Grain Sorghum Acres Down

Grain sorghum production in the Carolinas on a broad scale is really in its fourth year, and Dan Weathington, Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association says acres are down for a couple of reasons:

“Acres are about 60-65000 acres are the total across the three local states.”

And that’s down from as much as 100,000 acres in years past.  Weathington says the primary reason for the lower acreage is price:

“We have 3-4 years of pretty good grain prices. But at some point in time the supplies will go down and the prices will go back up.”

Weathington says there were some lessons learned last year, and this year’s growing conditions have been better, so the crop looks good:

“The sorghum I’ve seen looks really good. We have learned from our lessons last year and farmers are really doing a good job managing the crop. Rain can hide a lot of things and it’s been plentiful and at the right times. But the problems of last year put some bad taste out there so we don’t have the acreage we have had in the past. But it’s a good fit if you have the time to manage it and the right weather.”

And variety selection is key to a successful crop says Weathington:

“Its taken some time to find the varieties that will perform well here.”

Another lesson learned say Weathington, is don’t let a mature crop sit in the field:

“From last year we learned that once its fully matured, don’t let it set there. We need to get it out of the field.”

Executive Director of the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Association, Dan Weathington



A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.