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On this week’s episode, we visit with Dan O’Brien, an extension agricultural economist at Kansas State University. Dan is a long standing friend of Sorghum Smart Talk and we are excited to have him back on the podcast to discuss the recently released USDA prospective planting and WASDE reports. Tune in to learn more about marketing grain sorghum in…
 
On this week’s installment of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Director of Agronomy Brent Bean, Ph.D., to discuss waxy sorghum. Bean breaks down what makes waxy sorghum unique from grain sorghum, potential market opportunities and offers advice to growers who may be interested in growing waxy varieties. He wraps up the episode wit…
 
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, Corteva Strategic Account Manager Russell French discusses sorghum seed availability as growers begin to finalize planting decisions in northern Texas. Russell provides growers with planting considerations, hybrid selection and what the particular weather patterns could mean for seed supply. Tune in!…
 
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Sustainability Director Kira Everhart-Valentin, Pheasants Forever Chris McLeland and Kansas sorghum farmer Garrett Love to talk about the sustainable relationship between sorghum operations and upland game bird populations. To learn more about this upcoming partnership from the p…
 
On this installment of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with the newest edition to the Sorghum Checkoff, Norma Ritz Johnson. After working for the Lubbock community for over a decade, Norma started serving as the checkoff’s executive director earlier this year. She brings a culmination of prior sorghum experience, expansive leadership capabilities and …
 
We had Dave White from the 9B Group on this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk. Dave works for a benefit corporation focused exclusively on improving public health through agricultural channels. For Dave's insight into proposed climate initiatives and what could be expected in the sustainability space, tune in.…
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Daniel Sell—better known as Farmer Dan. Daniel describes his family’s farming operation in the Texas Panhandle, his experience on social media and how he advocates for agriculture to diverse audiences. To learn more about Dan and his online presence, listen in!…
 
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Policy Director Patrick Wade about his role on the agricultural technical advisory committees for trade and what free trade could mean for American sorghum producers. To learn more about emerging market opportunities, the potential for existing market expansion and w…
 
We kick off 2021 with Sorghum Checkoff CEO Tim Lust on the year’s first installment of Sorghum Smart Talk. Sorghum just closed out one of the most exciting years to date, and the industry is looking forward to all the new things 2021 could bring. Lust discusses price, basis, exports, markets and more. You don’t want to miss this one!…
 
As 2020 comes to a close, the Sorghum Checkoff welcomes 2021 with open arms. On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Past Chairman Craig Poore from Alton, Kansas. Craig shares how his operation fared in 2020, reflects on his time with the Sorghum Checkoff and what he looks forward to in 2021 for the sorghum indu…
 
On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Miranda Barrett from Texas’ Coastal Bend. Barrett talks about her journey from a nurse in Houston, Texas, to a farmer in South Texas. She reflects on how her role has changed since she arrived on the farm, and what she is looking forward to in the future. Tune in!…
 
We visit with Sorghum Checkoff Agronomy Director Brent Bean, Ph.D., on this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk. Bean advises growers to consider the area’s projected weather forecast, different hybrids and the application of new technologies. Listen in to learn more!United Sorghum Checkoff Program による
 
On the final episode of a three-part series looking at sorghum in 2021, we have Tom Christiansen from Foresight Brokerage, LLC, on to talk about what could be on the horizon for coarse grains—specifically sorghum—in the upcoming season. He discusses risk management, global demand and what farmers can be to protect themselves from market volatility.…
 
On the second episode of our three-part series covering sorghum markets, we visit with a very special guest. This week, we talked with Paul Huang of Jun Jie Agricultural Trading Company, the largest Chinese importer of U.S. sorghum. Paul discusses the need for American sorghum in recovering, emerging and strengthening Chinese markets, and says, “if…
 
On the first installment of a three part series covering all things sorghum markets, we visit with Dr. Dan O’Brien from Kansas State University. O’Brien breaks down how the 2020 season went, predicts how the 2021 season will go and encourages farmers to act now. Listen in!United Sorghum Checkoff Program による
 
National Sorghum Producers Executive Vice President John Duff and Sorghum Checkoff Market Development Director Doug Bice co-host this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk to discuss pet food with Kansas State University Research Professor Greg Aldrich, Ph.D. The trio tackles the nutritional benefits of sorghum in campion animal formulations, how th…
 
Sorghum Checkoff Sustainability Director Kira Everhart-Valentin joins us on Sorghum Smart Talk to chat about sustainability, conservation and potential industry partnerships. Everhart-Valentin explains that sorghum is well positioned to take advantage of both current and future initiatives, what the sustainability space may look like in a few years…
 
With sorghum harvest creeping further north, we have Kooper Kutter Product Development and Marketing Manager Alan VanNahmen on this week’s episode to discuss their ARRO conversion. VanNahmen explains that ARRO is making sorghum harvest fun again by converting a corn head to cut sorghum and other agronomic crops. To learn more about their kits, how …
 
This week's Sorghum Smart Talk features Nu Life Market President Earl Roemer. Earl is a fifth generation farmer from Scott City, Kansas, who has always been interested in value-added agriculture opportunities. This interest led him to create Nu Life Market, a sorghum-based food company providing both bulk and retail products to consumers. To learn …
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we get to know United Sorghum Checkoff Program Chairman Craig Poore. Poore, hailing from Stockton, Kansas, manages a diversified agronomic operation and cow-calf program. Learn more about Poore’s family, his involvement with the sorghum industry and his take on the American agriculture. At the Sorghum C…
 
With exciting export activity in the Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, we thought it would be fitting to have Bryce Wilde from Lyford, Texas, on to discuss the Port of Brownsville’s potential impact on the grain trade in South Texas. Wilde describes his operation, their decision to install on-farm storage and their role with West Plains LLC and Brownsville…
 
