Historically our district hasn’t been an area for the production of high-yeilding sorghum crops. Disease, weather and a previous preference for higher-yeilding and -once upon a time- better paying winter crops such as wheat and barley, meant that sorghum came a poor second. These days many growers choose to plant sorghum as a rotation/cash-flow alternative. In our own business the sorghum stubble is always fed off to cattle after harvest ensuring the maximum ROI (return-on-investment). Purists shake their heads at livestock on fields however marginal country demands careful management and an ability to get the most out of everything produced. Sorghum seed is in demand overseas, especially in Asian countries where highly-prized racing pigeons command thousands of dollars at sale. Unfortunately the commodity is under-valued and a glut on the market hasn’t assisted prices this season. With floodwater making the sowing of sorghum impossible for us this season I ventured over to visit my neighbours, John and David Oates. On this months bush-video blog they talk sorghum, the recent growing season and why despite the challenges, the bush still provides great career opportunities. Enjoy.