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Drought hammers sorghum yields in ’22 crop year

The Chairmen of National Sorghum Producers says historic drought in the Central Plains caused the lowest yields since hybridization for the crop.

Clint Meeker farms in South-Central Kansas. “That’s a testament to how difficult the growing conditions were in the Sorghum Belt.”

During the 2022 National Association of Farm Broadcasting, he told Brownfield the industry needs to evaluate drought-tolerant hybrids. “(So we) can move genetics forward.  I think that’s a great opportunity to look at what did have success in a drought and move forward with some of those lines.”  

The latest USDA report showed November’s sorghum production dropped nearly 9 million bushels from October to 235.8 million.

Drought hammers sorghum yields in ’22 crop year