The funds will help the entire industry, according to producers.
“Checkoff funds will give the industry resources to conduct needed research in sorghum development,” says J.B. Stewart, who farms in the Western Oklahoma Panhandle. “Seed companies currently are more interested in corn, so we don’t have a lot of money for grain sorghum. Checkoff funds will help the sorghum industry become more self sufficient.”
“Checkoff funds will help university and independent companies conduct more research,” says Arkansas farmer Malcolm Haigwood. He says better varieties and production techniques will allow producers to increase acreage and help seed companies sell more seed.
“The checkoff provides a long term benefit to the entire sorghum industry,” he says.
Stewart says sorghum producers need better weed control options. “We need better over-the-top grass control and I’d like to see a good bit of the checkoff money go to that.”
Haigwood says drought tolerance is also a big issue. “Grain sorghum is already a drought tolerant crop, but we need a bit more.”
He also wants to see research into insect resistance and better herbicides.