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Forage Sorghum (Sudan Grass)


Forage sorghums are often combined with corn for silage production on lighter soils. The seed is usually mixed with seed corn at the planter box at a rate of 2.5 lbs per acre. The tall plant height (7-9+ feet) has high forage yield potential, especially in drought conditions.

  • Produce best in hot summer conditions, need hot summer temperatures to reach optimum yields.
  • Best suited for well drained, fertile soils
  • One cut system

PRECAUTIONS need to be taken against prussic acid poisoning when harvested too early after a frost. If harvested after frost and put in silo, bag or bunker, allow two weeks before feeding to lower prussic acid levels in feed.

Sterile (no seed head) plant with very good seedling vigor, high stalk sugars, tremendous tillering capacity; only a one cut system.


Disclaimer: These are general guide and descriptions about these forages and grasses. Performance could be different in different growing regions. Kussmaul Seed Co. makes no guarantees that everyone will see the same results.


Regrowth Potential Good
Legume Compatibility Poor
Winterhardiness N/A
Ease of Establishment Excellent
Drought Tolerance Excellent
Flooding Tolerance Fair
Persistance N/A

Seeding Rate
Alone: 20.25 lbs./acre
With corn: 2.5 lbs./acre

Seeding Depth
1"-1.5" deep in well prepared, firm seedbed

Soil Types
Well drained, fertile soils; pH 5.8-7.5.

Apply 60-100 units of nitrogen/acre at seeding to reach maximum production.

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