Forage Sorghum (Sorghum spp.)

  • Good quality grazing
  • Ideal for making hay
  • Excellent to use as silage
  • Widely addapted
  • Positive reaction to N application
    • Standard forage sorghum
    • Needs seasonal rainfall of 500 mm +
    • Good quality grazing (cows can start graze at 75-90 cm, sheep at 50cm)
    • Ideal for making hay – cut before stems get to thick
    • Plant October to December – soil temperature must be16°C and rising
    • 3 to 4 cuts are possible if done at 75-90 cm
    • Widely adapted – does well on sandy-, loam-, and clay soils
    • Does not tolerate waterlogging
    • Positive reaction to N application
    • Do not graze when plants show signs of wilting
    Sowing rate (irrigation)
    20 - 25 kg/ha
    Sowing rate (dryland)
    12.5 - 18 kg/ha
    Annual Summer Grass

    Cool-season grasses produce ample forage in the spring and fall, but high temperatures and short-term drought stress often limit growth during the summer months. Therefore, there is a need for additional grazing, hay or green-chop during midsummer