Forage Production

Forage Sorghum

Warm-season annual grasses, specifically forage sorghums, have the potential to produce large amounts of nutritious forage during summer months and their inherent versatility allows them to fit into many different types of cropping or livestock operations. Sorghums may be particularly useful in regions with high concentrations of beef and dairy cattle. They fit well into dryland and limited irrigation situations because of their tolerance to drought. It may be in these systems that sorghum has the greatest potential. If managed properly, forage sorghums make excellent hay for supplemental feeding during times of inadequate forage production. Perhaps the greatest advantage of forage sorghums is the diversity of management options that the grower can choose from in order to match production needs. Depending on which species and variety selected, sorghums may be used for grazing pasture, hay production, silage and green chop.

Additional Resources: Grazing and Hay Production

Management Guides

Proper management practices proven in test plots and fields can help producers achieve more tonnage and more net profit. The Sorghum Checkoff has compiled this information into easy reference production guides by growing region.

Eastern Forage Production Guide

Welcome to the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s East Forage…

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Western Forage Production Guide

Welcome to the United Sorghum Checkoff Program’s Western…

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Forage Sorghum Variety Trials

The Sorghum Checkoff worked with researchers at New Mexico…

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