Sorghum Bi-Weekly Crop Update - August 14


The latest USDA crop update released August 11, 2015, indicated 72 percent of the nation’s grain sorghum is at or beyond the heading stage, 32 percent of which is at or beyond the coloring stage. As a whole, 67 percent of the sorghum crop was reported to be in good to excellent condition, eight percentage points better than last year at this time.

TEXAS – Most areas across South Texas have completed harvest. Danny Beyer of Odem, Texas, said some acres that experienced extensive water damage early in the season will be harvested late. The excessive rain also hindered yields for some producers across the southern regions in Texas. Increased temperatures across the state has sped up sorghum maturing and some northern regions in Texas should begin harvesting within the next week. Overall, 87 percent of Texas grain sorghum acres are headed, 66 percent are coloring, and state-wide 66 percent of sorghum is in good to excellent condition.

KANSAS – Sorghum in Kansas is progressing well. Sixty percent of sorghum acres are headed and 5 percent of which are coloring. Al Tiemeyer of Cheney, Kansas, said regions statewide are continuing to receive steady rainfall and producers will begin harvesting some sorghum acres in the next few weeks. Across the state, 66 percent of sorghum acres were reported to be in good to excellent condition.

OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma sorghum is 63 percent headed, 21 percent of which is coloring. Producers have received adequate rainfall over the past couple of weeks, keeping soil moisture up. This week, 79 percent of sorghum acres were rated good to excellent.

NEW MEXICO – Matt Lansford of Clovis, New Mexico, said producers in his area have received beneficial rainfall keeping soil moisture high. Sixteen percent of grain sorghum acres are headed to-date, and Lansford said sorghum in some of his fields is progressing better than it ever has. Overall, 90 percent of sorghum acres are in good to excellent condition.

NEBRASKA – Nebraska sorghum is 82 percent headed, 4 percent of which is coloring. Duane Vorderstraussee of New Orleans, Nebraska, said the steady rainfall has continued, and he is predicting harvest to begin mid-October. Producers are optimistic for good yields across the state and 71 percent of sorghum was reported good to excellent condition.

SOUTH DAKOTA – South Dakota is 81 percent headed, and Jerry Van Zee of Platte, South Dakota, said despite the lack of rainfall, producers are anticipating a bumper crop. Harvest in most areas should begin in mid-October, and the latest report indicated that 72 percent of sorghum was rated good to excellent.

DELTA – Illinois is 60 percent headed, 22 percent of which is coloring. Missouri is 73 percent headed, 18 percent of which is coloring. Louisiana is 100 percent headed, 96 percent of which is coloring, and Arkansas is 96 percent headed, 75 percent of which is coloring. Producers have been experiencing rainfall in most areas across the Delta region. According to John Williams of southern Illinois, the timely rain has benefited the sorghum crop lately, and he is optimistic for a plentiful harvest in mid-September. However, some areas across the delta have received excessive rainfall, slowing crop progress. Overall, 42 percent of sorghum acres in Illinois, 43 percent of sorghum in Missouri, 77 percent of sorghum acres in Arkansas and 50 percent of sorghum acres in Louisiana were rated in good to excellent condition.

MID-SOUTH – Despite some challenges with pest pressure, Carlton Bridgeforth of Tanner, Alabama, said most sorghum across the region is headed and looking good. He anticipates harvest to begin early to mid-September and is optimistic for high yields.

MID-ATLANTIC – Sorghum acres across the region are progressing well. Johnnie Tyndall of Deep Run, North Carolina, said moisture has returned to regions in the southeast with steady rainfall. Conditions are ideal for high yields this year, and Tyndall said he is optimistic for a good harvest.

PRICES 

ARKANSAS CASH BIDS 

West Memphis:

$7.4900 cwt

Blytheville:

$7.0100 cwt

Osceola:

$7.3650 cwt

Augusta:

$6.2950 cwt

Pine Bluff:

$7.0100 cwt 

KANSAS CASH BIDS             

Dodge City:

$6.80 cwt

Colby:

$6.70 cwt

Garden City:

$6.46-$6.73 cwt

Goodland:

$6.45 cwt

Protection:

$6.82 cwt

Scott City:

$6.45-$6.46 cwt

Sublette:

$6.46-$6.79 cwt

Syracuse:

$6.46 cwt

Ulysses:

$6.45 cwt

Topeka:

$6.92 cwt

Concordia:

$6.65 cwt

Salina:

$6.92 cwt

Newton:

$6.33 cwt

Hutchinson:

$6.42-$6.90 cwt

Wellington:

$6.62 cwt

Arkansas City:

$6.58 cwt 

MISSOURI CASH BIDS 

Kansas City:

$6.82-$6.91 cwt

St. Louis:

$7.17-$7.35 cwt

Marshall:

$6.19 cwt

Lamar:

$5.82 cwt

Golden City:

$5.76 cwt

Lockwood:

$5.57 cwt

Cape Girardeau:

$7.08 cwt

Buffalo Island:

$7.08 cwt

Dudley:

$6.66 cwt 

NEBRASKA CASH BIDS

Superior:

$6.36 cwt

Beatrice, Dorchester, Plymouth:

$6.29 cwt

Hastings:

$6.38 cwt

McCook:

$6.36 cwt

Grand Island:

$6.20 cwt

Holdrege:

$6.20 cwt 

NEW MEXICO CASH BIDS 

$6.16-$7.18 cwt  

OKLAHOMA CASH BIDS 

Shattuck:

$6.66 cwt

Hooker:

$6.64 cwt

Medford:

$6.64 cwt

Keyes:

$6.38 cwt

Manchester:

$6.61 cwt

Buffalo:

$6.59 cwt

Alva:

$6.59 cwt

Ponca City:

$6.64 cwt

Weatherford:

$6.29 cwt

Eldorado:

$6.30 cwt

TEXAS CASH BIDS               

Texas Midday bids:

$9.0625-$9.4200 cwt

Area North of the Canadian River:

$6.64 – $7.08 cwt

Triangle Area from Plainview to Canyon to Farwell:

$6.64 – $7.09 cwt

Area South of a Line from Plainview to Muleshoe:

$6.64 – $6.81 cwt

*Prices are provided by the Agriculture Marketing Service.