(Jamie) Welcome to Farm Factor! Let’s join Duane and Craig Poore for an update on the 2015 sorghum season and a look at Craig’s expectations for 2016.
(Duane) Duane Toews joining you once again with AGam in Kansas. While at the Kansas Commodity Classic held in Manhattan, Kansas, a chance to catch up with Craig Poore, from Alton, Kansas, a member of the Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association. Craig, the sorghum industry is kind of riding the tide if you will, with some optimism. For you in your operation, how did 2015 go? (Craig) Our sorghum crop did very well. We had some drought stricken areas that just lacked moisture, but for main part our crop was very good. (Duane) As far as plans for 2016, a fair amount of moisture that we’ve gotten here over the winter months. A lot of places got pretty good profile moisture. What are your expectations for ’16? (Craig) My expectations are, I believe our Kansas sorghum crop and national sorghum crop will be just as good or better. We are already starting out, especially in my area with, like you said, a lot more soil profile. Last year at this time we were struggling for even a little bit of snow. We are in very good shape. We will plant about what we did last year, which we stay pretty much in a rotation, whether it’s dry or wet. But I am very optimistic, just so far, for our coming year hopefully. (Duane) We think about you reference those crop rotations, it appears that sorghum acres have started to pick up, certainly in the state of Kansas and nationwide with additional acres a year ago. Coming off that record yield national average yield, I would expect that guys are going to feel a little more comfortable about putting sorghum back in the ground this year. (Craig) Absolutely. Sorghum is kind of a “go-to” crop. Even if you lack a little moisture, sorghum will, year in year out give you if bare minimum an average yield that will get you through where other crops will either succeed or fail at times. It is a very good crop. It conserves moisture and it’s excellent (Duane) You talk about your particular area. That’s a part of the state that can get and has been kind of brutal at times as far as hot summers and not necessarily much for rainfall but sorghum has still maintained that ability to provide at least some crop as you referenced, when others maybe are a total failure. (Craig) Absolutely. Where in the past we had usually thrown in a few corn acres, we do some soybeans and some wheat. I would say even in the years that we’ve…we had a few years where the wheat dried up. We just didn’t have it and the soybeans were a little rough in places. It would be hit and miss on rains. Where the sorghum, our sorghum crop would be anywhere from average to good all across our little part of Osborne, Smith County. (Duane) We think about opportunities to market our grain sorghum. Ethanol in Kansas is beginning to be a big player and taking those bushels. (Craig) Absolutely. Ethanol has done a tremendous job of getting our bushels throughout the state and using them for different things along with a few guys who are dabbling in the pet food markets and a few in the food markets. Very different varieties of ways that you can use the crop which makes it very valuable to the farmer. (Duane) Our thanks to Craig Poore for joining us here on AGam in Kansas at the Kansas Commodity Classic held in Manhattan. Jamie, we’ll send it back to you.
(Jamie) Folks, stay with us after the break – Duane will be back with Mike Dwyer, Chief Economist for US Grains Council.