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Sorghum acreage rises 20 percent

The National Agricultural Statistics Service released its June acreage report last Friday. Sorghum planted acreage was up 20 percent or 1.2 million acres from 2006. The largest increase was in Texas with 900,000 additional planted acres. Southeastern states had significant increases. Mississippi has 9.3 times last year’s acreage with an increase of 125,000 acres. Arkansas has 3.5 times last year’s acreage with 157,000 more acres. Louisiana more than doubled last year’s planted acreage with an increase of 120,000 acres. Kansas and South Dakota both had 50,000-acre increases. Nationally, corn planted acreage is up 19 percent from 2006, soybean acreage is down 15 percent, wheat acreage is up 6 percent and cotton acreage is down 28 percent.

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service Crop Progress report released on Monday, 95 percent of the intended sorghum acreage had been planted, 2 percent behind last year but the same as the normal pace. Planting was complete or nearly so in all states, except Oklahoma, where progress lagged due to excessive moisture. Heading, at 19 percent complete nationally, was 2 percent behind last year but 1 percent ahead of the 5-year average. Heading progress during the week was mostly limited to Arkansas and Louisiana, where the crop advanced 19 percent or more. Elsewhere, progress was limited to 7 percent or less during the week. 76 percent of the national crop is rated as good or excellent as compared to 50 percent last year. The Colorado crop had 92 percent of its acres in these categories and Louisiana and New Mexico both had 81 percent of their acres in these categories. Learn more at

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