Grain sorghum marketing in Mississippi with potential marketing alternatives

Pepper, P.W., Jr. (1976) Grain sorghum marketing in Mississippi with potential marketing alternatives. Other. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station .

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Grain sorghum production has been sought as a solution to the feed grain deficiency in Mississippi and as a crop for land not suited to the production of cotton and soybeans. However, the crop has contributed only slightly to eliminating the feed grain deficiency in the state. Production increased from 297,000 bushels in 1965 to 5.4 million bushels in 1971 but fell to only slightly more than one million bushels in 1973. While there are problems with production, many of the more serious problems are found in the market. Normally, grain sorghum is harvested at about the same time as soybeans and it usually requires drying. Elevators generally are not equipped to dry it. Feed mills usually have storage facilities for only 2 or 3 days supply of grain and do not have drying facilities. Thus, unless farmers have drying and storage facilities, grain sorghum often becomes distress merchandize. Mississippi producers generally have received a price well below the cost of shipped-in grain and the net value of the crop when shipped from the State. In terms of the relative feed value of the two crops, grain sorghum for the 1968-72 period was lower priced than maize. On-farm drying of grain sorghum in Mississippi appears to be less costly than commercial drying. Since the on-farm storage cost of grain sorghum is an estimated 12.0 cents per bushel per year and the commercial rate is 1.5 cnts per bushel per month plus the 7 cent in-and-out charge, the farmer who does not already have available on-farm storage and who plans to store grain no longer than 3 to 4 months may find commercial storage cheaper. On-farm storage appears to be cheaper for periods of storage longer than this or if the storage space may be used for storing other grains at different times of the year

Item Type: Monograph (Other)
Author Affiliation: Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
Subjects: Plant Production > Farming Systems
Social Sciences > Marketing
Divisions: Sorghum
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2012 05:57
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2012 05:58

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