Sorghum Checkoff Explores Technologies Down Under
USAgNet - 01/30/2019
Sorghum Checkoff board members, staff and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomist Ronnie Schnell recently had the opportunity to travel in Australia to learn about new technologies that could be implemented in the United States.
The team learned about biological control of headworms, visited Pacific Seeds, which is owned by Advanta, and their igrowth sorghum in Australia. The main purpose of igrowth technology is to control grass postemergence in sorghum. Advanta is currently
pursuing a label for this technology in the United States.
The team also learned how farmers are reducing the population of weeds by controlling the spread of weed seeds by the combine. The visit highlights were featured on local Australian news channel, WIN News.
Clayton Short of Assaria, Boyd Funk of Garden City, Martin Kerschen or Garden Plain, Shayne Suppes of Scott City and Craig Poore of Alton serve on the Sorghum Checkoff board. Poore is also the board secretary.