U.S. sorghum acreage rises

The USDA says farmers planted more sorghum in 2021 than in 2020.

That’s due to increased demand from China, which uses sorghum for animal feed and beverage alcohol, solid profit potential, and sorghum’s ability to grow in drier conditions when compared to other crops.

This year’s planted area is projected at 6.49 million acres, up 610,000 from last year, with harvested area seen at 5.785 million acres, 690,000 more than a year ago.

This set of numbers doesn’t take into account any changes since the USDA’s survey was completed June 17th.

The USDA’s next set of production estimates is out July 12th.

Comparisons for Brownfield states:

Nebraska: planted area: 280,000 acres, compared to 195,000 in 2020; harvested area: 230,000 acres, compared to 150,000 a year ago

South Dakota: planted area: 250,000 acres, compared to 210,000 in 2020; harvested area: 210,000 acres, compared to 160,000 a year ago

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