ANKENY, Iowa (DTN) — It is a year of firsts for grain sorghum and some farmers who grow the crop. As a result, acres and prices are on the rise this year and possibly in the future.
Kody Carson of Olton, Texas, won’t plant corn for the first time this spring in order to seed more sorghum. A field in Kansas farmed by Kent Winter has never been planted to sorghum before, until this year.
Why? Record grain sorghum demand, profit potential and climatic conditions dictate it.
“The sorghum industry is seeing more positive momentum than I can remember during my farming career,” said Carson, National Sorghum Producers (NSP) chairman, during the association’s virtual industry forum on March 1. He started farming in the mid-1980s.
China made its first purchase of U.S. grain sorghum for the 2021-22 marketing year a record 342 days before it starts on Sept. 1, according to USDA data.