Sorghum Bi-weekly Crop Update - June 26


The latest USDA crop update released June 23, 2015, indicated 85 percent of the nation’s grain sorghum has been planted, only four percentage points behind the 5-year average. Heading was 18 percent complete by June 21, just three percentage points behind the 5-year average. As a whole, 68 percent of the sorghum crop was reported in good to excellent.

TEXAS – Texas is 92 percent completed planting grain sorghum acres. Rainfall has continued to hinder some operations in South Texas. The heavy rain has saturated the area and there is concern some grain may not head out. Danny Beyer of Odem, Texas, said he has been fortunate to have enough time for his fields to dry out and hopes for a successful crop this year. Some early planted grain sorghum is already being harvested across the region. Beyer said harvest will be drawn out in the Coastal Bend due to excessive rainfall delaying growth earlier in the month. Although there have been challenges for the producers in South Texas recently, some producers are anticipating a bumper crop in their higher fields. Overall, grain sorghum across the state is progressing well and producers are optimistic for high yields. The price for grain sorghum this week at Beyer’s local elevator was $8.30 per hundred weight.

KANSAS – Areas across Kansas are finishing up planting grain sorghum acres. To-date producers are 78 percent finished planting. Most soil is in good condition as indicated by the USDA crop update as they have received rainfall the past couple of weeks. The cash price for grain sorghum in Colby, Kansas, is $7.09 per hundred weight.

OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma is 97 percent completed planting grain sorghum acres as of the latest USDA crop update. According to Marty Williams of Ainsworth, Oklahoma, grain sorghum across the state looks excellent. Most areas received plentiful rainfall in the last month and hope it continues in upcoming weeks. Williams’ sorghum is maturing and he said harvest should be on time across the state. The cash price for grain sorghum in Shattuck, Oklahoma, is $7.80 per hundred weight.

NEW MEXICO – New Mexico is 95 percent completed planting grain sorghum acres. There has been sporadic rainfall across the state, but even so,soil moisture has remained desirable. The cash price for grain sorghum this week in Clovis, New Mexico, is $6.55 per hundred weight.

NEBRASKA – Producers across the state of Nebraska are 95 percent finished planting grain sorghum acres. There has been a desirable amount of rainfall in the past week throughout the state, leaving soil moisture at an excellent percentage. The price for grain sorghum in Grand Island, Nebraska, this week is $7.27 per hundred weight.

SOUTH DAKOTA –South Dakota is 75 percent done planting sorghum acres. Jerry Van Zee of Platte, South Dakota, said things could not look any better in regard to grain sorghum in his area. They have had more than adequate moisture, and Van Zee said crop progress and the weather are looking perfect in his region. Across the state, the rainfall has been sporadic, leaving some areas drier than others. The cash price for grain sorghum at Van Zee’s local elevator is $3.60 per bushel.

DELTA – Producers across the Delta regions are excited about this year’s sorghum crop. Illinois is 75 percent planted, Missouri is 57 percent planted and both Louisiana and Arkansas are 100 percent planted. Most areas have received adequate rainfall in the recent weeks and early sorghum has excellent stands according to John Williams of southern Illinois. He said most producers should be on track to harvest on time and his sorghum looks the best he has ever seen it. The price for grain sorghum across this region remains steady.

MID-ATLANTIC – Johnnie Tyndall of Deep Run, North Carolina, said areas across the region are in need of rain. It has been dry the past couple of weeks, but rain is forecasted later in the week. Tyndall said the crop is progressing well and producers are optimistic for harvest in the coming months. The cash price for grain sorghum at Tyndall’s local elevator is $3.79 per bushel.

SOUTHEAST – According to Carlton Bridgeforth of Tanner, Alabama, most areas across the southeast have been dry the past couple of weeks and producers are hoping for a rain soon. Wheat harvest is near completion and producers are looking forward to a plentiful grain sorghum harvest. The price for grain sorghum has remained steady across the region.