Forage Sorghum

Species: Forage sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench.]
Cultivars: Numerous
Origin: Africa
Use: Silage
Description:
General:
Life Span:
6-10 feet tall, erect.
Annual
Adaptation:
pH:
Soil:
Rainfall:
Temperature:
6.0-7.0
Sandy-loam, clay-loam.
18-60 Inches.
47º F (minimum).
Management:
Seeding Rate:
Planting Date:
Planting Depth:
Seed Cost:
Season of Use:
Production:
General:
10-15 lb/A
Soil temp >60Fº (April)
0.5-1.0 inch
$10-15/A
July-August
15-30 tons/A (silage 35% DM)
Usually requires 1/3 less water than corn.
May cause nitrate poisoning and prussic acid poisoning.
Notes:
  • BMR sorghums are new cultivars contain BMR (brown midrib) gene that reduces lignin and increases TDN (total digestible nutrients).
  • New photoperiod sensitive cultivars will not flower until day length reaches 12 hours and 23 minutes.

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