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08 July 2019

Sorghum gives you the floor

  Which new information would you like to find on the Sorghum ID website?

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04 July 2019

Become a member of Sorghum ID!

  Founded less than two years ago, in September 2017, the young European inter-branch sorghum organization currently has 30 members. These members are European organizations, national organizations and companies that represent all the links in the sorghum value chain, from seeds to the consuming industry. Sorghum ID was created with the aim of developing the […]

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04 July 2019

Technical information on sorghum pests.

  Sorghum is a hardy species that is generally not exposed to pests. Although most often the pest pressure remains low and does not justify intervention, some parasitic attacks can occur, especially in high temperature conditions. You will find below the different pests that can be found in vegetation on sorghum: Borer insects : Sesamia […]

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04 July 2019

11 % protein !!!

  The protein content of sorghum varies between 10 and 12% depending on the soil and climate context. This very interesting data places sorghum at the same level or even slightly higher than other cereals commonly used in animal feed such as wheat, barley or maize. Grain sorghum can be grown in most European countries. […]

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04 July 2019

In spring, sorghum opened a dialogue wherever it went

France. “Sorghum: multipurpose plant: what are the new promising markets?” Day on 15 May in Toulouse, at the initiative of CIRAD and Arvalis, in partnership with Sorghum ID. During one day, 65 professionals (scientists, institutes, seed companies, first and second transformation industries) shared their experience with sorghum. All of sorghum’s outlets were discussed: human nutrition, […]

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04 July 2019

Sorghum and innovative cultivation techniques.

  Tomorrow’s agriculture must remain efficient and profitable, but also meet new societal challenges including environmental challenges. For this, we must explore new cultural practices. We will explore new ways to help farmers adapt to new practices. Explanations from Jean-Luc Verdier, Engineer at Arvalis-Institut du vegetal, in charge of sorghum activities.

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04 July 2019

With sorghum, we have significant room for improvement.

  For Monia Caramma, from the company Macaronicus SA (www.apuntino.com), in view of its potential in the food industry, sorghum is still underused today. She explains why.  

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17 April 2019

Sorghum gives you the floor

   

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17 April 2019

+5 to 10% in Europe, + 40% in Iran, sorghum acreages expected to rise sharply in 2019

  In Italy and Spain, the planned acreage increases are minimal. It is in France that acreages are expected to increase most significantly (around + 10%), particularly in the Central West, where demand for seeds (particularly early varieties) is strong. In Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria, the increase is estimated between +5 and + 10%. The […]

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17 April 2019

The benefits of grain sorghum in the diet of monogastrics.

  Not only does sorghum have a favorable chemical composition, but it is also the most energetic cereal for poultry. It can be incorporated up to 40% in feed formulations, while making sure to adapt this incorporation rate according to the growth or production stage. For example, during early phases, it is best to limit […]

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17 April 2019

In February-March sorghum was given the stage in many countries.

  Study trip to France, conference in Spain, conferences and trade show in Ukraine … In February and March sorghum mobilized producers and processors on all terrains. In France, Sorghum ID presented the different potential uses of sorghum in animal feed to Russian and Ukrainian partners. The group consisted of journalists specialized in animal nutrition […]

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17 April 2019

The advice of a specialist for successful weeding,

  Challenges, reasoning, pre and post-emergence, hoeing, selectivity, in 3 minutes tops, Sandrine Volan engineer at Arvalis, Institut-du-végétal gives you her practical advice.  

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17 April 2019

Accounting results are clear: sorghum is a great opportunity.

Fabienne Coletti, an Italian farmer, started growing sorghum in 2017 when she converted her farm to organic farming. Two harvests later, she notes that results are convincing both for returns and for profitability.    

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27 February 2019

The agronomic assets of sorghum as seen by farmers

  Thanks to its root system, sorghum improves the soil structure. Moreover, it brings a lot of benefits in crop rotations. Farmers who have grown sorghum over several years have been convinced.  

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27 February 2019

Yes, tannin-free sorghum exists.

  Sorghum has a reputation of high tannin levels. This is an image handicap, as the presence of tannin in animal feed is a significant anti-nutritional factor for monogastrics. Indeed, it was prove than even 1% tannin lowered by 7% the energy value of sorghum with pigs and 11% with poultry. But European sorghum do […]

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27 February 2019

Highlight on sorghum uses

PARIS 17 JANUARY. SORGHUM IN HUMAN FOOD. « There are many uses of sorghum in human food. Now we have to raise awareness on them.» This was the conclusion of the meeting organised by FNPSMS (Sorghum ID) and Céréales Vallée, on the topic of human food. Thirty participants from French, Italian, Belgian and Dutch seed […]

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27 February 2019

352 seed breeding innovations

  European varieties meet all your needs The European catalogue (EU and non EU) offers a broad and diversified selection, for grain and for silage, for all existing uses. The 8 pillars of European seed research 1. Yield and stability 2. Early harvest varieties, but also tolerance to low temperatures for the emergence and flowering […]

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11 December 2018

In January and February, sorghum will meet producers and transformers.

