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Drought Concerns: Milo & forage sorghum as potential alternatives

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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  1. Gene Schriefer says:

    Sorghum and Sudan grass are in the same family and can be crossed.
    Sorghum × drummondii = sudan grass
    Sorghum bicolor = Forage and grain sorghum
    + Sorghum x Sudan (cross of the two)

    In our environment (cool/wet) – sorghum requires the most heat, sudan grass the least heat. sorghumxsudan is intermediate. they are all water efficient. I would never attempt to make dry hay (nor balage) with sorghum, sudan grass we can get dry, sorghumxsudan “maybe” we can get dry, it makes excellent balage.

    If we have cooler than normal summer temperatures, these species will not have top yields.

    sudan grass and sorghumxsudan have excellent regrowth potential. regrowth on sorghum is not strong, typically consider it a single cut plant. I would only consider grazing sudan or sorghumxsudan. I would not graze sorghum.

    On good ground, corn still wins in terms of yield, on marginal ground, the sorghum family may be worth considering.

    In all of these there are reduced lignin via BMR or WMR traits.

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