Whirlwind Sorghum Tour 2013

Good morning.  Sorry that it has been a while since I’ve updated the blog page here, it’s a really busy time of year around the office.  I will try to cover a few different subjects without getting to long and boring.  As many of you know as Seeds 2000 transitions into Nuseed you will expect to see some changes.  Seeds 2000 was based on direct sales out of Breckenridge office, but as we look to the future we have realigned our sales force to better match growing customer needs.  Our Product Specialists will now be in charge of specific territories covering both direct sales and management of our Independent Sales Associate (ISA) network.

Nuseed has three core crop interests where we want to be responsible for the product from breeding through sales.  These are sunflowers, canola, and sorghum.  The past week and a half I have had the opportunity to travel through Oklahoma, Kansas, and Nebraska looking at Nuseed entries in university trials in those states.  Sorghum is planted on over 6 million acres nation wide, and as we struggle with drought and water restrictions in some areas we look for this crop to grow.  Sorghum like sunflowers is a very good option for drought prone areas and drought prone soils.  We are working with an ethanol producer in Nebraska that sees that with reduced water sorghum will fit a need for ethanol production. Travelling through those states I got to see sorghum under many different scenarios: dryland, irrigated, double-crop, and late planting.  From what I can tell, especially as you get into the drier regions in the western part of the states is that sorghum is a great fit.  Many of the dryland acres of corn I saw were a total loss, where as the sorghum was going to produce a crop.

Locally, I saw the first corn being combined this past Monday just a little north of Breckenridge.  I was pretty surprised by this as most of the corn I had been looking at has just getting to black layer.  I later found out it was a very earlier maturity that was planned to be harvested early for a field day so no need to get all worked up about combining corn just yet.  There have been a few early maturing soybeans that have come off so far, I haven’t really heard any yields yet, but I would guess by the looks they were in the 35-40 bu range.  Look for more localized information coming in the next week as I will be out and about taking final stand counts for all of my plots.

Finally I would like to thank all the people that showed up at our Big Iron brand transition event.  Although I wasn’t able to attend everyone I have talked to said it was a huge success.  We had about 300 people swing through the reception for some BBQ and beer and had a chance to mingle and talk with Nuseed personnel from all over the country.