Sorghum Yield Forecast Improves

WASHINGTON - Oct 11/18 - SNS -- Sorghum production is forecast at 382 million bushels, up 1% from the September forecast and up 5% from last year, according to the latest USDA crop production estimates.

Acreage updates were made in several States following a thorough review of all available data. Planted area, at 5.79 million acres, is down 4% from the previous estimate but is up 3% from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 5.09 million acres, down 4% from the previous forecast but up 1% from last year.

Based on October 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 75.0 bushels per acre, 3.9 bushels higher than the September forecast and 2.9 bushels higher than the 2017 yield of 72.1 bushels per acre. The average yield for the Nation will be the third highest on record, if realized. A record high yield is forecast in Kansas.