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Welcome to a new season. This year we are going to follow the growth and development of a sorghum plant. Sorghum, commonly referred to as milo is not native to the U.S. It is really a tropical plant that comes from the African savannah. It is grown primarily in this country on the semi-arid plains, ranging from Texas to Nebraska. It's ability to withstand droughts and "wait" for precipitaiton, along with it's tillering habit, which allows it to compensate as the growing season unfolds, makes it a great crop for the uncertain, and ever changing weather conditions we experience here in Kansas. The Kansas Department of Agriculture reported in 2000 that 3.5 million acres were planted to sorghum, with an average yield of 59 bushels per acre, generating revenue of over 330 million dollars. It's an important crop, and is a great crop to use in rotation with wheat, as well as corn and soybeans in the eastern half of our state.

Over the next several weeks, we will bring you pictures and commentary as we watch this season of sorghum develop.

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