Posted on Sep 21, 2015
The latest USDA crop update released September 15, 2015, indicated 83 percent of the nation’s grain sorghum is at or beyond the coloring stage, and 43 percent of the crop is mature. Harvest has begun across many areas and producers have harvested 22 percent of the nation’s crop thus far. As a whole, 67 percent of the sorghum crop was reported to be in good to excellent condition, 10 percentage points higher than last year at this time.
TEXAS– Regions across the southern most part of the state are completed harvesting while many across the High Plains are beginning harvest. Overall, 84 percent of Texas grain sorghum acres are coloring, 70 percent of which have matured. Producers have harvested 60 percent of the acres to date. Statewide, 67 percent of sorghum is in good to excellent condition.
KANSAS– Sorghum in Kansas is progressing well. Eighty-three percent of sorghum acres are coloring, 23 percent of which are mature and 2 percent has been harvested. Overall, 65 percent of sorghum acres were reported in good to excellent condition.
OKLAHOMA– Oklahoma sorghum is past the heading stage and 84 percent of sorghum is coloring. Approximately 36 percent of the crop has matured and producers have harvested 15 percent of the crop to date. This week, 74 percent of sorghum acres were rated in good to excellent condition.
NEW MEXICO– Thirty-five percent of New Mexico grain sorghum acres are coloring, 2 percent of which have reached maturity. Producers have not yet begun harvest, but overall 89 percent of sorghum acres are in good to excellent condition.
NEBRASKA– Approximately 86 percent of Nebraska sorghum acres are coloring, 12 percent of which have reached maturity. Duane Vorderstraussee of New Orleans, Nebraska, said despite the dry weather, his sorghum is progressing well and he is optimistic for high yields. Producers have not yet begun harvest. Seventy-one percent of sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.
SOUTH DAKOTA– Eighty-eight percent of South Dakota sorghum is coloring, 9 percent of which is mature. Producers have slowly begun harvest, having completed 1 percent of sorghum acres thus far. Jerry Van Zee of Platte, South Dakota, said soil moisture is ideal for sorghum right now and producers should begin harvesting more heavily in the next two weeks. The latest report indicated 76 percent of sorghum was rated good to excellent.
DELTA – Eighty-four percent of Illinois grain sorghum is coloring, 36 percent of which is mature and 1 percent has been harvested. With 41 percent crop maturity, farmers in Missouri have harvested 6 percent of sorghum acres. The remaining acres are 87 percent coloring. Sorghum acres in Louisiana have reached maturity and producers have harvested 90 percent of the crop. Arkansas is past the coloring stage and 95 percent of sorghum has reached maturity. Producers across Arkansas have harvested 71 percent of sorghum to date. Overall, 46 percent of sorghum acres in Illinois, 47 percent of sorghum in Missouri, 74 percent of sorghum acres in Arkansas and 50 percent of sorghum acres in Louisiana were rated in good to excellent condition.
ARKANSAS CASH BIDS
KANSAS CASH BIDS
MISSOURI CASH BIDS
NEBRASKA CASH BIDS
Superior, Grand Island:
Beatrice, Dorchester, Plymouth:$5.95 cwt
NEW MEXICO CASH BIDS
OKLAHOMA CASH BIDS
TEXAS CASH BIDS
Area North of the Canadian River:
$6.08 – $6.62 cwt
Triangle Area from Plainview to Canyon to Farwell:
$6.00 – $6.18 cwt
Area South of a Line from Plainview to Muleshoe:
$6.00 – $6.38 cwt
*Prices are provided by the Agriculture Marketing Service.