Posted on Jul 24, 2015
The latest USDA crop update released July 21, 2015, indicated 33 percent of the nation’s grain sorghum is at or beyond the heading stage, and 20 percent is at or beyond the coloring stage. As a whole, 67 percent of the sorghum crop was reported good to excellent, five percentage points better than last year at this time.
TEXAS – Areas across southern Texas have been harvesting grain sorghum in recent weeks and some producers have completed grain sorghum harvest. Danny Beyer of Odem, Texas, said yields are comparable to last years’ thus far across his region and producers are grateful the soil has started to dry up from the excessive rainfall earlier in the summer. Overall, 66 percent of Texas grain sorghum acres are headed, 49 percent of which are coloring and 66 percent of sorghum state-wide is in good to excellent condition.
KANSAS – Seven percent of grain sorghum acres across Kansas are headed this week. Al Tiemeyer of Cheney, Kansas, said they have continued to receive beneficial rainfall this past week and sorghum across the state is progressing well. Tiemeyer said the sorghum crop is at different stages, some recently emerging all the way to the heading stage, making for an extended harvest to start late August. Across the state, 66 percent of sorghum acres were reported in good to excellent condition.
OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma sorghum is 35 percent headed, 3 percent of which is coloring. Producers across the state have received little to no rainfall, but despite that 78 percent of sorghum acres were rated good to excellent this week.
NEW MEXICO – Matt Lansford of Clovis, New Mexico, said the sorghum crop in his area has never looked better. 3 percent of grain sorghum acres are headed to-date and Lansford said he is optimistic for higher yields across the state compared to last year. Many areas across the state have received ample rainfall this week, and 83 percent of sorghum acres are in good to excellent condition.
NEBRASKA – Nebraska sorghum is 20 percent headed. Most areas across the state have received rainfall this week, so soil moisture is good. The sorghum across the state was reported 70 percent good to excellent condition.
SOUTH DAKOTA – South Dakota is 30 percent headed and Jerry Van Zee of Platte, South Dakota, said the sorghum crop is progressing well. Areas across the state have received sporadic rainfall, but Van Zee said producers are hoping for more steady rains in the next couple of weeks. Most farmers should begin harvest in October, and 74 percent of sorghum in the state is rated good to excellent.
DELTA – Illinois is 27 percent headed, 1 percent of which is coloring. Missouri is 25 percent headed. Louisiana is 97 percent headed, 67 percent of which is coloring, and Arkansas is 75 percent headed, 28 percent of which is coloring. Overall, 41 percent of sorghum acres in Illinois, 38 percent of sorghum in Missouri, 80 percent of sorghum acres in Arkansas and 55 percent of sorghum acres in Louisiana were rated in good to excellent condition. John Williams of southern Illinois said they have received timely rain and soil moisture is adequate. Williams predicts harvest in his region will start in late September.
MID-SOUTH – According to Carlton Bridgeforth of Tanner, Alabama, sorghum acres across the mid-south are progressing well. He said soil moisture is adequate, and producers are anticipating more rainfall this week. Harvest should begin in the next couple of months, and Bridgeforth is looking forward to a plentiful harvest.
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Area North of the Canadian River:
$7.23 – $7.85 cwt
Triangle Area from Plainview to Canyon to Farwell:
$7.23 – $7.59 cwt
Area South of a Line from Plainview to Muleshoe:
$7.06 – $7.32 cwt
*Prices are provided by the Agriculture Marketing Service.