Shaky outlook for '17 wheat yields

As we are wrapping up February, it has been a fairly wet start to the year in the Southern Plains with a large precipitation event--rain, ice, or snow depending on your location--in January and then a smaller event in February. After driving »

New Insurance Products and Sorghum Update

John Duff talks with Tony St. James about farm policy, new crop insurance products, DOE investments in sorghum and sorghum exports at the Southwest Beef Symposium in Roswell, NM. The full interview can be found here. Advantages for Sorghum in the 2014 »

Sorghum makes comeback

Exceeding expectations is now an annual occurrence for U.S. sorghum producers. Since the drought of 2011-12, each year means another record broken or another challenge overcome. This progression is nothing new for an industry often thought of as on the brink »

Ethanol use boosts sorghum demand

Ethanol plants used 145 million bushels of a 597 million-bushel sorghum crop during the 2015/16 marketing year. This record utilization followed the previous year in which ethanol plants, unable to compete with extraordinary Chinese demand, used only 15 million bushels of »

Sustainability, carbon intensity definitions can get complicated

Sustainability, from a farmer’s perspective, can be a very ambiguous consumer buzzword. Carbon intensity is even more so. In this down-turned farm economy, economic survival is higher on the priority list when selecting crops or production practices. However, while these two »