Date of this Version
INTSORMIL, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, October 2010.
Contains statistics about sorghum growing in the United States and world wide, with a focus on Nebraska.
Grain sorghum is an important crop worldwide, but has become a minor crop in Nebraska
Largely replaced by maize and soybean as major commodity crops
Small investment in research in both private and public sectors
Yield has increased more slowly for grain sorghum than for other crops
Modern maize hybrids and soybean varieties have increased stress tolerance, thus reducing this advantage of grain sorghum
Management is easier for corn and soybean than for sorghum – particularly weed control
Grain sorghum has lower cost of production than corn
Primary sorghum markets are more limited than for corn
Livestock feed (by relative feed value approximately 95% of maize; domestic/export)