Paris, 17 January: sorghum in human food. Conference in Paris, 23-25 Avenue de Neuilly, 75116, from 9:30am to 3pm. Baziège, 21 January: meeting of the French sorghum value chain at the initiative of Arvalis – Vegetal Institute. On the agenda: 2018 crop year results, markets, crop protection novelties, results of grain and silage varieties, news of […]

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11 December 2018

The future is about sorghum.
This was shown at the Milan Congress.

  “The future is about sorghum”. This promising theme mobilised some 200 specialists from the whole world, during the 2nd European Sorghum Congress, which was held in Milan on 7 and 8 November. During 2 days, researchers, producers, transformers… pooled their knowledge, experience and questions. They all agreed: sorghum has a lot of development potential […]

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11 December 2018

+6% (acreage) and + 14% (production). Sorghum production progressing in 2018 in the EU-28.

  In 2018, the EU-28 acreage increased by 6%, to reach 145,640 ha, which is a 9,000ha increase. As is shown by the graph hereunder, this increase can mostly be seen in Romania and Hungary, but also in France and Italy. In 2018, the EU-28 production increased by 14%, to reach 829,000 t. This spectacular increase […]

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11 December 2018

Is China an opportunity for European sorghum?

  Testimony of Li Zhao Yu– Head of Beijing Office of France Export Cereal, China.

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11 December 2018

Sorghum in the media

  Among the press coverage published after the 2nd European Congress, the Belgian news site “feed navigator” produced a remarkable video. SEE VIDEO

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26 October 2018

Sorghum can help the following crop, especially if…

  1. After sorghum, you can sow a winter crop as well as a spring crop, but… you have to take this into account when choosing your sorghum variety. If the farmer wants to sow wheat or winter barley, he will have to sow early and semi-early varieties of sorghum, in order to be able […]

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26 October 2018

Field days, press trips, conferences… sorghum on all fronts

  Field days in Bulgaria and Iran, conference in the French agricultural cooperative Terre Atlantique and press trips for Austrian, Hungarian, Turkish and Iranian journalists… the months of August and September were intense in events for Sorghum ID. The press trips were focused on discovering the French sorghum value in the region of Toulouse. A […]

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26 October 2018

59.8 million tons. Global sorghum production dwindling while demand is increasing.

  59.8 million tons: estimates for the global harvest of sorghum sown in 2018 Despite an increase in acreages, especially in the top exporters (Argentina, Australia, US), the global production appears to be dwindling. This can mainly be explained by the decrease in Australian production (-400,000 tons). At the time of writing, harvest is on-going […]

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23 October 2018

They grow sorghum and tell us why

  Profitability, diversification, input savings, quality of genetics, earliness, simplicity… 4 farmers tell us all about the many assets of sorghum

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27 August 2018

Using sorghum silage as feed for dairy and suckler herd

Silage sorghums BMR without grains – Dual-purpose use  sorghums – Grain Sorghum – Silage sweet sorghums BMR with grains The existing broad genetic diversity of sorghum is a real opportunity for the nutrition of ruminants. However, this diversity can also be seen as difficult in managing the feeding of a cattle herd. The aim of this article is […]

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27 August 2018

Discover our field trials

In order to show farmers the genetic progress of sorghum, Sorghum ID implemented 9 field trials in different countries, from Austria to Iran. They were implanted thanks to local partners and visits are organised in each of them. The table hereunder shows dates and locations. On each platform, 20 to 25 hybrids (grain and silage) […]

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27 August 2018

Sorghum, water and profitability. Farmers testify.

For Eric Zambon, Henri-Bernard Cartier, Herve Clamens, Thierry Duviau and Yvon Parayre, sorghum is profitable and does not need much water.

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09 July 2018

Online registrations are open!

“Sorghum the safe bet for the future”   Le 7 & 8 novembre 2018 à Milan Hotel Sheraton (Milan Malpensa International Airport). This event is open to a very broad audience: trade organisations and agricultural producers, scientists and technical institutes, collectors and traders, national and European administrations, seed and plant production companies and all stakeholders involved […]

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25 June 2018

The Arterris cooperative has been using sorghum since the 1980s

Miguel Lardeux, Head of monogastric market in Arterris On the monogastric market, sorghum represents about 3,000 tons of rax material out of the 17 to 18,000 tons of processed feed.

