ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI - Farmers who planted DEKALB(R) grain sorghum products have been recognized for 32 winning yields, including three national awards, in the 2010 National Sorghum Producers (NSP) Yield and Management Contest.

Chris Robinson, of Sturgis, Ky., placed first nationally and first in his state in the Conventional Till Non-Irrigated category with DKS54-03, which yielded 200.2 bushels per acre. Robinson also earned the national Non-Irrigated Bin Buster Award. He was the only competitor in the NSP yield contest to achieve a yield of 200 or more bushels.

"We're pretty proud," Robinson said. "We treat grain sorghum like a corn crop. We push the fertilizer, insect control and plant populations." He also credited DEKALB genetics for his success. "They've got really good products. We started using DEKALB when we began planting grain sorghum four years ago and have stuck with it."

Spencer Turner, of Texico, N.M., placed second nationally and first in his state in the Mulch-Till Non-Irrigated category with DKS44-20, which yielded 101.2 bushels per acre. "I've been planting DEKALB brand sorghum almost exclusively the past several years," said Turner. He also credited his successful yield to effective residue and moisture management and good weed control.
In addition to the three national wins, DEKALB farmers captured 14 state and 15 county yield awards in the NSP competition.

"We are proud to recognize DEKALB winners who share a passion for and take pride in their success," said Jeff Widder, DEKALB Specialty Crops Marketing Manager. "Farmers know they can count on DEKALB brand sorghum products for excellent standability, threshability and staygreen characteristics that help them maximize their yield potential."

As part of the new DEKALB Yield Chasers program introduced this past season, DEKALB national and state yield winners will receive a free trip for two to the 2011 Commodity Classic held March 3-5 in Tampa, Fla. National winners are also eligible to win cash prizes up to $10,000, and state winners can win up to $3,000.

The DEKALB Yield Chasers program was conducted to recognize and reward farmers who strive for and achieve high yields with DEKALB products in either the National Sorghum Producers or the National Corn Growers Association yield contests in 2010.

For more information, farmers can contact their DEKALB dealer or visit

SOURCE: Monsanto Company