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January 16, 2014
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K-State Sorghum Production Schools Planned for February

This year’s program will include sessions on new technologies

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State University will host its Sorghum Production School in four locations around the state in February. 

The schools, planned for Scott City, Beloit, Wichita and Manhattan, address such issues as risk management, irrigation management, production practices, nutrient and soil fertility, and weed, insect and disease management, said Ignacio Ciampitti, crop production specialist with K-State Research and Extension.

New to the program this year are sessions focusing on the use of new technologies, such as web tools and mobile apps.

“Kansas is the No. 1 producer of grain sorghum in the United States and we’re committed to working with producers in growing the most productive crop in the most efficient way possible,” Ciampitti said. 

The program, which is similar at each location, begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Each sorghum school includes lunch. There is no cost to register, but participants are asked to pre-register before Feb. 3.

Online registration is available at K-State Sorghum Production Schools or by emailing or calling the location at which participants plan to attend. Dates, locations and contacts include:

  • Feb. 11 – Scott City – William Carpenter 4-H Building – John Beckman, jbeckman@ksu.edu or 620-872-2930;
  • Feb. 12 – Beloit – NC Kansas Technical College Auditorium – Sandra Wick, swick@ksu.edu or 785-282-6823;
  • Feb. 13 – Wichita – Sedgwick County Extension Center – Zach Simon, zsimon@ksu.edu or 316-660-0100; and
  • Feb. 14 – Manhattan – International Grain Programs Building – Greg McClure, gmcclure@ksu.edu or 785-537-6350. 

The schools are also sponsored by the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and supported by the United Sorghum Checkoff, Chromatin, KFRM radio, and Bayer CropScience.


In 2013, Kansas produced 165 million bushels of sorghum of the U.S. total of 389 million bushels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported on Jan. 10. Texas ranked No. 2, producing almost 129 million bushels. 


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Mary Lou Peter
K-State Research & Extension News

Ignacio Ciampitti , ciampitti@ksu.edu; Curtis Thompson, cthompso@ksu.edu