Sorghum Checkoff Hosts Seed Tour

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Sorghum Checkoff hosted a seed tour in the Texas Panhandle Sept. 4-5, giving state-level sorghum organization leadership an inside look at the private and public sorghum seed industry.

The Texas Panhandle is ground zero for grain sorghum seed production with an estimated 80 percent of U.S. sorghum seed coming from the region. The seed tour highlighted the industry’s public and private breeding nurseries with stops at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service station in Lubbock, Chromatin’s nursery in Idalou, Pioneer’s research facility in Plainview, Richardson Seed in Vega, and the NexSteppe and Advanta locations in Hereford.

A total of 21 growers from Nebraska, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico attended this year’s seed tour. Justin Weinheimer, Sorghum Checkoff crop improvement program director, said the purpose of the tour was to expose leaders of the sorghum industry to various aspects of the sorghum seed sector, including research and development, seed production, marketing and sales.

“There is upward momentum in the sorghum seed industry, and the seed tour represents a great example of how the Sorghum Checkoff can facilitate relationships to grow the sorghum industry through education, promotion and collaborative research efforts,” Weinheimer said.

The United Sorghum Checkoff Program is a producer-funded organization that is dedicated to improving the sorghum industry through research, promotion and education. For more information about the USCP and other research projects please visit