Sorghum Cooking Operation

  • Tuesday, 12 November 2013 08:50

Thick, warm, sweet smells floated up from the Mississippi Delta Community College Career Technical department Thursday morning when the Field Crops and Precision Ag Program's students were running their sorghum cooking operation. Grown on the school's agriculture fields located south of campus, the sorghum cane was raised, harvested, pressed and cooked by the students in Barry Corley and Steele Robbins' classes.

It was teamwork though that got the job done and produced such a tasty success story. The cooking process could not have happened if not for students from Clarence Steelman's Brick, Block and Masonry class, Steve Poole's Construction Equipment class and Roger Wright's Welding class who worked to build the fire pit that would house fires that reached over 1200 degrees and the firewood rack that allowed wood to be easily accessible during the cooking process.

Students learned the art of skimming the foamy material from the bubbling pan or pushing the final product out of the copper cooker into waiting pots. While waiting for the cooking to complete visitors were invited to watch a crew of students who were extracting the sorghum cane juice nearby. As they finished, the refuse was loaded up by a local farmer to be used for hog feed so that there was no waste product from the process. As the morning passed, spectators looked on anxiously waiting for the first drips of deep golden thickness to make the long journey to the end of the cooker.

Students Harvest Sorghum on Campus Farm

  • Sunday, 03 November 2013 03:03


MDCC's agriculture students harvested sorghum last week at the college farm located south of the Moorhead Campus. Students will press and cook sorghum in the next few days resulting in sorghum syrup or sorghum molasses.

Students enrolled in Fields Crops Technology and Precision Agriculture Technology participated in the harvesting.

The Field Crops Technology Program is designed to provide students with a common core of management skills and additional training related to the production of field crops, weed, insect and plant disease control. The Precision Agriculture Technology program prepares students with a common core of management skills and additional training in advanced technologies pertaining to the agriculture industry.

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