Modest Drop in Sorghum Estimates



WASHINGTON - Sep 12/19 - SNS -- Sorghum production is forecast at 352 million bushels, down 1% from the previous forecast and down 4% from last year, according to the latest USDA crop production estimates.

Area harvested for grain is forecast at 4.74 million acres, down 1% from the previous forecast and down 6% from 2018. Based on September 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 74.3 bushels per acre, 0.4 bushel higher than the previous forecast and 2.2 bushels per acre above the 2018 yield of 72.1 bushels per acre. Growers are expecting record high yields in South Dakota.

Sorghum for Grain Area Harvested, Yield, and Production - States and United States: 2018 and
Forecasted September 1, 2019
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                    :   Area harvested    :          Yield per acre          :     Production
                    :------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        State       :          :          :          :         2019          :          :
                    :   2018   :   2019   :   2018   :-----------------------:   2018   :   2019
                    :          :          :          : August 1  :September 1:          :
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                    :     1,000 acres        ---------- bushels ----------        1,000 bushels
                    :
Arkansas 1/ ........:     10       (NA)       77.0        (NA)        (NA)         770       (NA)
Colorado ...........:    325        335       53.0        50.0        48.0      17,225     16,080
Georgia 1/ .........:     15       (NA)       53.0        (NA)        (NA)         795       (NA)
Illinois 1/ ........:     16       (NA)      111.0        (NA)        (NA)       1,776       (NA)
Kansas .............:  2,650      2,400       88.0        79.0        82.0     233,200    196,800
Louisiana 1/ .......:      6       (NA)       84.0        (NA)        (NA)         504       (NA)
Mississippi 1/ .....:      3       (NA)       90.0        (NA)        (NA)         270       (NA)
Missouri 1/ ........:     21       (NA)      100.0        (NA)        (NA)       2,100       (NA)
Nebraska ...........:    170        165       94.0        94.0        93.0      15,980     15,345
New Mexico 1/ ......:     47       (NA)       38.0        (NA)        (NA)       1,786       (NA)
                    :
North Carolina 1/ ..:      8       (NA)       60.0        (NA)        (NA)         480       (NA)
Oklahoma ...........:    240        265       50.0        53.0        53.0      12,000     14,045
South Dakota .......:    200        170       80.0        77.0        83.0      16,000     14,110
Texas ..............:  1,350      1,400       46.0        72.0        68.0      62,100     95,200
                    :
United States ......:  5,061      4,735       72.1        73.9        74.3     364,986    351,580
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(NA) Not available.
1/   Estimates discontinued in 2019.