Heading Stage Milestones

Follow champion growers chronicle their Heading Stage stage milestones.

Earl Wetta Update - Heading Stage
Even with a late start this season, Earl’s sorghum has caught up and reached 50 percent flowering on August 19, 2016.
It hasn’t required too much management thus far. The leaf tissue sampling he conducted earlier in the season showed adequate fertilizer levels in the plant, so he decided there was no need for additional applications. He has noticed head worms in the crop and has applied a generic pyrethrin (3.84 oz/A) to manage these pests. Earl’s milo received 1.6 inches of rain on August 7 and another 0.3 inches of rain on August 12. There have been moderate temperatures all season long, which has resulted in strong growth. We are looking forward to seeing Earl’s yield results at harvest. Earl Wetta_Heading
Steven Albracht Update – Heading Photos
Steven Albracht is well on his way to some record yields this season. He's hoping this is what 250+ bu/A sorghum looks like!
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"Typically this time of year, sorghum plants are losing their bottom leaves. But none of that is happening here - the plants are green and healthy, which is just the way I want it," explained Steve. Each leaf contributes to sunlight capture, which ultimately helps pack the weight into the grain.

Tim Fisher Update - Heading Stage
Despite struggling with too much rain and high winds reaching 70 mph, Tim’s sorghum is looking great! We’re talking crops-over-your-head great! Just check out the photo below. No, Tim is not kneeling down.
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(Photo courtesy of Sorghum Checkoff)

The crop reached 50 percent flowering around July 4. Tim applied 6 oz Syngenta Quilt Xcel® Fungicide and 4 oz Bayer Sivanto® Insecticide tank-mixed with Stoller X-Cyte™ to help with pollination during the hot Arkansas summer temperatures. Tim also applied 2.5 lbs per acre of Stoller Harvest More™ Urea Mate and 4 oz Bio-Forge® to enhance the growth and development while reducing the impact of environmental stress conditions on his crops. His crop plan is definitely working, resulting in some out-of-this-world sorghum. We can’t wait to see his yield results post-harvest.
Steven Albracht Update - Heading Stage
Two words to describe Steven’s sorghum growing season: hot and dry. His plants have not received rainfall since planting back in May. Thankfully, his ground is irrigated; and that, coupled with Stoller products to help manage crop stress, has been his saving grace. He has irrigated over 13 inches since July 11.
Despite the lack of rainfall, “The plants look phenomenal,” said Steve. “Today, we are in my field comparing seed treatments. The feeder root mass on the plant treated with Stoller Bio-Forge® and Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer has nearly three times as much root system as the non-treated plant. There are more bracing and feeder roots, and it is going to pick up 60-70 percent more water and nutrients than the untreated at this stage.”
The sorghum seed treated with Stoller Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer and Bio-Forge® ST have developed a root mass nearly three times the size of the untreated plants.

The sorghum seed treated with Stoller Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer and Bio-Forge® ST have developed a root mass nearly three times the size of the untreated plants.

Pictured: (Left) The root mass on a plant from untreated seed. (Right) Root mass of a plant treated with Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer and Bio-Forge® ST.

Pictured: (Left) The root mass on a plant from untreated seed. (Right) Root mass of a plant treated with Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer and Bio-Forge® ST.

In addition to seed treatments, Steve applied 4 oz Stoller X-Cyte™, 1 oz Stoller N-Large™ and 1 gal molasses on July 19. These products will help the plant increase seed germination, push for higher quality grain and increase overall yields. Steve also applied a quarter of NDemand® Entourage K 11-0-16 on July 18 to alleviate potassium deficiencies and maintain potassium levels in his plants.

“We are in mid-July and have had above normal temperatures. We’ve been in 105-108 degree temperatures the last 13 days, so I think that has sped up the milo’s development. As far as what it is going to do for the yield, only time will tell. Right now, I don’t think we’ve hurt ourselves any.” Steve intends to continue to irrigate his fields the next 10 days to help combat the heat and arid environment. Despite the heat stress, the crops continue to thrive and reached 50 percent flowering on August 1.