Sorghum Capturing International Attention

According to the U.S. Grains Council - sorghum is one of the hottest commodities right now. Sorghum has traditionally been considered a substitution energy feedstock for animal rations with some. But the Council says international buyers are starting to take note of sorghum's value thanks to aggressive promotion programs they've developed. Italy and China have bought U.S. sorghum for the first time on a large scale this year. According to Grains Council Manager of Global Trade Kevin Roepke - there's a definite buzz around the world regarding sorghum right now. With corn planting progress at all-time lows - Roepke says people want to take advantage of new crop sorghum being harvested in July to bridge the gap until new crop corn comes out in October. Alvaro Cordero - the Council's lead for sorghum programs - says the Grains Council is also getting requests from Latin America for samples of U.S. sorghum and containerized shipments.

Sorghum is widely considered a rotation crop throughout much of the Western plains. But according to USDA - planting intentions are at a five year high and up almost 40-percent in just two years. U.S. farmers intend to plant over 7.6-million acres of sorghum. That's up more than 22-percent from last year.

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