Sorghum is a grain, forage or sugar crop that is among the most efficient crops in conversion of solar energy and use of water, according to the National Sorghum Producers. Part of its allure is its drought tolerance.
In 2013 U.S. growers, mostly in the High Plains, planted 8.1 million acres of sorghum, down from 27 million acres in 1957 and 13 million acres in 1996, Agri-Pulse reports. But Tim Lust, CEO of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, said "seed sales appear to be 'way up' and he expects acreage to expand across central Kansas and northern Oklahoma." Agri-Pulse is subscription only, but a free trial is available by clicking here.