Sorghum Output Slips 3%



WASHINGTON - Aug 12/19 - SNS -- Sorghum production in the U.S. is forecast at 354 million bushels, down 3% from last year, according to the USDA's latest crop production report.

Area harvested for grain is forecast at 4.79 million acres, up 4% from the previous forecast, but down 5% from 2018.

Based on August 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 73.9 bushels per acre, 1.8 bushels above the 2018 yield of 72.1 bushels per acre. Growers are expecting record high yields in Texas.


Sorghum for Grain Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2018
and Forecasted August 1, 2019
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                    :    Area harvested     :    Yield per acre     :      Production
        State       :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
                    :   2018    :   2019    :   2018    :   2019    :   2018    :   2019
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                    :   -- 1,000 acres --       ---- bushels ----      -- 1,000 bushels --
                    :
Arkansas 1/ ........:      10        (NA)        77.0        (NA)          770        (NA)
Colorado ...........:     325         335        53.0        50.0       17,225      16,750
Georgia 1/ .........:      15        (NA)        53.0        (NA)          795        (NA)
Illinois 1/ ........:      16        (NA)       111.0        (NA)        1,776        (NA)
Kansas .............:   2,650       2,450        88.0        79.0      233,200     193,550
Louisiana 1/ .......:       6        (NA)        84.0        (NA)          504        (NA)
Mississippi 1/ .....:       3        (NA)        90.0        (NA)          270        (NA)
Missouri 1/ ........:      21        (NA)       100.0        (NA)        2,100        (NA)
Nebraska ...........:     170         165        94.0        94.0       15,980      15,510
New Mexico 1/ ......:      47        (NA)        38.0        (NA)        1,786        (NA)
                    :
North Carolina 1/ ..:       8        (NA)        60.0        (NA)          480        (NA)
Oklahoma ...........:     240         265        50.0        53.0       12,000      14,045
South Dakota .......:     200         170        80.0        77.0       16,000      13,090
Texas ..............:   1,350       1,400        46.0        72.0       62,100     100,800
                    :
United States ......:   5,061       4,785        72.1        73.9      364,986     353,745
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Estimates discontinued in 2019.