2016 Sorghum School

Ignacio) Good morning folks, welcome to AGam in Kansas. My name is Dr. Ignacio Ciampitti. I am a Cropping System Specialist working row crops here at K-State. And today I would like to talk about Crops Schools. If you recall the last previous weeks we were talking about the Corn Schools and the Soybean Schools. So, today is the turn to talk about the Sorghum Schools. Sorghum Schools are a very successful event and it’s a combination of several years, I would say more than five years, that we are conducting those Sorghum Schools. Always highly successful, always we have every year around, close to 400 people attending those schools. We are always trying to move around the state and try to go to different locations. So, usually schools will start at nine o’clock in the morning. We are looking to have everyone if possible 15 minutes before for registration and to make sure that we started the school at nine. And then we will try to finalize with lunch included around 2:30 or 3:00 p.m., which will include also a Farmers Panel at the end, with the idea to have more interaction and more discussions about what are their worries and the farmers are concerned about sorghum production and things that they are concerned about the future of sorghum production. Tuesday is our first day, Tuesday, February 2nd. That is our first location on the western side. First location is in Scott City. We have a location there, two years ago, very successful school, so we hope to see you, all farmers and people that are down there are just to make sure that we have another event as successful as we have in 2014. The idea is in Scott City, focus on topics specific to the southwest. We will talk about limited irrigation sorghum, we will talk about iron chlorosis, we’ll talk about sugarcane aphids. So, as you see, those topics are very specific for that area. But the idea and the goal is to provide updates, information, everything working around the K-State College of Ag and Agronomy Department to make sure that we can provide that information to all farmers. From there we are moving to our second location in the state. And in that location that week we are going on Wednesday, February 3rd to Phillipsburg. Again, that location will be more to cover the north western side of the state and north central section of the state. And the idea is to make sure we have a school focused on specific topics. We will be talking about again, limited irrigation in some areas but also we’ll be focusing a little bit more on the disease and some of the things and issues that we had this year on sorghum standability, fusarium and charcoal rot. The third location is on Thursday, February 4th and it will be in Ellsworth. And that location is trying to cover the central part of the state. And the idea is very similar. We will be including some future topics. Again, we will have maybe an hour presentation as mentioned before on the weed control side, which we believe that is one of the main critical topics that we had from last year and also one hour on the sugarcane aphid. So those are the two main things that we are emphasizing, but also we are increasing the number of presentations and adding more kind of short topics so we can increase the variety of topics that we can offer and also information that we can provide to sorghum farmers. Last of the Sorghum Schools is Friday, February 5th and is in Emporia. We were having a lot of questions last summer of people working and trying to improve on our sorghum in some sections in the eastern side of the state and even south east section of the state. So, we are trying to make sure that we are still relevant for those farmers that are going back to sorghum. So that’s the idea, that school is to make sure that we have some school in that area to be relevant for farmers that are thinking of producing sorghum for the next coming years. In Emporia again, very similar topics, with very highly qualified presenters, from Dr. Dan O’Brien, Bill Golden in the western side. Irrigation specialist we have Curt Thompson as our weed specialist for weed control strategies. Also he will be talking about new strategies and new different types of news on the weed control side. So, stay tuned to all that information because it will be very good information. We also have some new information about production practices that we were developing the last two years. So, we will be giving short summaries of what are the best production practices and what are the things that we should be targeting in the next coming years in order to increase those sorghum yields at least from five to ten bushels and trying to bump, re-bump those sorghum yields in some areas of the state. Hybrid selection, economics, those are most of the featured topics that we plan to cover in all the schools. Again, if you are looking for information about specific dates and locations so you can put in your calendars, make sure to stay tuned to the eUpdates. It’s www. agronomy.ksu.edu. Then you go inside of our website and then you get to the right side and then you’ll see a tab, it’s called eUpdates. Inside of the tab eUpdates you will see every Friday afternoon all the information related to new production issues and also information related to extension events like this one and our Crop Winter Schools. Online registration will be available immediately almost in the next coming weeks and also you will be able to register just calling your Extension Office.

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