With grain sorghum prices responding to increased prices, spurred by Chinese demand, producers should look to improved management to maximize yield potential.
Water management, say Texas AgriLife Extension specialists, will be a crucial factor in improving efficiency.
“What’s happening in the sorghum market is a surprise and is exciting for producers,” said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo. “The Chinese market has increased prices. As a result, many producers are considering planting sorghum this year to take advantage of the situation.”
Dana Porter, AgriLife Extension agricultural engineer in Lubbock, says management and maintenance are critical to realizing the benefits of efficient irrigation methods and best management practices. Excellent technology is available; however, site-specific and operation-specific considerations affect suitability of these technologies and best management practices.
In order to optimize sorghum production, irrigation should be managed at critical growth stages.