Texas Sorghum Insider

April 25, 2013

NSP BOD Nominations – The National Sorghum Producers (NSP) nominating committee is currently seeking applications to fill four seats on its board of directors. Nominated directors will serve three-year terms that begin on Oct. 1. NSP’s mission is to improve the sorghum industry through advocacy and leadership, and their vision is to lead legislative and regulatory change through effective policy and relationships for a more profitable, diverse and competitive sorghum industry. The deadline to apply for the board of director positions are May 1, 2013. Anyone wishing to seek more information about these positions, or to download an application, visit their website.

High Plains Freeze Injury Tool – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension recently had reports of freeze damage in Lubbock Co. for sorghum (that began to emerge on Monday) as well as some other freeze damage on corn in the High Plains. AgriLife has a document online, “Assessing Hail and Freeze Injury to Field Corn and Sorghum B-6014”,  you can download and/or print to assess your freeze damage on your crop. Click here to access the website where the document is located and type ‘hail’ in the search box. For example, you can assess the % adjustment in yield potential with leaf loss at certain growth stages.

Senate Crop Insurance Fight Ahead – With consideration of another Senate farm bill in the near future, Senate Agriculture Committee majority staff members are discussing ways to avoid harmful amendments during the floor process, including a possible strategy of adding to the base bill two amendments approved during last year’s floor debate. The concept is to include the previously-approved amendments – which would tie conservation compliance requirements to crop insurance and reduce premium subsidies to farmers with adjusted gross incomes of more than $750,000 – with some modifications to make each more “farmer friendly.”