Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - Sept. 2


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released August 29, 2016, reported 95 percent of the sorghum crop was at or beyond the heading stage, slightly ahead of last year and 7 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Nationally, 62 percent of this year’s sorghum crop was at or beyond the coloring stage by August 28, seven percentage points ahead of last year and 11 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Thirty-three percent of the crop was mature by week’s end, 5 percentage points ahead of last year and 3 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

Harvest advanced slowly with activity limited to portions of the southern Great Plains and the Mississippi Delta. By August 28, producers had harvested 18 percent of the nation’s crop, slightly behind last year and 5 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Overall, 65 percent of the sorghum crop was reported in good to excellent condition.

TEXAS – Texas is 94 percent headed, and 78 percent of the state’s sorghum crop has reached the coloring stage. Dale Artho of Wilderado said his crop is filling grain nicely after some timely rain showers in the past week. Seventy-four percent of Texas grain sorghum has matured, and 47 percent has been harvested. Fifty-seven percent of Texas grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

KANSAS – Ninety-six percent of grain sorghum in Kansas has headed, 50 percent has reached the coloring stage and 3 percent of the state’s crop has matured. Matt Splitter of Lyons reported his crop is healthy and strong, and he expects to begin harvest in the next three weeks. Sixty-four percent of grain sorghum in Kansas was reported in good to excellent condition.

OKLAHOMA – Grain sorghum in Oklahoma is 90 percent headed, and 51 percent has reached the coloring stage. Seventeen percent of the state’s crop has matured. Alan Mindemann of Apache reported he has finished harvesting his early planted sorghum crop and averaged roughly 55 bushels an acre. Approximately 1 percent of Oklahoma’s grain sorghum has been harvested, and 68 percent was reported in good to excellent condition.

NEW MEXICO – In New Mexico, 75 percent of grain sorghum has headed, and 29 percent is at or beyond the coloring stage. Seth Martin of Clovis reported a healthy crop that has headed and is now filling grain. Twenty percent of the state’s grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

NEBRASKA – Approximately 99 percent of grain sorghum in Nebraska has headed, and 74 percent has reached the coloring stage. Mike Baker of Trenton reported his crop is healthy with 1-2 inches of rainfall over the past two weeks. He said harvest is roughly a month away. Eighty-three percent of Nebraska grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

SOUTH DAKOTA – South Dakota grain sorghum is 96 percent headed, and 53 percent has reached the coloring stage. Eight percent of the crop has matured. Jerry Van Zee of Platte reported his crop is in the coloring stage and in excellent condition. Fifty-four percent of the state’s crop was reported in good to excellent condition.

ARKANSAS – One hundred percent of grain sorghum in Arkansas has headed and 99 percent has reached the coloring stage. Ninety percent of the state’s crop has matured, and 18 percent has been harvested. Persistent mid-August rainfall delayed harvest in parts of Arkansas and caused much of the state's grain sorghum crop to sprout in the head. Forty-seven percent of the sorghum crop was reported in good to excellent condition.

ILLINOIS – Illinois sorghum is 85 percent headed, and 73 percent has reached the coloring stage. Twenty percent of the crop has matured. John Williams of McLeansboro reported his crop is in good condition, and he expects to begin harvesting within the next two weeks. Seventy percent of grain sorghum in Illinois was reported in good to excellent condition.