Sorghum Producer Matthew Splitter

(Jamie) We’re back with Duane and Matthew Splitter, a sorghum producer from Ellsworth and Rice counties.
(Duane) Duane Toews joining you once again with AGam in Kansas and during the 2016 Sorghum Schools held across the state, a chance to catch up with Matthew Splitter from central Kansas here, a sorghum producer. And Matthew tell us a little bit about your operation and how you’ve utilized sorghum in your crop mix. (Matthew) We farm in Ellsworth and Rice counties here in central Kansas and sorghum is a very important part of our operation. It’s a great rotational crop. It’s a good yielding crop for us. It takes the place of corn in our neck of the woods. It takes a lot less moisture to grow of course, and it is a very profitable crop for our operation as well. (Duane) As far as last year, we had tremendous acres in the state of Kansas and the yield was awfully good as well, we were blessed with weather that helped us out in that regard. How do you see things playing out? Obviously price isn’t what it was a year ago. But the yield plus the price still made things pretty reasonable for guys. (Matthew) Yea, the yield was tremendous. We just had an exceptional year for sorghum yields. Of course the price just isn’t there like it was 12 months ago, but the yield more than compensated for the price drop. Being such a rotational crop, it’s very hard to switch away from it, just to try to take advantage of a market or try to take advantage of moisture or anything like that. But last year was just a great year to be a sorghum farmer, on the yield side for sure. Of course, it presents its whole host of problems when you’re starting to deal with some diseases- sugar cane aphids, resistance of pigweeds and other weed pressure like that. But all of that with good management can be overcome for sure. You can produce a good crop year after year. (Duane) Matthew you had an opportunity to participate in a national program called Leadership Sorghum and there’s another class that they’re calling for through the end of April individuals have the opportunity to nominate for that. Tell us a little bit about your experience with that class. (Matthew) I had the opportunity to be in the inaugural class of Leadership Sorghum. It was Class One. There’s quite a number of producers from Kansas, but as well as across– I believe in our class there was eight states represented. We got to see parts of the industry that just the normal producer doesn’t get to see, everything from seed production to policy to exports to domestic use, end users. It was just a tremendous opportunity as a young producer to explore all the sides of the industry. It made me grow as an individual, as a husband, as a father and as a board member for organizations here in central Kansas, for sure. (Duane) Our thanks to Matthew Splitter, for joining us here from the 2016 Sorghum Schools held in Kansas. Again, if you’re interested in Leadership Sorghum, I would encourage you to contact the Grain Sorghum Commission or Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association for more information about that class. Jamie, we’ll send it back to you.
(Jamie) Thanks for joining us. I’m your host Jamie Bloom and I hope you enjoyed today’s show. See you next week on Farm Factor – we’re here every Tuesday on AGam in Kansas.

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