K-State Researchers: Modernizing nitrogen guidelines could boost the value of sorghum

Researchers say modernizing nitrogen guidelines for sorghum is more important than ever. It can help producers create a climate-smart commodity.

As a Kansas State Agronomist explains, this means more money in producers’ pockets when it comes to selling grain for ethanol.

“So nitrogen management is important from an environmental aspect because we want to make sure that we’re supplying the crop with sufficient nitrogen but not having excess nitrogen in the system that can be lost either through leeching or nitrogen that’s lost as gas. In conjunction with applying that nitrogen fertilizer at the right rate, in the right place, at the right time, utilizing the right source, the four R’s of nutrient management, we can make sure that we’re meeting the crop production needs and minimizing the environmental loss of nitrogen,” said Peter Tomlinson.

He adds that K-State is partnering with National Sorghum Producers to advance the adaptation of the crop as a climate-smart commodity in the United States.

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