Milestones

The path to record breaking yields is marked with milestones. Follow along from planting to harvest as Steven Albracht, Tim Fisher and Earl Wetta document every stage of development. Every day is sure to bring new challenges and big achievements.

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.
Fisher sorghum

(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.
Earl Wetta Update - 5‑6 Leaf Stage
Kansas’ weather conditions have taken a turn from excessive rainfall in the early spring to ideal growing conditions for a yield-busting milo crop. Earl’s sorghum has seen over 1.5 inches of rainfall into mid-July.
With 1.4 more inches of rain coming on July 18 followed by five days of 100+ degrees, these crops are practically exploding. Weed control still looks great without the need for any pesticide applications.
“However, the counties surrounding our fields have been reporting sightings of the sugarcane aphid, so I’m keeping a close watch and scouting my fields daily,” said Wetta.
Earl made a foliar application of Bio-Forge® on July 26 to help his plants maintain a healthy level of plant hormones and maximize their nutrient uptake. The plants are currently in the pre-boot stage and expect to begin heading in about two weeks. Earl was also concerned about the amount of nitrogen still left in his fields. He decided to do a leaf tissue sampling for the first time and sent it off to be analyzed at the local lab. He’s eager to see the results of that test.
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