Forage Sorghum, Sorghum Sudan, and Sudangrass

Our BMR Forage Sorghums, Sorghum-sudans, and Sudangrass are highly digestible, high yielding summer annual products that top the charts in productivity in hot, dry weather.

Caution: Sudangrass and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are generally safe for most livestock, but should not be fed to horses. They contain compounds that can cause horses to suffer from muscle weakness, urinary problems, and, in severe cases, death. (Source: Penn State Extension) 

Millets, Teff and Crabgrass are summer annual choices, that when managed properly, can be used for horse pasture and/or dry hay. 

BMR Sorghum sudans

Sudangrass

Forage Sorghum

A warm season annual that is an excellent choice for one direct cut systems (like corn silage) on marginal corn ground or after double crops. For haylage and baleage, cut and wilt at boot stage (using an increased seeding rate). Uses 30 to 50% less water than corn and less nitrogen too. BMR trait has improved forage sorghums dramatically, and they are now considered an excellent dairy feed. Energy levels are comparable to corn and protein level is around 10 or 11%. Sugar levels are also very high. Can also be seeded with corn. Call for management info.

Note: Forage sorghum hybrids (and grain sorghum hybrids) should be rotated and not be grown continuously in the same field. Large amounts of mature seed can be shed during harvest, which appear in the field as volunteers the following year. The volunteers that come up are not the original hybrid and can vary greatly in their characteristics. These volunteer plants that originated from the hybrid are no longer a hybrid, some can be taller and earlier-maturing than the original hybrid. As you can imagine, the volunteer crop is potentially a serious problem for harvest and ensiling the intended sorghum crop, in addition to aggravating the problem for future years by adding its own seed to the field. 

Videos

Tracy Neff, King’s Research Agronomist explains sorghum products

Chris Teutch, VA Tech: Using Brachytic Dwarf BMR Forage Sorghums to Bridge the Extremes.

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