Sorghum achievements of Ukraine


Sorghum can by no means be called a staple cereal for Ukraine. This is rather a “second-tier” crop. Over the last five seasons, the sorghum crops have been varying within 188-354 KMT, i.e. less than 1% of Ukraine’s total grain production.

Sorghum plantings expand considerably in some years. For instance, this happened in 2012, when heavy losses of winter crops prompted farmers to sow more spring crops. However, the overwintering of crops was successful in the following years and there was no longer any necessity of so-called “emergency” crops.

Moreover, farmers are not interested in sorghum cultivation so much because of its relatively low profitability against other cereals, not to mention oilseeds, Elizaveta Malyshko, chief expert of grain market of UkrAgroConsult, notes.  Its margin only “shoots” in corn crop failure years, but they rarely occur lately.

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