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USDA predicts record-breaking yields

Sorghum production is forecast at 495 million bushels, up 78 percent from last year. Based on September 1 conditions, the yield is forecast at 73.9 bushels per acre, up 17.7 bushels from last year. If realized, this would be the highest yield on record.

Harvest area for grain is forecast at 6.7 million acres, up 36 percent from last year. Sorghum condition was rated 63 percent good to excellent, compared with 30 percent at the same time last year. Yield forecasts were at or above last month’s level in all of the major sorghum producing states except New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Kansas received beneficial rainfall during August in the central and northern parts of the state where most of the sorghum is produced. The yield in Kansas is expected to be 79 bushels per acre, up 21 bushels from 2006.

Texas, the second largest sorghum producing state, expects a yield of 69 bushels per acre, up 21 bushels from last year due to favorable growing conditions.

Record high yields are forecast in Nebraska, Arkansas, and Texas. Despite USDA yield forecast reductions for Oklahoma, a report from an Enid, Oklahoma, area producer reflects 105 to 140 bushels/acre yields on dryland sorghum.

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