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25 June 2018

Sorghum: they talk about us in the media!

Still little known in Europe, sorghum can count on information relays in the specialised media. Since the launch of the information campaign orchestrated by Sorghum ID in September 2017, numerous articles have been published in the agricultural press. Be it the sorghum’s environmental, agronomic or economic assets, its outlets or even its cultivation techniques … […]

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25 June 2018

Sorghum is settling everywhere in Europe, as evidenced in 4 countries

  After Bulgaria, Spain and Romania, sorghum is the talk of the town in the South-West of France. And it is only the beginning. Sorghum ID in Bulgaria to promote sorghum with animal feed industries: In the framework of the promotion plans, Sorghum ID participated on 20 April in a conference organised by BFMA (Bulgarian […]

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12 June 2018

Pop! Pop? Discover Pop Sorghum!

  The Healthy Crop LTD, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, are pioneering the consumer sorghum trend with their first product, lil’POP, a packaged popped sorghum snack. Founder, Sydney Chasin, diagnosed with coeliac disease at age 7 and grown up in a small US farm town, has been consuming sorghum grain in a multitude of applications—everything from […]

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03 May 2018

O de MILA The Naturally Gluten-free Beer rewarded at the FRANCE BEER CHALLENGE

  www.francebierechallenge.fr The very young Ô de MILA beer, naturally Gluten-free, was silver medallist at the 2018 Competition! Located in Occitanie (a region in the South-West of France), the SOMA company prepares its Ô de MILA beer by getting involved in all stages, from the farmer’s field to the final consumer. Ô de MILA’s “Naturally […]

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03 March 2018

Sorghum: nutritive assets attractive for animal feed

  The 2017 European sorghum grain harvest accounts among the bests of the past 10 years and has achieved a significant increase in terms of production which is due to an increase in acreages and yields compared to 2016. Generally, the climatic conditions of 2017 have allowed limiting water-stresses during the sensitive phase around ear […]

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09 February 2018

Poster presentation for the 2nd European Congress of Sorghum : submit your application.

  The 2nd European Sorghum Congress will be held on 7-8 November 2018 in Milan (Sheraton Hotel / Malpensa International Airport). The detailed programme and registration procedures will be sent in early May.   The Congress will be based on 3 workshops: . Genetics and breeding . Agronomy and economy . Transformation and outlets as […]

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08 February 2018

Daniel PEYRAUBE elected Sorghum ID President

  Following the Constitutive General Assembly of the European inter-branch sorghum association – Sorghum ID – on 26 September 2017 in Brussels, the organisation held its first Board Meeting last Thursday (18 January). During this meeting, at which the 5 members of the Bureau were elected, with Daniel PEYRAUBE as its President. Download

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13 December 2017

Sorghum ID at the MVC exhibition in Moscow from 30 January – 1 February 2018

  We are looking forward to seeing you at the MVC agricultural exhibition “Cereals – Mixed feeds – Veterinary” to discover the uses of sorghum in animal feed. On our stand you will find all necessary information about sorghum in terms of use, composition and nutritional value for animal feed. Where? Russia, 129223, Moscow, Prospekt […]

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11 December 2017

Sorghum and You. Tell us everything!

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28 November 2017

“Sorghum in the 21st Century”, Congress South Africa

  The programme will comprise five cross-cutting themes: Accelerating progress in advanced breeding for improved crop adaptation to climate risks Improving productivity and increasing profitability to expand opportunities across global markets Enhancing resilience in the face of biotic and abiotic challenges Tackling key issues in food security and farming systems for improved livelihoods for the […]

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27 November 2017

Sorghum under the spotlight during UFS roundtable

  During the General Assembly of the UFS (French Union of Seed Producers), experts Arnaud Bouxin (FEFAC) and Frédéric Guedj (Euralis Seeds) took part in a roundtable on how to meet export expectations. They notably discussed the progress of European genetic selection over the last 30 years, and how it is nowadays possible to obtain […]

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16 November 2017

The European Union supports the promotion of sorghum in Iran

Commissioner Phil Hogan, accompanied by leaders of European agricultural organisations, was on a high-level mission to Iran from 11 to 13 November in order to promote EU agricultural products and co-operation with Iran. Also involved in the mission, FNPSMS (French inter-branch federation of maize and sorghum seeds) – represented by its Director Thierry Gokelaere – […]

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02 November 2017

Agro Complex Kiev, Ukraine

From 31 October to 2 November, Sorghum ID set out to discover Ukraine and its farming. This very agricultural country has indisputably become a global farming power over the past few years. Sorghum is not new to Ukraine, as it is cultivated on around 80,000 ha each year. The crop is now the talk of […]

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27 October 2017

ESA Congress in Riga, Latvia.

