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Chromatin Sponsors Field Day for California Growers

Sep 18th, 2013

Chromatin Inc, a privately held provider of innovative crop breeding technology, sorghum seed products and feedstock, is sponsoring a sorghum Field Day, a unique opportunity for California-based growers to have a close up view of a variety of grain sorghum hybrids as well as speak with experts who have been involved in growing the crop.

“We are sponsoring the Sorghum Field Day to give California growers insight into the many opportunities that exist with this crop, an understanding of its flexibility and resilience, and its benefits as a feedstock in the rapidly growing production of biofuels,” Chromatin Chief Executive Officer Daphne Preuss said.

The Field Day will be held on September 25 at the College of Sequoias, in Tulare, CA, which has been growing 120 acres of different sorghum hybrids provided by Chromatin and its subsidiary Sorghum Partners.  During the Field Day, growers will learn about the 2014 Grain Sorghum Program for biofuels production, including seed options, agronomic information and best management practices for growing grain sorghum in California.

Because it is a versatile crop that has proven benefits for growers and in ethanol production, demand for grain sorghum has continued to escalate.  The USDA reported significant increases in sorghum production of 22 percent in 2012 and 39 percent in 2011. Sorghum matures more rapidly than corn, and with its efficient use of water and lower input cost, can often be a higher value opportunity for growers.   

“As a leading ethanol producer that uses sorghum as a biofuel source, we are tremendously interested in the continued growth and success of this crop,” said Lyle Schlyer, president of Calgren Renewable Fuels.  “It’s important for growers to know there is a vibrant market for sorghum that is priced the same as corn.  Growers can be assured that if they grow their sorghum crop today, it will be purchased.  The market is strong, dependable and growing.”

At the Field Day, growers will have opportunities to tour the fields at the College of Sequoias to inspect the different sorghum hybrids and learn from experts about sorghum’s unique properties that make it a good fit for many California growing areas.  Sorghum’s benefits are that it uses less water than other major crops, requires fewer chemical inputs, has high tolerance to heat and drought stress, can be a double crop alternative behind wheat or  as a rotation crop with cotton and vegetable crops, and can be used in crop rotations that use dairy lagoon water.

Growers interested in attending the sorghum Field Day can click on the link or call 1-855-SORGHUM.

About Calgren Renewable Fuels

Calgren operates the longest running fuel ethanol plant in California, continuously supplying ethanol, distiller’s grains, and corn oil to areas in and around Bakersfield and Fresno, CA since 2009. With its unique, energy-efficient process, its fuel ethanol has one of the lowest carbon footprints in the country.

About Chromatin, Inc.

Chromatin Inc. develops sorghum for both traditional agriculture and applications in renewable energy. It provides high quality sorghum seed to growers and producers who are attracted to the crop’s rapid maturation, tolerance to heat, cold and drought and high yields. Chromatin has optimized its product portfolio to create sorghum feedstocks that serve as ideal renewable resources for emerging bio-based industries such as liquid transportation fuels, chemicals, materials and biopower. Today, Chromatin’s products are sold in the U.S. and in more than 20 countries and its sorghum seeds are planted on over 4 million acres worldwide. For additional information, please visit