Forage, grain sorghum hybrids to be featured at Sept. 13 field day near Bushland

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608,
Contact: Dr. Jourdan Bell, 806-677-5600,

BUSHLAND – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the Bushland Forage Sorghum Silage Field Day from 9 a.m. to noon on Sept. 13.

Forage sorghum trials being conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife are looking at management, varietal selection and sugarcane aphid damage. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Kay Ledbetter)

The plots are located west of Amarillo. Exit Interstate 40 at Arnot Road and stay on the interstate frontage road westbound about a mile to Hill Drive. Turn north on Hill Drive for about one-half mile and it will be on the left.

The primary field tour will consist of the 2018 Forage Sorghum Silage Trial with 58 forage sorghum hybrids and the 2018 Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trial with 32 grain sorghum hybrids, said Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo. Megan Eikner, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Potter County, will help Bell discuss these trials.

Dr. Ed Bynum, AgriLife Extension entomologist in Amarillo, will provide updated information on sugarcane aphid management, and Lizabeth Gresham, AgriLife Extension family and community health agent for Potter County, will discuss why grain sorghum is a “superfood.”

After the primary tour, Bell will provide an informal tour of the 2018 Inzen sorghum plots. Inzen grain sorghum is grain sorghum that is resistant to the ALS-herbicide Zest.

“We know that the herbicide Zest provides very good grass control, but there are currently not any Inzen hybrids on the market,” she said. “In this year’s trial, we are primarily evaluating the effect of Corteva’s (formerly Dupont) Zest herbicide on two new Inzen grain sorghum hybrids.”

Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered – one general and one integrated pest management.

For more information and to visit the forage sorghum trial at different time, contact Bell at 806-341-8925.


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