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Seeds - Sorghums (Warm Season Annuals) and Resources

These warm season annuals can produce much forage in a short period of time for the summer months. Their productivity thrives in heat, moisture, and fertility. This is a low- cost crop that can be grazed or used for silage or balage.

Sorghum Sundangrass
Sorghum sudangrass is useful as a part of a double crop program, to thicken alfalfa fields that are thinning, or to rotate out weak or undesirable pasture. Seed only after soils have warmed above 60°F and are predicted to stay above 60° (around June 1). Caution: Do not graze sorghum or sudangrass crops prior to recommended heights or after frost because they might contain prussic acid.

Millet
Millet is a small-seeded cereal crop used for food and fodder. Because it has small seeds, it has a lower seeding rate. It is similar to sorghum sudangrass, but has no prussic acid. A warm season annual, growth slows down in September when cool weather arrives.

Sudangrass
Sudangrass is an erect annual grass that produces large amounts of dry matter if planted in the summer well before the first frost. It grows from 4-7 feet tall and has ½ inch wide leaves. Its smaller stems give it excellent drying characteristics for haymaking. Sudangrass can be harvested as pasture, green chop, hay, or silage. Caution: Do not graze sorghum or sudangrass crops prior to recommended heights or after frost because they might contain prussic acid.

Teff
Teff is a relatively new crop that is native to Ethiopia and tolerates many soil conditions. It is a very small-seeded, warm-season grass that has fine leaves and stems. Good for grazing after first cutting. Horses and livestock love its very palatable dry hay. Weed pressure must be controlled prior to planting and after teff is established. There is ongoing refinement of this new crop’s management.

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