Meet the Members of Leadership Sorghum Class I


Mike runs a no-till, mostly dryland operation farming sorghum, wheat and corn. He has been growing sorghum for 10 years and enjoys the crop’s drought tolerance and durability in diverse weather conditions.

Sorghum provides Stephen’s farming operation with the drought tolerance needed to thrive in his area’s growing conditions. The crop is also used as a valuable winter feeding option for his cow/calf operation.

Pat grows grain sorghum, wheat and soybeans and raises stock cows. He chooses sorghum for his farm because it is the best crop for the area. He has been growing the crop for 30 years and markets his crop locally.

Tanner plants an average of 2,000 acres of sorghum each year because it is a great rotational crop with wheat. His family has been growing sorghum since the 1950s, and uses no-till and re­duced-till farming methods.

Martin grows sorghum because it provides him with good profits, rotation, workload spread and drought tolerance. He farms a total of 2,500 acres using conventional-till, reduced-till and no-till practices on sorghum, wheat and soybeans.

Josh and his family have been growing sorghum for more than 25 years. They also grow wheat, soybeans, alfalfa, corn and oats, and run replacement heifers. He markets his crop to a local ethanol plant and enjoys the crop’s drought tolerance and yield.

Seth has been growing sorghum for 22 years and plants an annual average of 1,500-2,000 acres because the crop is well suited for his farming practices, climate and water conditions. He also grows wheat.

Paul grows 2,000 acres of sorghum each year on his family farm because it fits well with his operation and uses less water than most other crops. His family’s 5,800- acre farm also raises cotton, corn and wheat, and runs a cow/calf operation.

Joey’s family has grown sorghum for 35 years. They grow 1,000 acres of sorghum each year, along with cotton, corn, sesame and sunflowers on their coastal farming operation. Sorghum offers a valuable option to their crop rotation.

Luke, his father and uncle grow 2,000 acres of sorghum each year on their cot­ton, grain and cattle operation. He has been growing sorghum for six years and says it fits in nicely into their rotation and has great potential for high yields.

Adam’s family farm is registered as a South Dakota Century farm where they grow strictly no-till sorghum, wheat, corn, sun­flowers and soybeans along with a cow/ calf operation. Sorghum provides his farm with a versatile, competitive crop.

Jordan grows 600 acres of sorghum and markets his grain primarily to a swine facil­ity feed mill. His family operation consists of a cattle ranch with wheat and sorghum production. Forage sorghum also provides him with a forage source for his cattle.

Matt is a fifth generation farmer. He grows wheat, sorghum and soybeans using minimal till practices. Sorghum provides him with a tough crop with the ability to thrive under various condi­tions while yielding high profitability.

Shayne farms with his grandfather, father and cousin and grows 3,000 acres of sorghum annually. They have grown sorghum for many years because it offers good return potential and fits well into their rotation.

Johnnie is new to sorghum, but not to farming. He grows soybeans, corn and tobacco, and is interested in growing sor­ghum as the market demand continues to grow in the Mid-Atlantic region with swine feeders demanding sorghum.