Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - Nov. 18


By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released November 15, 2016, reported 90 percent of the nation’s sorghum crop was harvested by week’s end, slightly ahead of last year. Sorghum harvest was complete or is nearly complete in Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska and South Dakota.

TEXAS – Eighty-seven percent of the Texas sorghum has been harvested, down just two percentage points from the same time last year.

KANSAS – Producers in Kansas have harvested 91 percent of the state’s grain sorghum, six percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

OKLAHOMA –Approximately 88 percent of Oklahoma grain sorghum has been harvested, up four percentage points from last week and seven points ahead of the 5-year average.

NEW MEXICO – In New Mexico, 41 percent of grain sorghum has been harvested, progressing 10 points from last week. Seth Martin of Clovis reported he is still planning to start harvesting once his area receives the first freeze of the season. He also said his crop is healthy and should produce good yields.

NEBRASKA –Ninety-seven percent of Nebraska’s grain sorghum has been harvested, seven points ahead of last year and four percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.

SOUTH DAKOTA – South Dakota grain sorghum harvest is 98 percent complete, up three points from last week and six points ahead of the 5-year average. 

ILLINOIS – In Illinois, 90 percent of the state’s sorghum crop has been harvested, up seven percentage points from last week and just slightly lower than the 5-year average.

COLORADO – Colorado is 94 percent complete with its sorghum harvest, up three points since last week and 19 points ahead of the 5-year average.

MISSOURI – Ninety-three percent of the Missouri sorghum has been harvested, progressing three points from last week and three points ahead of the 5-year average.