December 2016 Sorghum

There is increasing interest in moving this southern US crop, forage sorghum, into the far north.  Yields have been competitive with many corn varieties; it is flexible enough to fit between the spring harvest and fall planting date of the rapidly increasing acres of winter forage; it is not bothered by deer and corn rootworm pressure; and the seed cost /acre is $15 to $20, not the $83+ /acre for some corns.   We have been conducting research with help from Dr. Ketterings at Cornell, sorghum seed companies, and key help from the New York Farm Viability Institute to determine the true forage potential of this crop in dairy rations and what potential problems there are so farmers can avoid them.  The following is a synopsis of what we had this past season.

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