Sweet As is a high yielding sorghum X sorghum hybrid that has high sugar levels. These levels make it very palatable and enhance its energy value. Sweet As can be grazed, or used as cut and carry, and also silage. A high leaf to stem ration with juicy sweet stalks enhances the desirability of this excellent forage product.
Sorghum is best suited to fertile soils. Ensure potassium levels are adequate in acidic soils. Do not exceed 110kg/ha of nitrogen. An independent soil test is advised before sowing.
Avoid grazing or cutting sorghum below 15cm plant height. First grazing or cutting should be conducted at approximately 1 meter to increase plant productivity. Be aware of the risk of prussic acid (HCN) poisoning with forage sorghum’s. Risk is greatest when crops are <60cm high or are moisture stressed or frosted. Cut or graze when 60–120cm high to maintain best quality.
Sow seeds shallow into adequately moistened soil.
- Standability – Very Good
- Palatability – Excellent
- Digestibility – Excellent
- Seedling Vigor – Very Good
- Intensive Grazing – Good
- Range grazing – Good
- Hay production – Fair
- Brix level – sweetness – High
- Silage – Excellent
- Planting – soil temp – 15° Minimum
- Plant population – Dryland – 120-160,000
- Plant population – Irrigation – 200,000
- Seed size – 30,000/kg approx