Coinciding with the release of the U.S. Grains Council’s (USGC’s) 2021/2022 U.S. Sorghum Harvest Quality Report, more than 90 attendees, half being from China, recently joined a hybrid webinar event to learn more about the U.S. sorghum crop. Buyers, end-users and stakeholders from Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines were also present for the 2021/2022 U.S. Sorghum Harvest Quality Report and Market Outlook Conference, held on April 1.
“One of our core values at the Council is trust,” said Manuel Sanchez, USGC director in China. “The third annual sorghum harvest quality report allows us to build trust with our customers in the single largest market for U.S. sorghum exports. The report enables us to share the most accurate, unbiased information about the 2021/2022 U.S. sorghum crop quality.”
The Council co-hosted the event with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program (USCP). Attendees heard from Paige Stevenson USGC manager of global trade on the findings from the 2021/2022 Sorghum Harvest Quality Report, including the crop’s excellent quality and absence of condensed tannins.
The Council also provided attendees with up-to-date market information and planting intentions in the major sorghum production states. Producers from Kansas and Texas shared their perspectives on the weather, farm inputs, fuel and other factors that farmers face throughout the sorghum growing season. Ross Janssen, a meteorologist in Kansas, shared information on the weather anticipated over the upcoming sorghum planting season.
“There are many shifts taking place in global grain markets right now, and prices are continuing to climb,” Stevenson said. “However, U.S. producers and the industry are committed to continuing to provide high quality, reliable grain to international markets during these unique times.”
With the report available to buyers around the world, the Council looks forward to sharing its content with long time buyers as well as new ones.
“The information presented in this year’s sorghum harvest quality report will greatly interest livestock producers in southern China, where animal production is concentrated and feed demand runs high,” Sanchez said. “Sorghum is commonly used as an energy ingredient in feed rations and competes with domestic corn on similar feed values.”
About The U.S. Grains Council
The U.S. Grains Council develops export markets for U.S. barley, corn, sorghum and related products including distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and ethanol. With full-time presence in 28 locations, the Council operates programs in more than 50 countries and the European Union. The Council believes exports are vital to global economic development and to U.S. agriculture’s profitability. Detailed information about the Council and its programs is online at www.grains.org.