Sorghum production surged in 2021
Sorghum production was up sharply in 2021 as producers increased acreage to meet demand expectations, especially from China.
The USDA says the crop of 447.81 million bushels was down more than 20 million from the previous guess, but up 74.85 million bushels from 2020, with an expansion in planted area cancelling out a decrease in yields, from 73.2 bushels per acre in 2020 to 69 bushels per acre in 2021.
Sorghum ending stocks are seen at 33 million bushels, 4 million less than in December on that month to month reduction in production, which canceled out lowered expectations for feed and export demand.
The average estimated farm price was unchanged on the month at $5.45 per bushel.
The USDA’s next set of supply and demand projections is out February 9th.
Year-to-year comparisons for applicable Brownfield states:
Kansas: 265.2 million bushels, compared to 238 million in 2020; average yield of 78 bushels per acre, compared to 85 a year ago; harvested area of 3.4 million acres, compared to 2.8 million last year
Nebraska: 19.78 million bushels, compared to 13.65 million in 2020; average yield of 86 bushels per acre, compared to 91 a year ago; harvested area of 230,000 acres, compared to 150,000 last year
South Dakota: 13.44 million bushels, compared to 11.36 million in 2020; average yield of 64 bushels per acre, compared to 71 a year ago; harvested area of 210,000 acres, compared to 160,000 last year