According to the USDA, 44 percent of the sorghum crop has been planted out of the top 11 producing states, which is five points behind the five-year average.
Grain sorghum is emerging in southwest Oklahoma, and the crop is 42 percent planted.
Farmers like Cody Goodknight of Chattanooga, Ok. Says the crop got a rough start thanks to this year’s wild weather.
“We’ve had some hard rains, wind and storms this spring,” he said. “It’s about 2 weeks behind. We’re late getting it planted and with cooler temperatures, it’s late getting the crop off to a start.”
Goodknight says the sugar cane aphid has been a problem in the past, but it’s still too early in the season to know if it will impact the crop yet.