The sorghum industry is looking to clear up misconceptions about the crop

Sorghum is a diverse crop, and lots of farmers use it in their rotations. The National Sorghum Producers Board says there are plenty of opportunities even if it is not used for livestock feed.

“The export market if you’re raising grain, as well as in the ethanol industry ethanol. Many of the ethanol plants on the plains utilize sorghum, some at 100 percent down to a 10-15 percent blend with corn. It’s diverse in that aspect. It’s also diverse because you can utilize it in birdseed. A lot of people like to feed the birds, and so there’s a birdseed market. Probably the fastest-growing market that we have right now is human consumption. We are a non-GMO, gluten-free alternative. We’ve recently been added to the school feeding program,” said Craig Meeker.

According to this week’s Crop Progress report, 26 percent of the nation’s sorghum crop has been planted, which is a point behind this time last year, but still right on target for the five-year average.

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