Evaluating Early Maturing. Cold -Tolerant White Sorghum Cultivars (Part 2)

Project Overview

Project Type: Partnership
Funds awarded in 2017: $22,303.00
Projected End Date: 04/30/2018
Grant Recipient: North Dakota State University
Region: North Central
State: North Dakota
Project Coordinator:
Steve Zwinger
North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center

Information Products


  • Agronomic: sorghum (milo)


  • Crop Production: seed saving, varieties and cultivars
  • Education and Training: participatory research
  • Production Systems: dryland farming, organic agriculture
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, partnerships

    Proposal abstract:

    NDSU will continue the project, ONC15-007, PI Kutka Evaluating Early Maturing, Cold-Tolerant White Sorghum
    Cultivars, for which the NPSAS FBC was the original lead institution. The co-PIs on the project
    will be Steve Zwinger, Carrington Research Extension Center and Dr. Burton Johnson, Plant

    The objective of the project is to increase seed of white, open-pollinated sorghum cultivars for
    the FBC which has the ownership rights to the seed increase. NDSU will increase up to 20
    experimental cultivars of white sorghum lines; 10 at the CREC by Steve Zwinger and 10 at
    Prosper by Dr. Johnson. These lines will be grown to complete the work stated in the original
    proposal that identified the need to “identify and provide farmers, processors and consumers with
    seed for the most desirable sorghum accessions.” The seed will be grown and increased to
    provide members of the FBC with seed.

    Dr. Johnson will also conduct a combined analysis of the research results from 2016 trials.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The original project objectives:

    Objective 1: Evaluate 106 sorghum lines with known cold-tolerance traits for adaptation and performance in
    North Dakota.

    Objective 2: Identify sorghum accessions with marketable milling qualities paired with agronomic performance in
    northern tier states.

    Objective 3: Demonstrate the agronomic and market feasibility of white sorghum as an alternative crop option for
    northern growers.

    Objective 4: Disseminate variety trial data and project results to prospective growers and potential markets.

    Objective 5: Obtain funding for two more years of replicated variety trials, identifying and providing farmers,
    processors and consumers with seed for the most desirable sorghum accession.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.