Sesaco's Jared Johnson Says It's Not Too Late for Sesame in OklahomaWed, 15 Jun 2016 22:23:57 CDT
For farmers looking for a late season spring crop, sesame may be the answer. Jared Johnson, Sesaco field tech representative, says the spring rains have made this a good year to take advantage of double crop opportunities.
For those worried that it’s getting too late to plant sesame, Johnson says there’s still time.
“We still have up until July 4 in the northern parts of the state and up until July 20 in the southern parts,” he says. “Don’t be afraid to check into sesame this year. With the conditions like they are, were setting up for a really good year.”
As summer approaches and the days get warmer, Johnson says sesame’s drought and heat tolerance make it a great choice for this part of the country.
“Sesame is a very drought tolerant crop, and you really can’t get it too hot,” he says. “It will take all the heat units you can throw at it.”
Johnson says Sesaco is currently offering double crop contracts to producers in Oklahoma and north Texas. Contracts are offered on an acre basis with conveniently located seed dealers and delivery points.
With current sesame prices at $0.32/lb. for dry land and $0.35/lb. for irrigated, Johnson says double crop fields average around 600 to 800 lbs. and primary crop fields go up to 1,000 lbs.
“You’re looking anywhere from $320 to $200 an acre gross,” he says. “Sesame is a pretty low-input crop. We try to do everything we can to keep costs around $80 an acre - that’s with seed, chemical and fertilizer.”
To learn more about growing sesame on your farm, contact Johnson at (405) 531-7840 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.sesaco.com.
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