The recent announcement of a Russian ban on wheat exports was good news for Kansas farmers, who are sitting on an oversupply of wheat.
But it was also good news for sorghum producers, who learned last week that Israel has bought 1.6 million bushels of U.S. sorghum and plans to buy 2.4 to 3.1 million bushels more. Kansas is the leading sorghum producer in the U.S. according to the U.S. Grains Council.
Israel is turning to the U.S. for sorghum that it normally buys from Ukraine. That country has seen serious losses to its grain crop because of dry weather and has announced it will impose quotas on exports.
It is estimated that Israel's imports of U.S. sorghum will increase by about 65 percent. This will bring the U.S. market share of sorghum to Israel to about 85 percent this calendar year. Corn imports are also expected to increase, reaching 59 million bushels. The U.S. market share for corn in Israel will increase to about 30 percent, compared to last year's 10 percent share.