Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - August 19


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released August 16, 2016, reported as of August 14, eighty-three percent of the sorghum crop was at or beyond the heading stage, 3 percentage points ahead of last year and 11 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Nationally, 42 percent of sorghum was at or beyond the coloring stage by week’s end, 5 percentage points ahead of both last year and the 5-year average. Twenty-three percent of the sorghum was mature by week’s end, the same as last year but 3 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Overall, 65 percent of the sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, consistent with last week but 3 percentage points lower than the same time last year.

TEXAS – Texas is 85 percent headed, and 75 percent of grain sorghum is at the coloring stage. Fifty-seven percent of the state’s crop has matured. Blake Tregellas of Perryton reported recent cool weather has given his sorghum crop a much-needed break from the West Texas heat. Dale Artho of Wildorado said his crop is past the boot stage and is starting to fill. Sorghum harvest in Texas is now 45 percent complete, 5 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Fifty-six percent of Texas grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

KANSAS – Grain sorghum in Kansas is 82 percent headed, and 15 percent is at the coloring stage. Lance Russell of Hays said his multiple varieties of grain sorghum are anywhere from the pollination stage to grain setting. There have been confirmed reports of sugarcane aphids in his county, but Russell said populations have remained below threshold. Matt Splitter of Lyons reported his crop is healthy and the heads are filling out nicely. Seventy-three percent of grain sorghum in Kansas was reported in good to excellent condition.

OKLAHOMA – In Oklahoma, 78 percent of grain sorghum has headed, and 36 percent is at or beyond the coloring stage. Alan Mindemann of Apache reported he is test cutting and should start harvest next week, once moisture levels drop. Sixty-seven percent of Oklahoma’s grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

NEW MEXICO – Thirty-four percent of grain sorghum in New Mexico has headed, 11 percent is at the coloring stage, and 20 percent of the state’s crop was reported in good to excellent condition. Seth Martin of Clovis said his crop is in the pollination stage and looks good.

NEBRASKA – Approximately 87 percent of Nebraska’s grain sorghum is at or beyond the heading stage, and 27 percent is colored. Mike Baker of Trenton reported the lack of rainfall since July 17 has started to weaken his crop, but he said it is holding on strong. Eighty-five percent of grain sorghum in Nebraska was reported in good to excellent condition.

SOUTH DAKOTA – South Dakota is 91 percent headed, and 26 percent of the state’s grain sorghum has reached the coloring stage. Jerry Van Zee of Platte reported adequate rainfall and good growing conditions in his area. He said his sorghum crop has begun filling grain and looks very promising. Fifty-three percent of grain sorghum in South Dakota was reported in good to excellent condition.

ARKANSAS – In Arkansas, 100 percent of grain sorghum has headed, and 84 percent is at or beyond the coloring stage. Fifty-three percent of the state’s crop is mature. Larry Earnest of Star City said he is eagerly awaiting the start of harvest, which has been delayed by seven days of persistent rainfall. His crop is strong and healthy, and he hopes it will withstand more predicted rains. Fifty-four percent of grain sorghum in Arkansas was reported in good to excellent condition.

ILLINOIS – Seventy-eight percent of grain sorghum in Illinois has headed, and 52 percent has reached the coloring stage. John Williams of McLeansboro reported his crop is fully headed and in good condition. He also said his area received 6-10 inches of rainfall on August 12. Sixty-seven percent of the state’s grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.