U.S. grain sorghum production in 2012 increased to 246.9 million bushels, up 15 percent from 2011. Production more than doubled in Texas, a leading producer, but continued to drop in Kansas, another leading producer, because of persistent drought conditions. The value of the U.S. grain sorghum crop was $1.6 billion. (NASS 2013)
Sorghum is grown commercially in 14 states. Historically, Kansas and Texas have been the top two sorghum-producing states. In 2012, the two states retained their ranking as leading producers but switched positions. Texas produced 112.1 million bushels valued at $703.1 million, while Kansas produced 81.9 million bushels valued at $582.5 million. Other states producing large quantities of grain sorghum include Louisiana, Arkansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Nebraska. (NASS 2013) June 2013 . . . General Sorghum
- Crop Production Annual Summary, National Ag Statistics Service (NASS), USDA.
- Crop Values Annual Summary, NASS, USDA.
- Ethanol Industry Outlook - Renewable Fuels Association
- Global Agricultural Trade System (GATS), Foreign Ag Service (FAS), USDA.
- Grain: World Markets and Trade, FAS, USDA.
- National Sorghum Producers
- National Sweet Sorghum Producers and Processors Association - This organization provides a means of communication among sweet sorghum producers and processors concerning common interests in cane production, harvesting, transporting, crushing, processing and marketing.
- Riding Out the ‘Perfect Storm’ of 2007, Feed and Grain magazine, 2008 - This article examines the market situations of grain sorghum and wheat in 2007 and the outlook for 2008. While prices for sorghum were not as strong as wheat, its commodity value has doubled from 2005 to today.
- Sorghum, U.S. Baseline Briefing Book, Food and Ag Policy Research Institute, University of Missouri, 2011.
- Sorghum Handbook: White Sorghum, the New Food Grain, U.S. Grains Council.
- USDA Grain and Oilseed Reports - National report on weekly markets.
- The Economics of Ethanol from Sweet Sorghum Using the MixAlco Process, Agricultural and Food Policy Center, Texas A&M University, 2006 - This research report discusses the conversion of biomass to renewable fuels, more specifically, using sweet sorghum as an ethanol fuel stock.
- Ethanol in California: a Feasibility Framework, 2004 - An analysis of what it would take to develop a local ethanol supply based on food processing waste from California's multi-billion dollar agricultural industry. The study was funded by a USDA Rural Development Rural Business Enterprise Grant administered by the Great Valley Center.
- Examples of Other Sweet Sorghum Renewable Energy Projects, AgriFuelsAustralia.
- Feeding the Concrete Cow, Rural Cooperatives, Rural Development, USDA, 2009 - Dryland forage sorghum will fuel a biomass plant under construction in Leona, Texas. The Mustang Creek Biofuel Plant will be the first in the United States to use sorghum to generate a sustainable supply of electricity.
- ICRISAT sorghum for ethanol now a sweet reality, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), 2007 - Researchers at ICRISAT have developed a sweet sorghum for the production of ethanol. The new variety has a very high sugar content in its root. Average yields were considerably higher than those of sugarcane.
- Potential for Sweet Sorghum Ethanol is Very Sweet, Indeed, BiobasedNews.com, 2009.
- Sorghum: A Biofuel Alternative?, Voice of America (VOA) video, YouTube, 2008 - This report features sorghum, a biofuel alternative to corn.
- Sorghum Syrup, ATTRA, NCAT, 2003 - This publication discusses some of the equipment and facilities that can be used in sorghum syrup production.
- Sweet Sorghum: A New Smart Biofuel Crop, Agriculture Business Week, 2008.
- Sweet Sorghum: A renewable energy feedstock, AgriFuelAustralia, 2008 - This slide presentation was delivered at the Bioenergy Australia 2008 Conference.
- Sweet Sorghum Ethanol Association.
- Sweet Sorghum for Biofuel, Delta Research Center, University of Missouri, YouTube, 2009 - Researchers are studying ways to boost the plant's potential to create biofuel.
- Sweet Sorghum into Ethanol, University of Arizona, YouTube, 2009 - Experts at the University of Arizona are exploring ways to breed and cultivate different varieties of sweet sorghum and turn its sugar into ethanol.
- Sweet Sorghum Syrup Production, University of Kentucky, 2006 - This DVD, available for $15.00, reviews all aspects of producing a sweet sorghum crop.
- Sweet Sorghum Training Manual, FAO, United Nations, 2005 - One chapter of this manual discusses the liquid fermentation of sorghum stalks to produce ethanol.
- Maasdam Sorghum Mills, Lynnville, Iowa - This family business has processed sorghum since 1926. A steam engine powers the mill and augers. They can produce 600 gallons of sweet sorghum a day during September.
- Nu Life Market, Scott City, Kansas - This company is dedicated to providing a selection of sorghum grains, flours and brans that are all processed in a gluten-free, dairy-free and peanut-free facility.
- Twin Valley Mills, Ruskin, Nebraska - This small mill owned and operated by three grain sorghum producers converts food-grade sorghum into grain sorghum flour.
Links checked November 2013.