Grain sorghum is the best alternative for Texas High Plains cotton producers whose cotton crops fell victim to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

“Although there are many replanting options out there, sorghum is the best option in many cases,” says Jeff Dahlberg, Research Director for the National Grain Sorghum Producers (NGSP). Dahlberg cites favorable moisture profiles as well as adequate supplies of seed for short to mid-season sorghum varieties. to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

In addition, grain sorghum can offer other long-term benefits to producers who traditionally grow cotton. to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

Research conducted near Brownfield, Texas, by Texas Tech agronomist Dan Krieg indicates that a crop rotation consisting of grain sorghum and cotton can increase cotton yields the following season by at least 10 percent. Krieg also has found that rotating sorghum with cotton can have positive impacts on sorghum yields. to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

Producers can help maximize yields by following recommended practices such as choosing appropriate hybrids for maturity and planting based on “plants per acre” rather than “pounds of seed per acre.” to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

“This means reading your seed labels and understanding how many ‘seeds per pound’ are in the hybrid seed bag,” says Dahlberg, noting that specific recommendations will differ between locales and for dryland versus irrigated fields. to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

Producers may want to contact NGSP or their local Agricultural Extension offices for specific plant population recommendations. to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

Although soil moisture is favorable from a short-term standpoint, grain sorghum’s drought tolerant characteristics could prove fruitful later this summer if moisture supplies tighten. to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

Additional grain sorghum production tips and management information can be found on the NGSP website atwww.sorghumgrowers.comor by calling NGSP at (806) 749-3478. to recent torrential storms, wind and damaging hail.

NGSP represents U.S. sorghum producers nationwide.