The ESA (European Seeds Association) annual Congress took place from 8 to 10 October. This gathering of European seed experts was an opportunity for Sorghum ID to present its objectives but also to provide a state of play on the production of sorghum (grain-silage-seed) around the world and particularly in Europe. The video clip promoting […]

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22 October 2017

AgroComplex Kiev: meeting in Ukraine on 31 October, 1 and 2 November at the Sorghum ID stand (Hall C2).

Actions to promote sorghum will also be implemented in Ukraine under the European promotion programmes. Sorghum ID will welcome visitors to its stand, where technical guides about the cultivation of silage and grain sorghum will be available. Information concerning the possible uses of sorghum and European genetic varieties will also be distributed to visitors.

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16 October 2017

Sorghum ID present in « Indagra », the international agricultural exhibition of Bucharest

Thanks to this important agricultural exhibition that took place from 25 to 29 October, Sorghum ID was able to help Romanian farmers discover – or re-discover – sorghum. Indeed, under communism, the sorghum acreage was close to 100,000 ha, compared to 20,000 ha nowadays, demonstrating the potential of this crop, especially taking into account today’s […]

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16 October 2017

Indagra Bucharest: Sorghum ID invites you to Bucharest from 25 to 29 October. 

Through its own stand (Hall C1), Sorghum ID invites you to discover sorghum. Here you will be able to learn more about both the use and the assets of sorghum thanks to the technical documentation put at your disposal. Sorghum will no longer be a secret to you! During this exhibition, Sorghum ID will hold […]

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12 October 2017

Press Trips: the European Press discovers sorghum in the region of Occitania

  Two press trips were organised at the end of September under the promotion plans that started in spring 2017. They involved 9 journalists from EU member states (France, Bulgaria, Spain, Italy and Romania) and 9 journalists from Russia and Ukraine.   Main objective: promote sorghum on a genetic, agronomic, economic and environmental level, as […]

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12 October 2017

Constitutive Assembly, birth of « Sorghum ID » : the construction of the European sector

  It is necessary to recall that it is on the basis of the state of play of sorghum in Europe that, at the beginning of 2016, an idea and several projects were developed at the initiative of Fnpsms (French Federation for seed maize and seed sorghum) members, in order to work towards building a […]

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22 August 2019

Sorghum ID’s expert meetings

The Agri’vrac fair is the only major event dedicated to professionals in cereals, fertilizers and animal nutrition. The 3rd edition, which will take place in September, is an important event for sorghum stakeholders in southwestern France and Spain. France as a major hub for international agri-food trade and sales of cereals, oilseeds, protein crops, fertilizers and […]

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22 August 2019

Sorghum, the up and coming crop

More and more farmers are growing sorghum. This crop gives them both diversification and a response to climate change (let us not forget that 85% of agricultural land is not irrigated!). Another convincing argument: thanks to the star-sorghum genetics, yields are improving. As a result, the acreage is increasing and the supply is becoming more […]

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22 August 2019

Sorghum, an ally against global warming

    One of the reasons that lead Marco Bergami, an Italian farmer, to introduce sorghum in his crop rotations, is his awareness of global warming. But beyond this motivation, he discovered a motivating and profitable crop.  

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22 August 2019

The assets of sorghum in crop rotations.

Let’s take the case of a short rotation, based mainly on winter crops such as rapeseed, wheat and winter barley (a classic rotation in France in the Center, Burgundy or Poitou Charente). In this situation, the introduction of sorghum results in longer rotations. This is because sorghum is a “real” spring crop, which is sown […]

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21 August 2019

Did you know? Sorghum can also be used as a cover crop

  The objectives of summer cover crops are mainly to cover the soil quickly, produce sufficient biomass to feed the soil and avoid the escape of nitrates to the groundwater. For a succesful sorghum cover, several techniques are possible: – direct sowing, very soon after harvest to take advantage of soil moisture, – sowing after stubble […]

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21 August 2019

Trust star-sorghum

  Sorghum grown from European genetics and production is the guarantee of a rigorous selection and excellent quality of seeds. Results: it is productive, profitable, sustainable and offers many outlets. We have to advertise it! This is done with the “star-sorghum” name that will be found in all of Sorghum ID’s communications. And as a […]

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