THE 2000 National Grain Sorghum Yield and Management Contest is under way, and farmers still have time to enter the contest, says James Vorderstrasse, National Grain Sorghum Producers (NGSP) Yield and Management Contest chairman and producer from Hebron, Neb.

Sorghum growers from across the United States compete each year to determine how their sorghum yields stack up on the county, state and national levels. Winners of the contest, which includes five divisions, are determined by the amount a contestant's yield exceeds the five-year average yield in that contestant's county as determined by USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

The contestant's score is the difference between his yield and the county five-year average. Winners are determined by high scores in each division. The contest's five divisions are non-irrigated conventional tillage, irrigated conventional tillage, non-irrigated no-till, non-irrigated mulch-till, and irrigated ridge-till.

Based on scores, state and national winners are named in first, second and third places in each division. State first-place winners go on to compete for national honors.

Producers may enter as many contest plots as they wish. A $35 non-refundable entry fee must accompany each entry/contest plot. Contestants must be members of NGSP; however, dues may accompany the entry.

State and national winners of this year's contest who are present will be honored at NGSP's annual conference slated for Feb. 18-20, 2001, in Nashville, Tenn.

Producers who are interested in entering may contact NGSP at 806-749-3478 or ngsp@sorghumgrowers.com. Entry forms also are available at NGSP's website. That address is: www.sorghumgrowers.com.