Pennsylvania sorghum grower sets record for yield

Source: National Sorghum Producers news release


National Sorghum Producers is proud to announce a new U.S. dryland sorghum yield record has been set at 245.86 bushels per acre by Ella Johnston of Fulton County, Pennsylvania, in the 35th National Sorghum Yield Contest. Facing weather challenges, economic uncertainty and a challenging year overall, sorghum farmers showed resilience, continued to farm and produce high yielding sorghum, matching the pace of strengthened national average yields annually.

The 2020 National Sorghum Yield Contest had seven national winners, selected from three categories for both the eastern and western regions of the U.S, and one winner was selected for the food grade division. This year's top yield and Bin Buster winner is Johnston's dryland record of 245.86 bushels per acre achieved with Pioneer seed variety 84G62.

The 2020 first place winners of the NSP Sorghum Yield Contest were:

• Kimberly Gamble of Kansas in the Irrigated West category with a yield of 223.51 bushels per acre;

• Jeffrey Barlieb of New Jersey in the Irrigated East category with a yield of 200.71 bushels per acre;

• David Knoll of South Dakota in the Dryland-Tillage West category with a yield of 205.32 bushels per acre;

• Santino Santini Jr. of New Jersey in the Dryland-Tillage East category with a yield of 203.94 bushels per acre;

• Long Farms - Jerry and Sue Long of Kansas in the Dryland-No Till West category with a yield of 186.84 bushels per acre;

• Ella Johnston of Pennsylvania in the Dryland-No Till East category with a yield of 245.86 bushels per acre; and

• Stephanie Santini of New Jersey won the Food Grade category with a yield of 189.10 bushels per acre.

A complete list of the NSP Sorghum Yield Contest national, state and county results can be found here.

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