Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - Sept. 16


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released Sept. 13, 2016, reported 83 percent of U.S. sorghum to be at or beyond the coloring stage, three percentage points ahead of last year and 11 points ahead of the 5-year average. By Sept. 11, forty-four percent of this year’s crop was mature, four percentage points ahead of last year and six points ahead of the 5-year average. Producers had harvested 26 percent of the nation’s sorghum by week’s end, equal to last year but slightly behind the 5-year average. Overall, 65 percent of U.S. sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, down slightly from last week and two percentage points lower than at the same time last year.

TEXAS – Eighty-one percent of grain sorghum in Texas has colored, and 77 percent has matured. Blake Tregellas of Perryton reported his crop is looking right on target and expects to begin harvesting three weeks from now. Dale Artho of Wildorado said he is waiting on optimum maturity levels to start harvesting. Fifty-six percent of Texas grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, and 60 percent of the state’s crop has been harvested.

KANSAS – Kansas grain sorghum is 84 percent colored, and 19 percent has reached maturity. Matt Splitter of Lyons reported his area has had adequate rainfall and ideal temperatures for sorghum. He said his crop is progressing well and expects to start harvest in about two weeks. Seventy-four percent of Kansas grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

OKLAHOMA – Approximately 73 percent of grain sorghum in Oklahoma is at or beyond the coloring stage, and 33 percent has reached maturity. Alan Mindemman of Apache reported he has completed harvest and is now beginning his fall field work in preparation for next year’s crop. Sixty-nine percent of Oklahoma grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, and 15 percent of the state’s crop has been harvested. 

NEW MEXICO – Grain sorghum in New Mexico is 44 percent colored, and 10 of the state’s crop has matured. Seth Martin of Clovis reported late rain has caused additional heading in his crop and is now starting to fill, pushing his expected harvest date to mid-October. Twenty-three percent of New Mexico grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

NEBRASKA – Nebraska is 95 percent colored, and 22 percent of the state’s sorghum crop has reached maturity. Mike Baker of Trenton reported his crop is looking well despite a lack of rainfall. He expects to have a slightly lower yield than last year, but an above average crop none the less. Eighty-five percent of Nebraska grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

SOUTH DAKOTA – In South Dakota, 86 percent of grain sorghum is at or beyond the coloring stage, and 29 percent has matured. Jerry Van Zee of Platte reported his crop has colored and looks better than ever. With harvest only a few weeks away, 54 percent of South Dakota’s grain sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition.

ILLINOIS – Eighty-three percent of grain sorghum in Illinois has colored, and 36 percent has reached maturity. John Williams of McLeansboro reported he has started harvesting his sorghum crop on Tuesday, but any further cutting has been delayed due to rain. Sixty-eight percent of the state’s crop was reported in good to excellent condition.