Sorgo for sirup production : culture, harvesting, and handling. Page: Front Inside
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THE PRODUCTION OF SORGO for sirup making
extends from the Gulf States to Wisconsin and
Minnesota, 35 or 40 States ordinarily being included
in the area in which the crop is cultivated for this
purpose. The region of the greatest production is
in the Southern States.
As a source of sirup, sorgo is most commonly
grown to supply home needs, and the area cultivated
on individual farms averages less than an acre in
size; but there are a few commercial factories, and
to supply these the crop is grown in extended fields.
usually under contract.
Production varies from year to year. A high
point of 49,505,000 gallons of sorgo sirup, having an
average value to the producer of $1.069 a gallon, was
reached in 1920, production being stimulated at that
time by a scarcity of sugar following the World War.
Following this there was a decline in production.
In 1925 approximately 24,926,000 gallons were produced,
with an average price of 94.9 cents a gallon
received by the producer. In 1928 production was
approximately 26,972,000 gallons, the average price
received by the producer being 91.5 cents a gallon.
The sirup is used for both table and culinary purposes.
The crushed stalks and the remainder of the
plant have value as by-products, mainly for stock
feed. The bagasse is sometimes used for fuel and
for other purposes.
This bulletin describes cultural methods for the
production of sorgo for sirup-making purposes as
well as methods of harvesting and handling the crop.
Washinton, D. C. Isued January, 1930
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Cowgill, Horace Branson, 1880-1937. Sorgo for sirup production : culture, harvesting, and handling., book, 1938; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1748/m1/2/: accessed February 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.