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Central American farmers welcome sorghum designed to thrive in tropics

Man stands in field of grain sorghum against a mountain range on the horizon

A new brown midrib sorghum variety will help small farming and livestock operations in Central America, according to its developer, Dr. Bill Rooney, a professor in the department of soil and crop sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant breeder in College Station.

Rooney and his team collaborated with Rene Clara and his colleagues at the Centro Nacional de Tecnologia Agropecuaria y Forestal in El Salvador in an effort to develop “CI0947bmr,” a brown midrib, dual-purpose sorghum for Central America.