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Another weird year for grain production in the US

Published Apr 11, 2023

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From weather to markets to geopolitics and high input costs, there are a lot of factors affecting grain sorghum production in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas this year.

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Texas grain sorghum acreage will likely be up this year, says Wayne Cleveland, executive director of the Texas Grain Sorghum Producers Board. “I think we will see a net increase; USDA also expects a net increase.” USDA has 6.5 million penciled in early. Cleveland said grain sorghum’s ability to produce under less-than-ideal conditions and its low input requirements compared to other crops, make it a good option during volatile economic times. “If it starts raining, we might get back to more normal planting patterns,” he added. “We are seeing a bit of an acreage correction in the Texas High Plains. The aquifer is so far down.” He said the number of dairies in West Texas also creates a market for silage, which grain sorghum can fill. “Also, a lot of ethanol companies are buying sorghum; one company has offered an acre contract.” Sorghum silage harvest. (Photo by Shelley E. Huguley) The market also remains favorable. “The grain sorghum market is good. We have no liquidity; no grain ...
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