Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - August 5


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released August 2, 2016, reported 61 percent of the nation’s sorghum was at or beyond the heading stage as of July 29, seven percentage points ahead of last year and 11 points ahead of the 5-year average. Nationally, 26 percent of this year’s crop was at or beyond the coloring stage, slightly behind last year and 3 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Overall, 66 percent of the sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, up slightly from last week but 2 percentage points lower than the same time last year.

TEXAS – In Texas, 81 percent of grain sorghum has headed, and 32 percent has been harvested. Fifty-eight percent of Texas sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition. Mark Weithorn of McGregor reported he is completing harvest and will soon be preparing for his winter wheat crop. Danny Beyer of Odem said all of the sorghum in his area has been harvested, and he has already begun his fall field work to prepare for the area’s wettest months of September and October.

KANSAS – Sorghum is 47 percent headed in Kansas, and 3 percent has colored. The developing crop in Kansas benefited from cooler, wetter weather recently. Lance Russell of Hays reported a healthy, promising crop with no sugarcane aphid pressure. Matt Splitter of Lyons said his crop has headed and he anticipates an above average harvest. Seventy-four percent of sorghum in Kansas was reported in good to excellent condition.

OKLAHOMA – Forty-four percent of grain sorghum in Oklahoma has headed, and 19 percent of the state’s crop is at or beyond the coloring stage. Alan Mindemman of Apache reported extremely hot, dry weather in his area has begun to stress the sorghum crop, but it still looks promising. He said he will begin harvest in the next 7-10 days. Sixty-nine percent of grain sorghum in Oklahoma was reported in good to excellent condition.

NEW MEXICO – New Mexico is 15 percent headed, and 84 percent of the crop was reported in good to excellent condition. Seth Martin of Clovis said there has been no sugarcane aphid pressure in his area, and his sorghum fields have entered the heading stage. Recent scattered rain showers in his area have benefited the sorghum crop.

NEBRASKA – In Nebraska, 42 percent of grain sorghum has headed, and 82 percent was reported in good to excellent condition. Mike Baker of Trenton reported his early planted sorghum has pollinated and has had no sugarcane aphid pressure thus far. He expects harvest to be early this year.

SOUTH DAKOTA – Grain sorghum in South Dakota is 62 percent headed, and 61 percent was reported in good to excellent condition as of July 31. Jerry Van Zee of Platte reported his crop is beyond the heading stage and looks strong and healthy. Van Zee added that since 1991 sorghum has been his primary and most reliable crop.

ARKANSAS – Arkansas is 89 percent headed, and 43 percent is at or beyond the coloring stage. Fifty-seven percent of grain sorghum in Arkansas was reported in good to excellent condition.

ILLINOIS – Approximately forty-eight percent of grain sorghum in Illinois is at or beyond the heading stage, and 13 percent has colored. John Williams of McLeansboro reported a healthy crop with no sugarcane aphids detected in the area. Sixty-six percent of grain sorghum in Illinois was reported in good to excellent condition.