Forage Sorghum Hybrid
Forage sorghum hybrids are warm-season, drought-tolerant annual forages. They are most often used in arid climates where summer rainfall is inconsistent or irrigation is tightly regulated. Forage sorghum hybrids are primarily used as one-cut silage crops, and newer hybrids can compete with corn on silage yield. Regrowth is minimal, so using forage sorghum hybrids for grazing is not ideal. Additionally, forage sorghum hybrids are much more affordable to plant and manage than corn, with seeding costs often below $15/acre.
A category of forage sorghum hybrids is called BMR (brown midrib). The BMR trait is a recessive gene that significantly increases digestibility and palatability. While there are numerous types of BMR products that vary in forage quality, the premium BMR hybrids are some of the best forages available, rivaling the quality of corn silage. Some BMR hybrids can be dwarf types (shorter, leafier plants) or male sterile types (does not produce a viable seedhead). Each type has its own advantages. Conventional forage sorghum hybrids provide no advantages over quality BMR hybrids, and establishment price is similar.
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