Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - July 22


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released July 19, 2016, reported 39 percent of sorghum was at or beyond the heading stage as of July 17, seven percentage points ahead of last year and six points ahead of the 5-year average. By week’s end, 19 percent of sorghum was at or beyond the coloring stage, equal to last year but four percentage points behind the 5-year average. Overall, 68 percent of sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, down some from last week but slightly better than at the same time last year.

TEXAS – Seventy-six percent of grain sorghum in Texas is at or beyond the heading stage,and 48 percent has colored. Sixty-two percent of grain sorghum in Texas was reported in good to excellent condition. Producers in the southern low plains of Texas reported low populations of sugarcane aphids in a number of local sorghum fields. Mark Weithorn of McGregor indicated he will begin sorghum harvest next week. Danny Beyer of Odem said harvest is nearly complete in his area and reported above-average yields. 

KANSAS – In Kansas, 13 percent of grain sorghum has headed, 75 percent of which is in good to excellent condition. Lance Russell of Hays reported his crop is entering the boot stage with temperatures in his area exceeding 100 degrees for the past week. Matt Splitter of Lyons said his crop is at the 5-6 leaf growing stage and is coming along well despite heavy weed pressure early on. 

OKLAHOMA – Grain sorghum in Oklahoma is 30 percent headed. Alan Mindemann of Apache said his crop has flowered and has benefited from recent rainfall, the first in over a month. He anticipates good yields in his region. Seventy-four percent of sorghum in Oklahoma was reported in good to excellent condition.

NEW MEXICO – Ten percent of grain sorghum in New Mexico is at or beyond the heading stage and 21 percent was reported to be in good to excellent condition. Seth Martin of Clovis said his area has experienced temperatures reaching 100 degrees for the past few weeks, and the sorghum crop could use some moisture. 

NEBRASKA – Nebraska is seven percent headed, 82 percent of  which was reported in good to excellent condition. Mike Baker of Trenton reported his crop is looking very good, but could be exceptional with more rain. He also said his area has had prime sorghum growing weather with temperatures of 100-105 degrees and scattered rain showers. 

SOUTH DAKOTA – In South Dakota, 23 percent of grain sorghum was reported to be at or beyond the heading stage. Jerry Van Zee reported the sorghum in his area is looking very good with clean, healthy fields. He said he is preparing for a heat wave expected to hit his area in the coming week. Sixty-three percent of grain sorghum in South Dakota was reported in good to excellent condition. 

ARKANSAS – Grain sorghum in Arkansas is 74 percent headed and 12 percent has colored. Larry Earnest of Star City said they are finishing the last round of irrigation in preparation for harvest, and he expects good yields. Fifty-nine percent was reported to be in good to excellent condition.

NORTH CAROLINA – Peter Fleming of Yadkinville reported the grain sorghum in his area is approximately two weeks shy of the flowering stage and looks promising. He said sugarcane aphids were reported in the northern part of his county, but populations are low and weather conditions in his area have been near perfect for sorghum.