


Key 2015-2016 Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission Research Investments Best Management Practices for Top-Yields in Sorghum Sorghum Yield and Profi tability Response to Water Supply and Irrigation Management Physiological and Genetic Characterization of Grain Sorghum for Enhancing Terminal Heat and Drought Stress Effi cacy of Atrazine, Huskie and Diacamba on Palmer Amaranth under Temperature Stress Evaluating on Sorghum Germ plasm for Herbicide Tolerance Germplasm Screening Host-Plant Interactions and Inoculation Techniques for Sorghum Stalk Rot Diseases in Kansas Improved Genomic Mapping and Marker-Assisted Selection for Cold Tolerance in Grain Sorghum Evaluating Nitrogen and Iron Use Effi ciency in Advance Sorghum Lines Development of sorghum parental (A/B and R) lines with enhanced drought and cold tolerance Breeding Sorghum for Improved Production and Utilization Sorghum Response to Post emergence Applied Huskie Following Preemergence Applied Lexar EZ, Lumaz EZ or Zemax Development of Long-Term USDA ARS PSGD Sorghum Breeding Presence in Kansas Sorghum Double Haploid Technology for Kansas Farmers SDH Technology: Analysis and Enhancement of Haploid Inducing Sorghum Lines


Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission, 795 22nd Rd. NW, Lebo, KS 66856 (785) 477-9474, www.ksgrainsorghum.org


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