Leading U.S. states in production of sorghum for grain 2019

Kansas produced the highest volume of sorghum for grain of any U.S. state, according to a 2019 report. In that year, some 204 million bushels of sorghum for grain were produced in Kansas.

Utilization of sorghum

Sorghum is a type of edible grain that can be processed and prepared in a variety of ways. It is high in protein compared to corn and wheat, making it an attractive option for individuals on high protein diets. Sorghum can be milled into flour, eaten in its whole grain form, or made into syrup. Sorghum can also be processed into ethanol or fed to livestock.

Sorghum production in the United States

The volume of sorghum produced in the United States reached a maximum in the 2015/2016 crop year at 15.16 million metric tons. Sorghum production has since decreased to around 9.27 million metric tons as of 2018/2019. The area of sorghum harvested for grain in the United States has seen wide fluctuations between 2000 and 2018, reaching maximums of around 8.6 million acres and minimums of 3.9 million acres. In 2018, around 5 million acres of sorghum were harvested for grain in the United States.

Top U.S. states in sorghum production for grain in 2019

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January 2020


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Supplementary notes

*Estimates discontinued in 2019. All figures are estimates.

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