Sorghum production booms despite initial expectations

National Sorghum Producers Executive Director Greg Ruehle says there’s a discrepancy between sorghum producer’s reports of this year’s crop and the USDA’s forecast.

Ample moisture and favorable weather have led to what looks to be a good year for the U.S. sorghum crop, but early U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) report numbers said otherwise.

Greg Ruehle, Executive Director of the National Sorghum Producers, notes discrepancies from the initial expectations:

“The early intentions number was, I’m going to say, a bit disappointing, and it was disappointing for a couple [of] reasons. One, it was smaller than last year’s crop, and for a variety of reasons, we think that there’s a year-over-year increase in place. What we’re basing that on is a couple of really good statistics. One is what seed sales look like, as we’ve talked to seed dealers in the sorghum space, they’ve had a really good year in terms of moving products —and for them, and for us, we believe that that equates to a year-over-year increase in acreage.”
Greg Ruehle, National Sorghum Producers Executive Director

Ruehle said they heard from many growers at Commodity Classic that in the Gulf Coast region of Texas, they are growing the biggest sorghum crop in many years. However, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor showed half of the crop-growing region is being affected by drought.


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