“It’s really a dry weather crop,” Burr said. “It takes less than inches of water for sorghum to produce that first bushel. So in some years when dryland maize is not producing anything, there would be at least some sorghum to harvest. “
Sorghum is a cereal crop, similar to maize.
“These are two grass-like plants that produce grain,” Burr said. “In the past, it’s been used pretty much as a feedstock for feedlots, hog farms and things like that.
“What’s exciting about this is that we are starting to see edible grain sorghum coming out. “
Sorghum is gluten-free, Burr said, which is becoming part of the diets of a growing number of people around the world.
“It’s not gluten-free and would also be a non-GMO (genetically modified organism),” Burr said. “We have a growing segment of our population that is interested in eating non-GMO grains, whether good or bad, that’s the way things are going. “
Burr agrees with Blum that the Transformers could move to Nebraska.
“We have quite a few acres of sorghum north of us in the Dakotas and south of us in Kansas and Texas,” Burr said. “It’s a little warmer environment there. “
He said sorghum seems to do best in warmer environments.