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Sorghum Notes | May 9, 2013

Sorghum Notes | May 9, 2013

May 9, 2013

the voice of the sorghum industry

Farm Bill Markup Double Header Next Week

The time has finally come again to markup a farm bill, and Senate and House Agriculture Committees will do so back-to-back next week – the Senate leading May 14 and the House following May 15. As language from each committee is made available, National Sorghum Producers will be carefully combing through legal language, ensuring sorghum has been taken care of in each chamber committee’s draft. NSP fully expects a healthy debate to occur during both committee markups, and we will have representatives on the ground watching and working through the amendment process, keeping a close eye on those relevant to the sorghum industry. NSP will release more information as the process moves forward next week.

USDA to Resume Farm Payments

USDA announced this week farm payments, suspended as a result of the sequester, will resume May 8. This includes payments for the 2011 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments Program (SURE), the Noninsured Crop Assistance Program (NAP) and the Milk Income Loss Contract Program (MILC).

USDA also advises producers to be aware of current program sign-up periods with enrollment deadlines: 2013 Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program – June 3; 2011 SURE – June 7; and the 2013 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program – August 2. Producers should contact their local FSA office for appointments to enroll in these programs before their slated deadlines.

Study Shows Benefits from Integration of Sweet Sorghum Juice in Corn Mash for Ethanol Production

The Sorghum Checkoff in collaboration with the NCERC at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (formerly the National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center) announced this week a successful bench-scale evaluation of sweet sorghum juice sugars with corn mash for the production of fuel ethanol. This study expands upon a commercial-scale trial that was conducted in Hopkinsville, Ky., in late 2012 by Commonwealth Agri-Energy LLC, Delta BioRenewables LLC, Ceres Inc. and the Sorghum Checkoff.

The study provides important data on the production of ethanol from a combination of sweet sorghum juice and corn mash and demonstrates the potential for a corn ethanol plant to increase production above nameplate capacity by incorporating sweet sorghum juice sugars. In addition to other benefits for ethanol plants, researchers say sweet sorghum juice sugar can help ethanol producers diversify their feedstock streams and serve as a bridge to the next generation of biofuel production. The study could help support the commercialization of sweet sorghum as a new industrial sugar feedstock crop across the broad geographic area of the country where it can be grown.

For more information on details regarding the trial’s methodology and results, click here.

Census Deadline Approaches

The 2012 Census of Agriculture will close May 31, 2013, and all farmers and ranchers are encouraged to turn in their census information if you have not already done so. USDA says more than 2 million completed census forms have already been received.

Crop Report

By week’s end, 28 percent of the sorghum crop was planted, 6 percentage points behind last year and 3 points behind the 5-year average. With low temperatures and wet fields limiting fieldwork, planting had yet to begin in Kansas. State planted percentages as of May 5 are as follows: Arkansas – 49 percent; Louisiana – 80 percent; Missouri – 2 percent; New Mexico – 2 percent; Oklahoma – 6 percent and Texas – 65 percent.

Upcoming Sorghum Events

May 16-18 South Texas Elevator Meeting, South Padre Island, Texas
May 23 PRX Roundtable, Kansas City, Mo.
May 27 Memorial Day – NSP and USCP Offices Closed
June 6 Rio Farms Field Day, Monte Alto, Texas
June 6-7 San Patricio & Nueces County Crop Tours, Corpus Christi, Texas
June 7 McLennan County Crop Tour, McGregor, Texas
June 7-8 Dairy Producers of New Mexico Annual Meeting & Trade Show, Ruidoso, N.M.
June 10-13 Fuel Ethanol Workshop, St. Louis, Mo.
June 14 McLennan County Crop Tour, McGregor, Texas
June 18 Stiles Farm Field Day, Thrall, Texas

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. To learn more about NSP, visit our website at Write to us at National Sorghum Producers, 4201 N Interstate 27, Lubbock, TX 79403. To unsubscribe to Sorghum Notes, please reply to If you have questions about the sorghum industry or the National Sorghum Producers, please do not hesitate to call NSP at (800) 658-9808. You can also follow NSP on Twitter @SorghumGrowers, and you can find National Sorghum Producers on Facebook.

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Quote of the Week:

“Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”

— James 5:18

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