Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - Nov. 4


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released November 1, 2016, reported 96 percent of the nation’s sorghum was mature by week’s end, 3 percentage points behind last year but slightly ahead of the 5-year average. Producers had harvested 76 percent of the nation’s sorghum, slightly behind last year but 8 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average. Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota producers recorded double-digit harvest progress during the week.

TEXAS – Texas grain sorghum is 94 percent mature. Eighty percent of the state’s crop has been harvested, down slightly from last year, but two percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

KANSAS – Ninety-eight percent of grain sorghum in Kansas has reached maturity, and 71 percent of the state’s sorghum has been harvested, down slightly from last year but 11 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

OKLAHOMA – Grain sorghum in Oklahoma is 98 percent mature. Approximately 69 percent of the grain sorghum crop has been harvested, up six percentage points from last week and three points ahead of the 5-year average.

NEW MEXICO – In New Mexico, 70 percent of grain sorghum has reached maturity. Seth Martin of Clovis reported his crop is not fully mature and he is waiting on a freeze before starting harvest. He added his crop has bounced back after a hot, dry spell and speculates he will see double his expected yield. Eight percent of New Mexico’s crop has been harvested.

NEBRASKA –Eighty-one percent of Nebraska’s grain sorghum has been harvested, 15 points ahead of last year and 11 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

SOUTH DAKOTA – Jerry Van Zee of Platte, South Dakota, reported he has finished harvest and is pleased with his yields this season. Ninety percent of the state’s sorghum crop has been harvested, 19 percentage points ahead of last year and 11 points ahead of the 5-year average.

ILLINOIS – Illinois sorghum is 95 percent mature. Seventy-four percent of the state’s grain sorghum crop has been harvested, slightly lower than the 5-year average but up 13 points from last week.