Israel. Sorghum Annual. Feb 2015 March 19, 2015
There is a limited amount of sorghum produced in Israel and it is all harvested for silage; all sorghum grain is imported. The level of consumption hinges on price relationships with other grains and protein sources.
About 1,100 HA are usually planted for sorghum silage. The majority of sorghum production is located in the northern and central parts of Israel.
Production is about 10 tons per HA and total sorghum silage production is about 11,000 tons.
The level of consumption hinges on price relationships with other grain sources, primarily corn, feed wheat, and DDGS and CGF.
Sorghum is a very minor feed grain in Israel, and its market share out of the total feed stuff imports is about 1-2 percent. However, whenever there is a shortage of grains from Ukraine and Russia and if sorghum prices are competitive, sorghum imports may increase, mainly from Ukraine. Due to Kosher laws, sorghum is consumed prior to Passover.
Due to significantly large corn imports mainly from Ukraine, sorghum imports in MY 2014/15 decreased by about 40 percent compared to the previous year. However, sorghum will continue to be a minor grain and consumption is projected to vary between 30-130 TMT per year in the next few years.
MY 2015/16 Outlook – If Ukraine continues to experience low feed wheat supplies as it experienced in the last two years (in recent years more Ukrainian wheat is sold as milling wheat) combined with high corn imports, it is estimated that sorghum imports in 2015/16 will stay at low levels as in the previous year, totaling about 40,000-50,000 tons
Most Sorghum is usually imported from Ukraine.
MY 2014/15 Outlook - Many Israeli traders consider the Black Sea Basin(BSB) a "natural" source for grains due to its proximity and the convenience of small-medium shipments, and all sorghum imports in MY 2013/14 and MY 2014/15 were imported from BSB, specifically Ukraine. Due to the significantly high corn imports, sorghum imports in MY 2014/15 decreased by about 40 percent compared to the previous year and will total about 40,000 tons.
Since sorghum is consumed only prior to Passover, ending stocks are usually very low, totaling 1,000-2,500 tons. The ending stocks of sorghum are not expected to change in the coming years