As Dryness Persists, Jordan Shearer Suggests Farmers Consider Sowing Drought Tolerant SorghumThu, 08 Mar 2018 11:11:57 CST
As sorghum farmers gear up for the next planting season, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Associate Farm Director Carson Horn sat down with Jordan Shearer, executive director of the Oklahoma Sorghum Association at the recent 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, Calif. to talk about the commodity’s influence in the Sooner State. You can listen to their complete conversation by clicking or tapping the LISTEN BAR below at the bottom of the page.
“A lot of our growers grow wheat and are in the cattle business and sorghum is just a perfect fit for that,” Shearer stated. “I think with our weather extremes in Oklahoma, which can be pretty severe, I think sorghum has a competitive advantage as far as being very drought and heat tolerant and a great rotation for our growers.”
Planting has not yet begun in Oklahoma yet this year, as farmers wait for the soil to warm up to that magic 65-degree temperature. However, the lack of moisture this year has many farmers concerned as they prepare for planting.
“I can tell you, in Slapout where I farm and ranch, we just got a tenth of moisture last week and that’s all we’ve had since the first week of October,” he reported. “That’s all got us real concerned. I know hay stocks are down, so I think a lot of growers are still not really sure about what they’re going to plant this spring.”
Shearer suggest sorghum as an obvious option, to help farmers diversify their farming operations. He also highly recommends farmers take advantage of the cutting-edge technology available to farmers these days and the continuing education opportunities to help them overcome such challenges.
“I think when we look at the farming economy in the 21st Century, using some of these data tools and some of the things you see on the farm show floor is really exciting,” he said. “It’s critical I think on a modern farm. In this day and age, diversifying risk and having crop rotations that benefit the soil and the environment as well as farmers’ bottom line is very important.”
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