Planting Begins in Oklahoma and a Southern Update

And we are off!!! Planting in Oklahoma began this week with Matt Braun near Hobart, OK.


Temperatures have been running 7 to 8 degrees above normal and soil temps in some areas have secured the coveted 70 degrees. We remind you to watch your forecast for cold fronts that may drop temperatures significantly or for extended periods.

Here is a look at the forecast that shows temperature to be well above normal during the month of May in Texas and Western Oklahoma. South and east of this areas are also ready to plant.

Extended Planting Window

One of the great things about sesame is the extended planting window in most areas. Midge and most insects that are concerns when planting late for other crops are not an issue with sesame.

Here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, warm (or should we say hot) temperatures allow whitefly to rapidly produce. Whitefly are a concern so, while sesame can be planted almost 1 month later than other area crops, planting should stop now to avoid the risk of whitefly damage.

This sesame was recently planted and emerged. It should be some of the last planted in this area - until late July through September, when we begin again planting the fall crop here in the valley.
This sesame was planted on March 21 and took 30 days to reach 12-14 inces. Now 11 days later it is 23 inches tall. 

It should continue to grow at this rate for a few weeks. 

If any work needs to done in the field there is only about a week left before it is too large to get most standard equipment through the field. 

Growers have been caught wanting to sidedress in fertilizer and not be able to finish if they breakdown.

Possible Yield Buster, Avoiding Wet Feet, & Naturally Avoiding Wildlife Damage


Race is On

Our past high yielding growers have some new competition for the coveted highest yield recognition. 

John Williams' sesame near La Feria, TX is about to begin the rapid growth stage where sesame doubles its height each week for a period of 4 to 5 weeks. 

It is just about to begin putting on buds and the plants look really healthy to support a good crop load. Soon he will be adding the pre-flower irrigation that sets the crop to have an aggressive flowering period.

Common Irrigation Mistake

We hope our first time row irrigated growers get to see this picture while still formulating irrigation plans.

Sesame does respond well to having more water - just not at one time. Very flat fields can stack up water and saturate the soil. Sesame does not like for its feet to be saturated - it dies. Less volume, more frequent applcations when row watering are required. Surge irrigating helps.

These plants should raise their heads back up as long as they can transpire the moisture quickly. However they may not reach the potential they had before saturating.

Naturally avoiding wildlife damage

Sometimes it is very difficult to separate out which crops may generate more margin or provide less risk in a drought year. Very often wildlife such as birds, deer or hogs determine whether you have crop or not. 

Here is evidence of where deer are grazing grain sorghum. Yet 5 feet away, the deer are leaving what should appear to them as a young lush tender food supply untouched. This is another real-time example demonstrating that deer will only eat sesame as a last resort.

As always, please review our latest Producers Guide and find your closest source of planting seed and marketing agreements here.  

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.

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