Sorghum Biweekly Crop Update - June 24

By: Sydney Nelson, Communications Intern

The latest USDA crop update released June 21, 2016, reported producers had planted 88 percent of this year’s sorghum by week’s end, 7 percentage points ahead of last year and 2 points ahead of the 5-year average. Favorable weather in Colorado and Kansas spurred fieldwork during the week, advancing planting progress 22 percentage points in both states. Heading advanced to 17 percent complete by June 19, slightly ahead of last year but 3 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Overall, 70 percent of the sorghum was reported in good to excellent condition, down slightly from last week but 2 percentage points up from the same time last year.

TEXAS – Ninety percent of grain sorghum in Texas has been planted. Some areas have received over 12 inches of rainfall in the last month, delaying harvest in the southern region of Texas. Danny Beyer of Odem speculates harvest in his area will start by the end of next week and predicts high yields. Mark Wiethorn of McGregor said he is spraying for pigweed and grasshoppers, but is pleased with his crop’s growth.

KANSAS – Kansas is 85 percent complete planting grain sorghum, and Matt Splitter of Lyons said that the recent heavy rainfall and temperatures exceeding 100 degrees are causing soil crusting, but that it has not become a big issue. Lance Russell of Hays said his grain sorghum is emerging, but that it is too soon to tell how it will yield. Temperature and moisture are still at a good level for producers to complete their planting.

OKLAHOMA – In Oklahoma, 79 percent of grain sorghum has been planted. Alan Mindemann of Apache said he is still harvesting wheat, but his sorghum crop is emerging well. Though the sorghum acreage in his area looks to be slightly lower than last year, the crop looks promising.

NEW MEXICO – Planting of grain sorghum is 71 percent complete in New Mexico. Seth Martin of Clovis reported the sorghum in his area has emerged and is looking very favorable. 

NEBRASKA – Nebraska is 98 percent complete planting grain sorghum. Mike Baker of Trenton said the grain sorghum in his area has benefited from a cool, wet spring and is growing well. He anticipates a good harvest.

SOUTH DAKOTA – Ninety percent of the grain sorghum in South Dakota has been planted as of June 19. Jerry Van Zee of Platte reported that the crop has headed and is growing well, despite heavy rainfall and recent warm weather.

ARKANSAS – In Arkansas, 99 percent of grain sorghum has been planted. Larry Earnest of Star City said some of the early planted sorghum has recently headed and the crop looks good to excellent throughout the region.

MID-ATLANTIC – Peter Fleming of Yadkinville, North Carolina, reported grain sorghum in his area is growing well, but is in need of some rain. He also said he is focusing his attention on weed control for now. Bo Norris of Society Hill, South Carolina, reported his crop is looking promising and has good, healthy stands.