While some producers are thinking about the corn and soybean harvest, some farmers are already harvesting what's known as milo or sorghum. Brad Anderson recently traveled to Pawnee County to talk with farmer Don Bloss. Don says his grain sorghum is producing pretty well this year. "We are quite surprised. Corn that we've picked so far has turned out just average, and the sorghum here is above average. It's probably some of the best grain sorghum that I've raised," Bloss said. "Of course sorghum takes 40-percent less water than corn to raise a good crop, so (the dry conditions we've seen) have worked to it's benefit."
Don Bloss has been producing sorghum for the past 50 years. He is also the chairman of the National Sorghum Producers. He says prices are down like corn, beans and wheat, but right now, sorghum is a couple of cents higher than what corn is. "There are fewer acres of sorghum planted this year than what there has been, because of what's known as the sugar cane afid," Bloss said. He said some farmers are reluctant to go back to growing sorghum until better hybrids are produced that are resistant to that pest.
Bloss says the future of milo or sorghum is good. He believes Nebraska will see an increase in acres in the state, partly due to some new hybrids available. He says there is more research going on now than in the last 30 years to help make sorghum more attractive to producers. He says there are many uses for sorghum, including the ethanol industry, and foreign markets.