USDA crop estimates from 2007 pegged sorghum production at 474,961,000 bushels, up 71% from last year. Average yield is estimated at 70.9 bushels per acre, up 27% from last year. If realized, this would be the third highest yield on record but all reports from NSP members indicate that the industry could break all yield records. According the USDA’s Agricultural Statistic Service, 81% of Colorado Sorghum is rated good to excellent while 74% of Oklahoma sorghum is rated good to excellent. Nationwide, 64% of the sorghum crop is rated in good to excellent condition compared to 26% rated good to excellent this time last year.

Senate Farm Bill Drafts to be Released

Farm Bill title drafts will be publicly released when lawmakers return to Washington D.C. in early September. Since the House version of the Farm Bill passed, there has been much discussion on the Durbin-Brown proposal which focuses on revenue-based farm programs. NSP and Kansas State University are actively evaluating this and other policy concepts and their potential impacts on sorghum.

Harvest Report

Harvest is wrapping up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where producers saw record yields and production. The Coastal Bend area of Texas has harvested most of its sorghum in the last week and reports good yields. Unfortunately, too much rain has lowered yields and created sprouting damage in the area.

Scott Seed Joins NSP as Corporate Sponsor

NSP welcomes its newest industry sponsor, Scott Seed at Hereford, Texas. Scott Seed is a family-owned seed business specializing in quality forage sorghum seed. We thank Scott Seed for their generous support and encourage NSP members to conduct their business with our industry sponsors.

Maunder Honored with Distinguished Alumnus Award

Dr. Bruce Maunder, President of the National Grain Sorghum Producers’ Foundation and Research Advisor at NSP, will be honored as a distinguished alumnus of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is the recipient of the 2007 Henry Beachell Distinguished Alumni Award, an award named in honor of the man who brought the Green Revolution to India’s Punjab region in the 1960’s in the form of a rice variety known as IR8. We congratulate Dr. Maunder on this prestigious award.

Bayer Increases Support Level

Bayer Crop Science increased their level of industry partnership of NSP to the Gold Level. As always, NSP greatly appreciates support from our industry partners, who are vital to NSP’s continuing operation. If you are interested in sponsorship, please call NSP Member Services Director, Christi Scherler at (806) 749-3478.

NSP Board Meeting

The NSP Board of Directors met in Lubbock, Texas August 8 – 11, 2007. The Board approved a budget and received updates from NSP staff on pending projects. The board discussed the future structure and role of the National Sorghum Producers. Randall Jones of USDA’s Ag Research Service attended NSP’s board meeting and commented that USDA is actively working to move the checkoff approval process forward. Congressman Henry Cuellar, who serves on the House Ag Committee and represents a large sorghum-producing district in south Texas, stopped by the NSP board meeting to visit about the Farm Bill process and gather input from board members about the needs of U.S. sorghum industry.

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