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Sorghum’s Row

Sorghum was once the darling crop to grow because it was cheaper to produce than corn and environmentally friendly since it required less water. U.S. farmers nearly tripled the amount of sorghum they grew between 2011 and 2015, but since then production of the crop has fallen by 40 percent. Likewise, production in Nigeria, the world’s second largest sorghum producing nation, has fallen from its peak of 7.55 MMT in 2016 to 6.9 MMT this year. Only in Ethiopia and China is the production up, and then not by much.  Notably, while global production of sorghum over the past decade has increased by an average 0.47 percent per annum, consumption has been advancing 30 percent faster than that. Global ending stocks will nonetheless rise s...

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