This week, we visited with Sorghum Checkoff Agronomy Director Brent Bean, Ph.D., and Crop Improvement Director Justin Weinheimer, Ph.D., about the sorghum industry’s battle with the sugarcane aphid. When these pests appeared in 2015, they created the perfect storm to be extremely detrimental to the domestic sorghum supply. Thanks to the Sorghum Che…
 
On this week’s Sorghum Smart Talk episode, we are joined by Sorghum Checkoff board members to discuss their recent elections to the U.S. Grains Council’s board of directors. Jim Massey from Robstown, Texas, talks about his service as the new sorghum sector chair and Verity Ulibarri from eastern New Mexico speaks about being elected as an at-large b…
 
Cargill Sorghum Product Line Manager Bob Vanderloo talks about the importance of market consistency, sorghum demand and grain trading on this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk. Vanderloo urges producers to take advantage of markets created by checkoffs, trade associations and federal agencies to create profit and avoid market volatility. Tune in…
 
On this edition of Sorghum Smart Talk, we have Sorghum Checkoff Executive Director Florentino Lopez on to discuss the Sorghum Checkoff’s recent initiatives to expand into Asian markets. Lopez dives into Vietnamese aquaculture, Chinese liquor and Indian market penetration. To learn more about the regulatory process of getting into these countries, t…
 
We visited with AgBiTech Technical Agronomist Brock Welch on this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk. AgBiTech is a global leader and innovator in biological pest control solutions. Topics of discussion include the company’s background, technologies and global applications. To learn more about AgBiTech’s commitment to sorghum growers, listen in!…
 
On this week’s edition of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visited with John Miller, owner of Southwest Agribusiness Consulting, Inc., to discuss the recently released acreage report and what it means for farmers and the grain market. Topics of discussion include risk management, marketing considerations and ways farmers can take advantage of current market …
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Sorghum Checkoff Crop Improvement Director Justin Weinhiemer, Ph.D., about new herbicide tolerance technologies in sorghum followed by Advanta’s North America Business Director Barry Lubbers who talks about their product -- igrowth™. In this two-part episode, we discuss Sorghum Checkoff ef…
 
There are very few combinations that make as much sense as quail, pheasants and sorghum. On this episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever’s Ryan Heiniger and Chris McLeland to discuss what role sorghum plays in wildlife conservation. To learn more about this collaboration, tune in to this week’s episode. http…
 
In this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk we welcome two new staff members to Team Sorghum, Kira Everhart-Valentine and Clint White. The Sorghum Checkoff recently launched an initiative to increase market value for growers by positioning sorghum as a sustainable solution for food, feed and energy sectors that serves the global community and its …
 
Over the last couple of years, the sorghum industry overall has renewed a focus on conservation and sustainability. The National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) plays a critical role in that, and this podcast is the first in a series to discuss this effort and farming practices that promote conservation and sustainable practices.…
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk we talk with Tom Martin about his business, Milo Insulation. Based out of Tulia, Texas, the company sources its product locally by direct contracting with sorghum farmers throughout Texas to make chemical-free, economically responsible insulation products. Be sure to tune into this week’s episode to lear…
 
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we chat with JB Stewart from Keyes, Oklahoma, to learn more about him, his operation and how he and his family celebrate the holiday. JB was the National Sorghum Producers Chairman from 2014-2015. Tune into our special Thanksgiving episode of Sorghum Smart Talk as we discuss Turkey Day traditions and count …
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with California grain crop farmer Tara Beaver to discuss mental health and her social media campaign surrounding the subject, #MentalHealthMonday. Mental health in rural America and in agriculture is becoming an increasingly important topic. Beaver said social media acts as a platform to show o…
 
This week on Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS) Director Daniel Neenan. We discuss resources such as rescue programs and safety training designed specifically for agriculturists. Neenan expresses how important farm safety is and encourages certain precautions be taken to ensure the farmer’s a…
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk we visit with Jim Massey, a sorghum farmer from Robstown, Texas, and the Vice Chairman for the Sorghum Checkoff board of directors. Massey recently went on a mission to Spain with the U.S. Grains Council to evaluate market potential and how conditions could potentially create an opportunity for increased…
 
In this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk we visit with Chairman of the National Sorghum Foundation Larry Lambright. We discuss the Foundation and scholarship opportunities for active university students interested in studying agriculture and, more specifically, the sorghum industry. Lambright’s passion for agriculture and long-time service to s…
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we talk with Derek Peine, CEO of Western Plains Energy, LLC in Oakley, Kansas. Western Plains Energy is an ethanol plant that direct contracts with several farmers to supply their grain. Listen in to hear how both parties may benefit from the arrangement. http://wpellc.com/ https://www.facebook.com/west…
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk we visit with Mike Baker. Baker is a sorghum farmer from Trenton, Nebraska, serving as chairman for the Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board and on the National Sorghum Producers Legislative Committee. Baker has cultivated a successful operation through dynamic marketing and his willingness to experiment with di…
 
In this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk we visit with John Williams. Williams farms in Enfield, Illinois, and serves on the National Sorghum Producers Legislative Committee on behalf of the sorghum industry. Williams joins us to discuss his investment in marketing strategies on his operation and the pet food market he is able to take advantage…
 
On this week’s episode of Sorghum Smart Talk, we visit with Jeff Zortman. Zortman is a sorghum farmer from Fowler, Kansas, and a newly appointed Sorghum Checkoff board director. Zortman produces food grade sorghum on his operation, branching out into the consumer food industry. Following a detailed marketing plan and consumer trends has allowed Zor…
 
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