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Sparked by Strong Demand, Sorghum a Bright Spot Among Ag Commodities

Tue, 22 Dec 2020 09:33:39 CST

Sparked by Strong Demand, Sorghum a Bright Spot Among Ag Commodities Grain sorghum is the bright spot among agricultural commodities right now said Kody Carson, Olton, Texas farmer and chairman of the National Sorghum Producers board of directors.

Carson was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.

Sorghum is the silver lining in the commodity world, Carson said, due in part to increased trade with China.

There is a lot of interest in sorghum now, he said.

The west Texas farmer said many producers saw above average yields this year, despite pockets of drought in western Kansas and in his area between Amarillo and Lubbock.

Carson, who has served in various roles with other ag groups, said they all have a common goal to help the farmer.

We all have several eggs in our basket and try to do the best we can, he said.

The sorghum producers are very efficient with how they use checkoff dollars, Carson said.

We work in unity with others and weíre already working on the next farm bill, he said.

Carson said one thing his group has been working on is research on how sorghum fits in the overall demand picture.

Sorghum is a non-GMO gluten-free product and it fits a niche other grains donít, he said.

Itís a crop that can sit and wait on rain with low inputs, he said.

If we can get some of the research dollars that have been spent on cotton and corn then there can be great strides made in improving sorghum, he said.

A lot of times sorghum has been treated as a stepchild crop and It hasnít really gotten a fair shake, Carson said.

Itís a very versatile product that can be used in snacks, cereal, energy bars and other things, Carson said.

Looking ahead, weíre seeing record sales with historic basis, he said.

Weíve already got 150 million bushels committed to China, Carson said.

The Texas producer said the sorghum group has made great inroads in Vietnam for fish food in their aquaculture industry.

U.S. consumption is on the rise and I think at a time with all the market disruptions, sorghum is the one bright spot, Carson said.

Weíre looking forward to starting a new year, hopefully with more rainfall, Carson said.

You can click on the listen bar below to hear more of KCís interview with Kody Carson.


   
   

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