Thursday, January 22, 2015

What farmers are abandoning wheat for...

U.S. farmers are ripping out wheat and planting more sorghum. Farmers harvest sorghum from South Dakota to Texas, the biggest producer. The crop can be grown on lower-quality soils because it performs better in warm, dry conditions than corn or soybeans. After drought expanded through the U.S. Great Plains two years ago, farmers probably planted several hundred thousand more acres than estimated by the USDA as they abandoned wheat. American production is usually exported, used in animal feed, biofuel or food products. As much as 35 percent of the domestic harvest is used in ethanol production. However, with the popularity of gluten-free products, sorghum is appearing in more food products.

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