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Sorghum Notes | August 10, 2017

Sorghum Notes | August 10, 2017

August 10, 2017

the voice of the sorghum industry

House Looks to Debate Ag Spending Bill in September
The House Rules Committee announced Monday a plan to debate the final eight remaining fiscal 2018 appropriations bills, including agriculture, in a single package upon return from the August recess. House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX) has said the panel will issue a deadline for amendment submission prior to the end of the August recess. Sessions said amendments would not be allowed to move money from one part of the bill to the other. The Rules Committee is expected to limit the number and type of amendments that get debated.

House Ag Committee Conducts Listening Sessions Nationwide
The House Agriculture Committee is continuing its round of listening sessions throughout the month of August. During the week of July 31, the committee hosted listening sessions in San Angelo, Texas; Morgan, Minnesota; and Modesto, California. The committee is scheduled to host another session in Decatur, Illinois on August 30.

After the Texas session, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) said, “Agriculture is the lifeblood of Texas, and the stories we heard from farmers and ranchers today strike at the heart of why we have a farm bill. The farm bill underpins the entire rural economy – an economy that has been under tremendous strain over the past four years. Improving economic conditions in farm country is instrumental in ensuring that Americans continue to enjoy the safest, most abundant and most affordable food and fiber supply in the world. I appreciated hearing from Texas farmers and ranchers today, and I am eager to take their input back to Washington as we continue crafting the next farm bill.”

Archived video of the listening sessions can be viewed here:

Senate Joins House for August Recess
After a delayed start, the Senate has now joined the House for the August recess. However, the Senate will still meet periodically over the coming weeks, a procedural move to keep the president from making any recess appointments. This move, which requires the Senate to meet every three business days for “pro-forma” sessions, was also made due to the inability to reach a deal on adjourning.

Leadership Sorghum New Orleans
Leadership Sorghum Class III visited the New Orleans area to learn about port operations, international marketing and next generation biofuels. The Port of New Orleans is a deep-water draft port located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is the sixth-largest port in the U.S. based on volume of cargo handled and the 13th-largest in the U.S. based on value of cargo. As with the Port of Houston, sorghum is exported from this location. In addition to visiting the port, the class met with CHSBunge and Russel Marine Group. Sorghum Checkoff Renewables Director John Duff, Randy Powell from Delta BioRenewables, and Zack Brenton from Clemson University visited with the class about biofuels. This is the fourth of five sessions for the Leadership Sorghum class. The final session and program graduation will take place in December in Lubbock, Texas.

USDA Releases Survey-Based Estimates
Yesterday’s World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report saw the projected national average sorghum yield raised to 69.6 bushels. This increase boosted projected production from 356 million bushels to 369 million bushels. Export projections were increased to 210 million bushels and ending stocks were raised slightly to compensate for the increase.The projected price remained steady at $2.90 per bushel indicating the 2017/2018 sorghum crop will be valued at approximately $1.1 billion.

NSP-BASF Joint Scholarship Application Now Open
Applications for the National Sorghum Foundation-BASF Joint Scholarship are now open. The scholarship will include a tuition award for the 2018-2019 school year as well as cover recipients’ cost to attend the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agriculturally related curriculum. Students must be a child or grandchild of an NSP member and undergraduates must be ente ring at least their second year of study by the 2018-2019 academic year.

Click here to download the application. For questions or to submit application materials, please contact Debra Lloyd at or 806-749-3478

Crop Update
By August 6, 62 percent of the sorghum was at or beyond the heading stage, 10 percentage points behind last year and slightly behind the five-year average. Sorghum was 44 percent headed in Kansas, two percentage points behind the five-year average. Nationally, 26 percent of the sorghum was at or beyond the coloring stage by week’s end, four percentage points behind last year and six points behind the 5-year average. Overall, 61 percent of the sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

Export Report
Export sales of new crop sorghum continued this week with China and Japan now committed to purchasing 10.7 million bushels of 2017/2018 sorghum. Gulf basis continued to strengthen in response and FOB vessel port bids are now 119 percent of corn or $4.77 per bushel. Bids on the Mississippi River are similarly strong; however, interior basis remains weak.

Calling all Century Farm Owners
If you own a Century Farm, we want to hear your story! Please email or call 800-658-9808.

Sorghum in the Spotlight:
Nebraska Researcher using Sorghum for Textile Dye – Rural Radio Network
Sorghum Shows Potential as Fabric Dye – Nebraska Today
First Report of Sugarcane Aphid on Grain Sorghum in Kansas This Year – The Ottowa Herald
European Commission Implements Import Duty on Maize, Sorghum, and Rye –
New EU Import Tariffs for Maize, Sorghum, Rye – All About Feed
Sorghum Looking Better and Better – KGNC
Lack of Supply Key Driver in Upward Swing Sorghum Stocks Dictate Price – Queensland County Life

Upcoming Sorghum Events  
Aug. 14-15       Mexico Sorghum Pet Food Team Tour, Kansas
Aug. 15-16       USCP Board Meeting, Dallas, TX
Aug. 20-23       MISE Conference, Atlanta, GA
Aug. 29            Randall County Crop Tour, Canyon, TX
Aug. 30            Rolling Plains Summer Crops Field Day – Chillicothe, TX
Sep. 4              Labor Day – NSP & USCP offices closed
Sept. 6             Sorghum Field Day – Mike Baker Farm, Trenton, NE
Sept. 7             Sorghum Field Day – John Dolnicek Farm, Lawrence, NE
Sept. 8             Sorghum Field Day – John Dvoracek Farm, Farwell, NE

For a full view of calendar events, visit the NSP website calendar.

Market News – To view this week’s Gulf export grain report, click here.

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About Sorghum Notes
Sorghum Notes is a publication of the National Sorghum Producers. NSP represents U.S. sorghum producers and serves as the voice of the sorghum industry from coast to coast through education and legislative and regulatory representation.

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