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Alta Seeds Looking to Offer Grassy Weed Solutions in Grain Sorghum Through New Varieties

Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:09:08 CST

Alta Seeds Looking to Offer Grassy Weed Solutions in Grain Sorghum Through New Varieties Sorghum farmers can look forward to some new advances in seed technology that will help farmers control weeds. At the recent Commodity Classic, Alta Seeds Breeder Ben Beyer said multiple herbicide-tolerant grain sorghum traits will be released soon to farmers across country. Radio Oklahoma Network Farm Director Ron Hays interviewed Beyer about these new advances. Click on the LISTENBAR below to listen to the full interview.


With DuPont Crop Protection, Alta Seeds will be one of two companies offering the Inzen herbicide tolerance trait, which has ALS resistance.


Alta Seeds also has their own proprietary and patented technology that will come to market in 2017 and 2018. Beyer said herbicide tolerance will allow farmers to apply IMI herbicides on their sorghum crop to control grass and broadleaf weeds. Having this new seed technology will boost sorghum yields. Beyer has seen grassy weeds rob farmers of upwards of 5,000 pounds of yield per acre.


"So grassy weeds are a big problem in sorghum," Beyer said. "We currently have ways to tackle the broadleaf weeds, but we feel that solving the grass weed problem is the biggest issue right now in sorghum."


These new herbicide varieties will provide farmers with better yield potential, drought tolerance, water-use efficiency, along with pest and disease resistance. In being a global company, Beyer said sorghum is one of their primary focus crops. He said this allows the company to utilize drought tolerance traits from Australia, pest and disease resistance traits from Argentina and combine those traits with the high yield potential of their U.S. germplasm.


In the Southern Plains, Beyer said farmers can look forward to some new grain and forage sorghum hybrids coming out soon.

   
   

Ron Hays interviews Ben Beyer of Alta Seeds at Commodity Classic
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