Planting Milestones

Follow champion growers chronicle their Planting stage milestones.

Earl Wetta Update - Planting
Kansas has been experiencing excessive rains this spring, which has, unfortunately, pushed Earl Wetta’s planting date back later than he had planned. But after a couple dry weeks in early June and some light disking, he was able to plant into ideal moist soil conditions on June 17, 2016. Earl chose a Phillips 672 seed variety for his Shootout milo; planting in 30-inch rows with a seed depth of 1 inch and a seed rate of 37,000. His herbicide program consists of 1.5 quarts of Lexar® EZ Herbicide applied preplant and another 1.5 quart of Lexar EZ applied pre-emergence.
Earl’s land is not irrigated, but thanks to increased rainfall, his crop should have what it needs during the crucial early growth stages. To help the crop along, he applied Stoller Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer (8 oz/A) tank mixed with 5 gallons of 10-34-0 starter fertilizer in-furrow. He had also applied 140 units of anhydrous (N) back in early March with the intent to plant his sorghum in May, but Mother Nature had other plans, as she often does. We are excited to see how his sorghum performs this season in spite of the later planting date. With good weather conditions, a little nurturing and the help of some yield enhancing products from Stoller, Earl feels good about his chances to have a very high yield.
Tim Fisher Update - Planting
Tim planted his Pioneer® 84P80 sorghum seed on April 17. With a plant population of 120,000 plants per acre, his sorghum was planted in 30-inch rows, 1 inch deep into dry soil conditions. Tim is utilizing conventional till management practices, and his fields are row-water irrigated. Prior to planting, he applied 100 lbs. of sulfate, 150 lbs. of potash and 25 units of nitrogen.

By treating his seed with Bio-Forge® and Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer, his plants are off to a good start, mitigating the stress from early spring rain and cool temperatures. Following planting, Tim applied a side-dress application of total phosphate. Below are some photos of Tim planting his sorghum fields on April 17.

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Steven Albracht Update - Planting
Due to excessive rains in the area, Steven ended up planting later in the season than he had originally planned. Prior to planting, manure was applied to the field in the fall to prepare for this year’s sorghum crop. He also ripped the ground twice and ran a finishing plow to prepare an ideal seedbed.

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Steven is planting Pioneer® 84G62 and Pioneer® 84P72 sorghum seed. The seed was treated with Stoller Stimulate™ Yield Enhancer and Bio-Forge® ST to help the crop develop a solid root structure and encourage uniform emergence. Steven also applied a herbicide program consisting of Bicep Lite II Magnum® with Sharpen® Herbicide to keep the fields clean of weeds and drive burndown of broadleaf weeds.

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He planted into moist soil conditions on May 31, with a plant population of 105,000 seeds, 30-inch rows and a three-quarter inch to 1-inch seed depth. Being in the Texas Panhandle, things can get hot and remain dry, so Steven’s sorghum field is pivot irrigated to compensate for when Mother Nature is being stingy with the rainfall.