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Grain Sorghum Farm Gate Study

In 2006, GIPSA initiated the farm gate assessments with sorghum, using a program that is designed to be statistically sound, contingent upon a uniform participation rate of elevators across the country. The program is designed to capture first-point-of-sale, or farm gate inspection data for grain sorghum across all major sorghum producing regions of the U.S. GIPSA personnel contacted local grain elevators (based on Farm Service Agency records) in sorghum producing States to ask for assistance in providing samples to an official agency (selected through a competitive bid process) for grading. Prior to or at the beginning of local sorghum harvests, GIPSA sends enough shipping materials to participating elevators to capture over 1,200 sorghum samples. GIPSA gratefully acknowledges those elevators who provide samples.

Data are presented by State, and can be viewed by clicking on the appropriate link. In 2006, a number of samples arrived without mailing tags, thus their serial numbers are unknown. Data for these samples are found on the "Unspecified" page. It is likely these samples were from Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota or Texas (based on when the samples arrived). All data are used for the overall analysis, found on the "Summary" page, which contains the mean, maximum, and minimum values for the entire sample set, along with the grade limits for grading factors, and the percentage of samples by grade.

Please note: Effective June 1, 2008 broken kernels and foreign material grade limits for sorghum were changed. Prior grade limits for foreign material were number one, 1.5%; number two, 2.5%; number three, 3.5%; and number four, 4.5%. Prior grade limits for total broken kernels and foreign material were number one, 4%; number two, 7%; number three, 10%; and number four, 13%. Current grade limits for foreign material are number one, 1%; number two, 2%; number three, 3%; and number four, 4%. Current grade limits for total broken kernels and foreign material are number one, 3%; number two, 6%; number three, 8%; and number four, 10%.

Factors          
BNFM 2006 (PDF; 42Kb) 2007 (PDF; 43Kb) 2008 (PDF; 70Kb)/
avg (PDF; 60Kb)
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Dockage 2006 (PDF; 11Kb) 2007 (PDF; 11Kb) 2008 (PDF; 51Kb)/
avg (PDF; 60Kb)
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DKT 2006 (PDF; 40Kb) 2007 (PDF; 41Kb) 2008 (PDF; 64Kb)/
avg (PDF; 64Kb)
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FM 2006 (PDF; 40Kb) 2007 (PDF; 40Kb) 2008 (PDF; 63Kb)/
avg (PDF; 64Kb)
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Grade 2006 (PDF; 55Kb) 2007 (PDF; 55Kb) 2008 (PDF; 55Kb)/
avg (PDF; 55Kb)
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Moisture 2006 (PDF; 60Kb) 2007 (PDF; 60Kb) 2008 (PDF; 51Kb)/
avg (PDF; 60Kb)
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Test Weight 2006 (PDF; 46Kb) 2007 (PDF; 47Kb) 2008 (PDF; 63Kb)/
avg (PDF; 62Kb)
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States          
Arkansas 2006 (PDF; 13Kb) 2007 (PDF; 14Kb) 2008 (PDF; 18Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 27Kb)
Arizona - 2007 (PDF; 11Kb) 2008 (PDF; 15Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 13Kb)
California - 2007 (PDF; 11Kb) - - -
Colorado 2006 (PDF; 13Kb) 2007 (PDF; 13Kb) 2008 (PDF; 15Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) -
Georgia - 2007 (PDF; 13Kb) - - -
Illinios 2006 (PDF; 13Kb) 2007 (PDF; 14Kb) 2008 (PDF; 15Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 15Kb)
Kansas 2006 (PDF; 47Kb) 2007 (PDF; 50Kb) 2008 (PDF; 43Kb) 2009 (PDF; 28Kb) 2010 (PDF; 43Kb)
Kentucky - 2007 (PDF; 13Kb) - - -
Louisiana 2006 (PDF; 14Kb) 2007 (PDF; 14Kb) 2008 (PDF; 19Kb) 2009 (PDF; 15Kb) 2010 (PDF; 19Kb)
Missouri 2006 (PDF; 14Kb) 2007 (PDF; 14Kb) 2008 (PDF; 15Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 14Kb)
Mississippi 2006 (PDF; 11Kb) 2007 (PDF; 11Kb) - 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 13Kb)
Nebraska 2006 (PDF; 16Kb) 2007 (PDF; 17Kb) 2008 (PDF; 19Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 18Kb)
Nevada - 2007 (PDF; 14Kb) - - -
New Mexico - - 2008 (PDF; 15Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 13Kb)
Oklahoma 2006 (PDF; 14Kb) 2007 (PDF; 14Kb) 2008 (PDF; 17Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 14Kb)
South Dakota 2006 (PDF; 13Kb) 2007 (PDF; 14Kb) 2008 (PDF; 15Kb) 2009 (PDF; 14Kb) 2010 (PDF; 14Kb)
Tennessee - 2007 (PDF; 13Kb) - - -
Texas 2006 (PDF; 30Kb) 2007 (PDF; 29Kb) 2008 (PDF; 27Kb) 2009 (PDF; 27Kb) 2010 (PDF; 31Kb)
Unspecied 2006 (PDF; 14Kb) - - - -
           
           
Response Rate - - 2008 (PDF; 59Kb) - -
Summary 2006 (PDF; 11Kb) 2007 (PDF; 12Kb) 2008 (PDF; 69Kb)/
avg (PDF; 23Kb)
2009 (PDF; 68Kb) 2010 (PDF; 67Kb)