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Popped Sorghum Anyone?
Popped sorghum may not be a movie theater option in the near future, but it is gaining popularity through online and niche market sales. Researchers at Texas A&M University continue to work on sorghum varieties with good popping traits.
  “Sorghum has never been bred for popping,” explains Nicholas Pugh, a graduate research assistant in Dr. Bill Rooney’s sorghum breeding laboratory at Texas A&M. It’s the white sorghum that is most suitable for popping.
  The big difference with popped sorghum is its size. “Kernels are much smaller than popped corn kernels,” Pugh says.
  The researcher started working with sorghum lines that came from a cross originally developed to study the genetics of grain mold resistance.
  “My studies show that it’s possible to improve popping quality. Eventually we could breed hybrids,” Pugh says.
  In 2011 he grew sorghum in three locations in Texas. Planted at the end of March and harvested in mid-August, the sorghum grown in the driest environment did the best.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Nicholas Pugh, 2474 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843 (npugh@tamu.edu).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #3