Research

Increasing Producer Profitability

The Sorghum Checkoff has rolled up its sleeves and gone to work for sorghum growers since the checkoff began collecting checkoff dollars in July 2008. The farmer board of directors has purposely invested $27,166,942.93 to fund research aimed at boosting producer profitability and making sorghum a healthier industry.

The Sorghum Checkoff has partnered with various research entities to improve profitability, productivity, yield, genetic improvement, herbicide tolerance and more. For a full list of sorghum research partners, see below.

Funded Projects

The Sorghum Checkoff is funding research projects to improve profitability, productivity, yield, genetic improvement, herbicide tolerance and more.

Researcher

Amount

Description

Todd Gaines, Colorado State University

$150,000

To develop new over-the-top grass herbicide resistance traits in sorghum using mutagenesis

Anita Dille, Kansas State University

$160,000

To evaluate ecology of grass weeds in grain sorghum including critical period weed control

Mithila Jugulam, Kansas State University

$30,000

To evaluate sorghum germplasm for herbicide tolerance

The Connect Group, Cassandre Pallas and The Door

$175,000

To reinforce the momentum created within the food and chef communities to help solidify sorghum messaging, increase marketplace knowledge and consumption to open distribution channels and food sales

Patricia Alemdar, Nature2Kitchen

$100,000

For promotion of food grade sorghum within farmers’ markets, festivals and shows

Allison Talley, Enginuity Worldwide

$100,000

To analyze energy and cost effective pretreatment methods using a rotary compression dryer to increase starch digestibility, grain efficiency, porosity and total lipid uptake of feed grains

Kun-Jun Han, Louisiana State University

$68,000

To explore the opportunity of maximizing sorghum grain prebiotics production

Sajid Alavi, Kansas State University

$150,000

To examine sustainability, oxidative stress mitigation and sensory characteristics of sorghum-based canine diets designed for international markets

Kenny Xie, International Chemistry Testing LLC

$20,000

To develop sorghum as functional ingredient and nutraceutical for health promotion and disease prevention

Fang Zhou, BioResource International

$79,403

To increase the use of grain sorghum in the Mid-Atlantic by reducing anti-nutritional compounds with novel enzyme applications in feed for pigs

Donghai Wang, Kansas State University

$180,000

To evaluate the potential of pedigreed sorghum mutants for biofuel production

Kansas State University

$2,000,000

To be leverage with the Kansas Grain Sorghum Commission and KSU to implement the Kansas Improvement Program

U.S. Grains Council

$127,000

For grain sorghum promotion with Mexico

U.S. Grains Council

$135,000

For grain sorghum promotion within Europe as a consume food product and as a commodity

U.S. Grains Council

$93,000

To conduct a duck feeding trial in China

U.S. Grains Council

$35,000

To develop Japanese promotional booklet

U.S. Grains Council

$88,000

To conduct a catfish feeding trial in Vietnam

U.S. Grains Council

$80,000

To create a sorghum quality report

 

$300,000

For continued sugarcane aphid management and a support system*

 

$100,000

For best management practices for ALS technology*

 

$120,000

For fungicide yield enhancements, effects on yield and ROI*

 

$50,000

For regional development of herbicide guidelines*

 

$25,000

For multiple projects designed to evaluate and inform producers*

 

$1,150,000

For the continuation of the conversion program*

 

$75,000

For an evaluation of lipids, oils and waxes*

 

$75,000

To determine the ability of sorghum DDGS in replacement of soybean meal*

 

$50,000

For ethanol production with and without oil extraction*

 

$350,000

For leveraged investments with DOE

 

$120,000

For the continuation of the Prairie Aqua Tech project*

 

$13,000

For qualitative consumer research*

*Principal investigators and project specifics to be determined

Sorghum Research Partners

Completed Projects



Functional Ingredient and Nutraceutical…

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The Carbon Footprint of Sorghum

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Use of Grain Sorghum as the Primary…

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Sorghum Bran as an Antioxidant…

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Introducing New Profit Streams…

Whole sorghum was milled into sorghum flour and sorghum…

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Energy and Cost Efficient Pretreatment…

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Utilization of sorghum ingredients…

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Sorghum distillers dried grains…

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Database

The Sorghum Research Database is an online collection of research articles made possible by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program and Texas Tech University as part of the Texas Tech Sorghum Research Initiative.

Request for Funded Proposals

The Sorghum Checkoff typically seeks pre-proposals each fiscal year for targeted research and education in strategic program areas including crop improvement, high value markets and renewables.

The goal of the RFP is to further enhance the opportunities for sorghum producers through specific projects and/or education that will increase productivity, demand and/or value.

This year, the Sorghum Checkoff will not be seeking pre-proposals and is evaluating past funded research, reflecting on the current focus areas and improvements to the industry. Plans for the RFP for following years will be announced at a later time.