Kansas Milo Sparks Interest of Peruvian Farmers

GRIGSTON, Kan. (AP) – A group of South American trade buyers have toured Texas and western and central Kansas to learn about the region’s bountiful crop of milo, or grain sorghum.

The Hutchinson News reports the U.S. Grains Council recently showed the six buyers how milo is turned into feed for hogs, food for humans and fuel for vehicles.

The Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service says Kansas farmers planted 3.15 million acres of milo this year, up 17 percent from 2014. Kansas production is forecast at 258 million bushels, up 29 percent from 2014.

Prices of milo have dropped in part because of the larger crop.

Trade buyer Fernan Zapata of Peru says his company, Rico Polla, uses 20,000 tons of feed a month. Zapata says if the prices drop a little bit, Kansas milo will be “more attractive” for his company.