LUBBOCK – Three half-day "What You Need To Know" grain sorghum workshops will be held at three locations across the South Plains, beginning in Plainview next Monday.

"These workshops are designed for producers, crop consultants, agronomists and seed industry personnel," said Calvin Trostle, Texas Cooperative Extension agronomist based at Lubbock. "The program at each workshop is designed to help producers make better grain sorghum production and management decisions."

The workshops are sponsored by Extension, the Texas Grain Sorghum Board and the Texas Grain Sorghum Association. Each workshop will run from 8:15 a.m to noon. Registration costs $5 per person, including educational materials.

Lunch will be provided by the Texas Grain Sorghum Association. Those who attend can qualify to earn three continuing education units.

The first workshop is slated for April 5 at the Ollie Liner Center in Plainview, at 2000 S. Columbia St. The second workshop is set for April 12 at the Dawson County Community Building in Lamesa, at South 8th and Houston streets. The third workshop will be held April 15 at the Women's Building in Levelland, at 1921 Blackgold Road.

The program will cover basic grain sorghum growth and development, sorghum plant types and characteristics, South Plains production tips, hybrid selection criteria and suggestions, herbicides and weed control, insects and disease considerations, and conservation tillage.

"We will round out each workshop with a 'fitting it all together' discussion of good production practices and common production mistakes," Trostle said. "Over lunch, our speakers will answer questions and ask for feedback and input from those who attend."

For more information, contact Trostle at (806) 746-6101; Susan Everett at the Texas Grain Sorghum Association at (806) 687-7486; or call the Extension offices in Hale County, (806) 291-5267; Dawson County, (806) 872-7539; or Hockley County, (806) 894-3159.

Tim W. McAlavy is a writer for Texas A&M University.

e-mail: t-mcalavy@tamu.edu