Time Remaining to Re-Plant with Sorghum on the High Plains

LUBBOCK, TX – As West Texas farmers face late plant and re-plant conditions, sorghum is a viable option for High Plains producers.

“We are in a different weather and grain price environment than we were a year ago, and sorghum has potential to be a profitable crop for local producers,” said National Sorghum Producers Vice Chairman Kody Carson, a sorghum grower from Olton, Texas. “There are multiple local options for milo in the ethanol, grain and livestock feed markets, and current cash bids remain competitive at multiple area cooperatives from Levelland to Plainview.”

While concerns about sugarcane aphids exist, there are options and resources for farmers should they encounter sugarcane aphids during the 2019 growing season.

“As we approach $5 grain prices, farmers can still be profitable if treatment is necessary,” Carson said. “Anytime we have to manage a pest, there are challenges that go with that, but thankfully there are herbicide options available as well as tolerant hybrids to help farmers reduce risks. The industry has learned a lot about how to practically and effectively control sugarcane aphids in sorghum.”

For more information about managing the sugarcane aphid, visit DefendYourCrop.com. For details about local bids and other information, producers can contact NSP at 800-658-9808.


National Sorghum Producers represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry coast to coast through legislative representation, regulatory representation and education. To learn more about NSP, visit www.sorghumgrowers.com.