Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - July 8


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released July 6, 2016, reported that 29 percent of the sorghum was at or beyond the heading stage by July 3, six percentage points ahead of last year and 5 points ahead of the 5-year average. Weekly heading advances of more than 10 percentage points were observed in Arkansas and Louisiana. Overall, 69 percent of the sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, down slightly from last week but 2 percentage points better than at the same time last year.

TEXAS – Grain sorghum in Texas is 60 percent headed and 10 percent has been harvested. Danny Beyer of Odem reported average yields and speculates that growers in his area will be done harvesting by the weekend. Mark Wiethorn of McGregor said harvest in his area should begin within the next two weeks. He also reported his crop as somewhere between 30 to 40 percent moisture. Sixty-four percent of sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

KANSAS – Ten percent of grain sorghum in Kansas is at or beyond the heading stage, as of July 3. Matt Splitter of Lyons said the sorghum in his area is ranging anywhere from the 2-5 leaf growing stage. Lance Russell of Hays reported his crop is about 2 feet tall, and his area is experiencing good growing conditions with a full moisture profile. Seventy-five percent of sorghum in Kansas was reported in good to excellent condition.

OKLAHOMA – In Oklahoma, 15 percent of grain sorghum has headed and 75 percent was reported in good to excellent condition. Alan Mindemann of Apache said he continues to plant sorghum as a double-crop behind wheat, but what sorghum he does have planted is coming in nicely and he hopes for more rain. 

NEW MEXICO – New Mexico is 1 percent headed, and 29 percent of the crop was reported in good to excellent condition. Seth Martin of Clovis said that the weather in his region has been ideal for growing sorghum with plenty of rain and hot temperatures.

NEBRASKA – Eighty-three percent of planted sorghum acres were reported to be in good to excellent condition in Nebraska. Mike Baker of Trenton reported his crop looks to be in excellent condition despite the recent dry spell.

SOUTH DAKOTA – Approximately two percent of grain sorghum in South Dakota is at or beyond headed. Jerry Van Zee of Platte reported his crop has benefited from the recent hot, dry weather after earlier rainfall. Sixty-five percent of grain sorghum in South Dakota was reported in good to excellent condition.

ARKANSAS – Grain sorghum in Arkansas is 38 percent headed and 60 percent was reported in good to excellent condition. Larry Earnest of Star City reported a recent heat wave; with a heat index exceeding well over 100 degrees, has affected the pollination progress of his crop but expects his crop to recover in time. 

ILLINOIS – In Illinois, 62 percent of planted sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition. John Williams of McLeansboro reported his crop is about 3 feet tall and has benefited from a recent rainfall of 4 inches.