- 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
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 10
experimental cultivars of white sorghum lines at the CREC by Steve Zwinger. 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 replicated research trial at Prosper, ND.
The original project objectives:
Objective 1: Evaluate 106 sorghum lines with known cold-tolerance traits for adaptation and performance in
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
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.