Sorghum farmers benefit from recent rains as crop season continu - FOX34 Lubbock

Sorghum farmers benefit from recent rains as crop season continues

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Texas ranks just behind Kansas in the production of sorghum in the U.S. Just last year the state produced more than 94,000 bushels. The success of this crop like any other commodity all depends on the weather. Sorghum producers on the South Plains typically plant half a million to a million acres a year. As some crops fail many farmers turn to sorghum as a rotation crop.

"It's a water sipping crop," said John Duff, with Sorghum Checkoff. "It adds bio mass and organic carbon back to the grown, it helps hold the grown together and keeps the sand down which is always a challenge is west Texas."

Another challenge in West Texas is the constant change in weather patterns, causing a varied crop this year for sorghum producers. An ideal season for this commodity falls close in line to cotton, early rains and dry falls. The biggest challenge that most sorghum producers face is prices. 

"Farmers continue to have their profit margins squeezed so that is the main thing we hear from those guys," said Duff. "That's why a big focus of ours at the Sorghum Checkoff as it always, but especially today is on markets, whether that is export markets, livestock feed markets, ethanol markets, we focus a lot on markets and moving these crops out here at the Sorghum Checkoff."

Duff said, overall, producers on the South Plains are in great shape and are not concerned about the recent rains. He adds he's optimistic producers will be able to harvest a solid crop over the next couple months.

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