Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - June 13

By: Shelby Maresca, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released June 7, 2016, stated producers had planted 58 percent of the nation’s sorghum by week’s end, 6 percentage points ahead of last year but 4 points behind the 5-year average. During this time, Kansas producers maximized approximately five days suitable for fieldwork to plant 19 percent of their crop, bringing the overall total to 33 percent complete.

TEXAS – Eighty-two percent of grain sorghum in Texas has been planted, and harvest in the Rio Grande Valley is underway. Producers across the rest of the state are finishing planting, but because of weather, some planting was delayed or crops had to be replanted. Danny Beyer of Odem, Texas, said the rain in the southern region of Texas may affect the maturity and harvest of the sorghum, but hopes for a high yield.

KANSAS – Kansas is 33 percent complete planting grain sorghum, and Lance Russell of Hays, Kansas, said producers are planting at an excelled rate. The challenge in Russell’s area was that the land was too wet because of the recent rainfall. Soil temperature and moisture are now at a good level for producers to complete their planting.

OKLAHOMA – In Oklahoma, 51 percent of grain sorghum has been planted. Heavy rain in the region caused delays. Alan Mindemann of Apache, Oklahoma, said he is still harvesting wheat, but will be planting double-crop grain sorghum soon after he is finished. He said his sorghum acreage will be the same as in 2015.

NEW MEXICO – New Mexico is 55 percent completed planting grain sorghum. While more than half of the acres have been successfully planted, some New Mexico growers are now picking up planting after seeing enough rain to have sufficient soil moisture. Grain sorghum acres are consistent with last year’s numbers.

NEBRASKA – With 85 percent of grain sorghum in Nebraska already in the ground, some that is already emerging. Mike Baker of Trenton, Nebraska, said they have had eight inches of rain in the past month. He said they were able to work around the dry and wet spells. Overall, the state will average the same acreage as last year.

SOUTH DAKOTA – With 80 percent of the grain sorghum in South Dakota planted, some producers are having to replant because of moisture and wet spots. Jerry Van Zee of Platte, South Dakota, said producers also need to be aware when applying chemicals because of the conditions from the weather.

DELTA – Though 95 percent of the grain sorghum in Arkansas has been planted, Larry Earnest of Star City, Arkansas, said sorghum in his area is behind this year, and some areas are being replanted because of the rains. Sorghum overall is behind because of cooler temperatures and wet weather.