Legendary Seedsman Don Funk Relaunches NC+

Cindy Zimmerman

Legendary seedsman Don Funk, founder of Channel Bio Corp, is leading a team to relaunch the NC+ brand to serve western corn, soybean and sorghum growers. NC+ was started in 1958 as a production and marketing organization for farmers to work together as a group rather than individuals to merchandise and grow seed. The original 56 growers merchandised their seed …

AgWired Precision, Corn, Seed, sorghum, Soybean

BASF at #Classic19

Cindy Zimmerman

As it has for many years, BASF once again partnered with the American Soybean Association (ASA), the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA), the National Sorghum Foundation (NSF) and the National Wheat Foundation (NWF) to award $20,000 in academic scholarships to 11 agriculture industry students. Jessica Olson of Warren, Minnesota received the $5000 2019–2020 ASA Soy Scholarship. NCGA presented scholarships to …

Audio, Award, BASF, Commodity Classic, Corn, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat

ZimmCast 605 – ASTA CSS and Seed Expo

Cindy Zimmerman

ZimmCast #605 is the last one for 2018, featuring interviews from the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) 2018 CSS and Seed Expo, our last event for the year. This ZimmCast includes comments from ASTA president and CEO Andy LaVigne, Bayer seed treatment tech service rep Chip Graham, BASF Seed Solutions U.S. marketing lead Kerry Grossweiler, and Wheat Pete, a podcaster …

ASTA, Audio, BASF, Bayer, Corn, Seed, sorghum, Soybean, Wheat, ZimmCast

Sorghum Growers Benefit From Export Exchange 2018

Cindy Zimmerman

Exports are very important to U.S. sorghum growers, so the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP) was pleased to take part in Export Exchange 2018 and take a couple of teams on tours. “We are excited to host the upcoming trade teams and grow our network at Export Exchange 2018 as sorghum exports have represented a large portion of the U.S. …

Audio, Ethanol, Exports, Grains, RFA, sorghum

EPA Approves Sorghum Oil as Biofuels Pathway

Cindy Zimmerman

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler yesterday announced the approval of sorghum oil as an eligible feedstock under the Renewable Fuel Standard during a signing event at EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., with sorghum farmers and other stakeholders. In December 2017, the EPA released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning renewable fuels produced from sorghum oil under the RFS …

AFBF, Audio, Biodiesel, Biofuels, EPA, Ethanol, NSP, sorghum

China Imposes Import Fee on U.S. Sorghum

Cindy Zimmerman

China’s Ministry of Commerce has imposed a “temporary antidumping measure” on U.S. sorghum imports, requiring a deposit of almost 179 percent on the value of sorghum shipments starting today. National Sorghum Producers president and CEO Tim Lust says they are “deeply disappointed” in the action. “National Sorghum Producers, alongside our producers, stakeholders and partners, has cooperated fully with China’s antidumping …

Audio, sorghum, Trade

Corn Yields and Soybean Acres Set 2017 Records

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn yields and soybean acreage set records in 2017, according to the Crop Production summary from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) out Friday. Corn production was four percent lower in 2017 compared to 2016, but a record high 176.6 bushel per acre yield helped to make up a little bit for the five percent drop in harvested acres. The …

Corn, Cotton, sorghum, Soybean, USDA

Chromatin Growing Sorghum Improvements

Cindy Zimmerman

The first S in the CSS 2017 and Seed Expo is for Sorghum, which was one of the first two crops that started the annual conference back in 1945 as the Corn & Sorghum Conference. Sorghum has come a very long way since then and improvements being made in the crop could make a major difference in developing countries, according …

ASTA, Audio, Seed, sorghum

Foodies Discovering Sorghum

Carrie Muehling

The consumer food market is the next big push for the sorghum industry. While uses for sorghum in the livestock feed and biofuels sectors will continue to be very important, sorghum growers believe grocery stores and restaurants are the next frontier for their product, according to Doug Bice, market development director with the National Sorghum Checkoff. “Whether we’re doing a …

Audio, NAFB, sorghum

Wet Weather Delays Corn Planting

Cindy Zimmerman

Many planters around the Corn Belt were sitting idle last week as wet weather continued to delay planting progress at the start of the season, much to the dismay of farmers anxious to get into the fields. The latest crop progress report from USDA this week shows corn planting progress at six percent falling behind last year at this time …

Corn, Cotton, Planting, sorghum, USDA