– Prussic acid free. Safe for horses. Better on lighter soils and tolerates lower pH soils.Excellent forage quality similar to BMR sorghum-sudan.
BMR Sorghum Sudans
Cut & Wilt or Grazing
The following varieties all are brown mid rib (BMR) varieties with reduced lignin content resulting in increased animal performance.
- AS 6201 BMR
– Fast starting, with a shorter harvest window
– Best regrowth & cold tolerance
– Shorter leafy plant. Good regrowth
– Best drought tolerance and quality
AS9301, AS 9302 (Dwarf)
One direct cut
Masters choice corn
- AF7101 Early Maturity Forage Sorghum
AF7201 Forage Sorghum
- AF7202 Mid Season Dwarf Forage Sorghum
AF7401 Full Season Dwarf Forage Sorghum
stressed crop receives rainfall.
Tracy Neff, King’s Research Agronomist explains sorghum products
Chris Teutch, VA Tech: Using Brachytic Dwarf BMR Forage Sorghums to Bridge the Extremes.
BMR Sorghum sudans
A Gene 6 BMR that is easy to manage, fast-starting, economically priced, with exceptional drought tolerance. It has excellent regrowth, making it ideal for multiple high-quality cuts. Recommended seeding rate: 50-70 lbs/A.
A Gene 6 hybrid with improved disease resistance and better regrowth. We have observed occasional fields of other hybrids where regrowth due to disease pressure (fusarium) was a problem: amplified by cutting when soil conditions are moist and humidity is high. AS6401 has been developed with disease resistant tropical parentage and our observations have been very positive. Its resistance usually manifests when cutting while soil conditions are moist and humidity is high. Recommended seeding rate: 50-70 lbs/A.
This gene 6 BMR has a much different growth habit then our other hybrids. 6402 is a brachytic dwarf, meaning it has many wide leaves packed on a short stalk that only gets 5 to 6 ft tall. Yield, however, is very similar to AF7401 tall hybrids. A winner for grazing but also very good for machine harvest. A gene 6 BMR dwarf forage sorghum with superior standability cut as well. It retains its quality very well if harvest is delayed. Recommended seeding rate: 40-60 lbs/A.
A photoperiod sensitive hybrid, 6501 contains both gene 6 BMR and delayed maturity. Forage quality will remain high even if the crop gets taller than recommended cutting height because the crop remains vegetative. AS6501 has the best drought tolerance of our entire sorghum sudan line up, as well as improved disease tolerance. Recommended seeding rate: 50-60 lbs/A.
A low-cost non-BMR sorghum-sudan. Best for cover crop usage. Replaces Quick Cover. Recommended seeding rate: 60-70 lbs/A.
A very exciting new Gene 6 sudangrass that has get up and go and extreme quality. AS9301 dries easier than sorghum sudangrass, which makes it possible to dry for hay. Excellent for grazing, baleage and dry hay. Recommended seeding rate: 25-30 lbs/A.
A newer dwarf version of AS 9301. Stout stalks for excellent standability. Excellent for dry hay and rotational grazing. Exceptional regrowth and BMR 6 for high digestibility. Tolerates shorter cuttings. Recommended seeding rate: 25-30 lbs/A.
This BMR is a gene 12, not a gene 6 BMR and does not have a very dark mid rib. Hayking has excellent yields, but its fiber digestibility is lower than AS9301. Fiber digestibility and animal performance is, however, much better than non BMR hybrids. Recommended seeding rate: 25-30 lbs/A.
Forage sorghum (One cut – cut at wilt at boot stage or direct cut at soft dough)
A warm season annual that is an excellent choice for one direct cut systems (like corn silage) on marginal corn ground or after double crops. Uses 30 to 50% less water than corn and less nitrogen too. BMR trait has improved forage sorghums dramatically, and they are now considered an excellent dairy feed. Energy levels are comparable to corn and protein level is around 10 or 11%. Sugar levels are also very high. Can also be seeded with corn. Call for management info.
An early season gene 6 BMR forage sorghum with good standability and drydown. It is a little earlier than AF 7201 in maturity, but with similar plant height. Very sweet stands and good for boot or soft dough harvest.
Direct harvest: seed at 80k/A. 82-85 days to soft dough stage.
Cut and wilt harvest: seed at 25 lbs/A with a drill. 50-60 days to boot stage.
Earliest BMR-6 brachytic dwarf forage sorghum. It has excellent standability. Great for silage and a double-crop option.
Recommended seeding rate: 80-90k/A. 85-89 days to soft dough direct harvest.
A shorter season gene 6 BMR forage sorghum that has very good standability and drydown. Very sweet stalks. A good choice for seeding with corn.
Direct harvest: seed at 80k/A. 90-95 days to soft dough stage.
Cut and wilt harvest: seed at 25 lbs/A with a drill. 55-65 days to boot stage.
A medium season forage sorghum. Being a gene 6 BMR brachytic dwarf it has the potential for high yield and excellent quality without lodging. This hybrid has the potential for much tillering, so it can be a good choice for organic growing conditions to form a thick canopy in situations where weeds may be a problem. Target a soft dough harvest cutting at 90 to 95 days after emergence. Good crop for double cropping in the south.
Recommended seeding rate: 80-90k/A. 90-95 days to soft dough direct harvest.
A gene 6 BMR dwarf forage sorghum with superior standability and great nutrition. This hybrid is a full season product and is best used south of the Mason-Dixon line. 110-115 days to soft dough direct harvest.
Recommended seeding rate: 80-100k/A.
A dwarf non-BMR forage sorghum with a high stand yield. Excellent for dry cows, heifers, beef production.
Recommended seeding rate: 100-120k/A.
Brassicas are used to extend the grazing season into late fall or early winter, or to provide very high quality summer or fall grazing. Brassicas will not lignify in hot weather, resulting in very high quality feed. They can be seeded in a mix with millet or sorghum sudan. The seeding rate is very low and cows will pick up in milk. Sometimes cattle won’t eat it the first day or two. Introduce them slowly and make sure adequate effective fiber is being fed, as brassicas are low in fiber. Typical forage analysis: 25% protein, 215 RFV.
Recommended seeding rate: 4-5 lbs/A.
Mojo is Barenbrug USA’s new Yellow Jacket®Coated, improved crabgrass that thrives during the hot dry months. Crabgrass is a high quality, high yielding summer annual forage that is excellent for grazing and haying. This variety of crabgrass produces a highly digestible forage (up to 73% NDFd) and high crude protein content (25-30% early season; 15-20% mid-summer; 10% late season). Areas of adaption extend from Nebraska, south and east to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts.
EXCEED BMR HYBRID PEARL MILLET
This BMR hybrid millet produces excellent forage for superior animal performance, enhanced rates of gain and milk yields per pound of forage produced. Exceed has a dwarfing gene, which improves leaf to stem ratios, standability, and adaptation to heavier grazing pressure. The BMR gene technology improves digestibility and feed intake. It grows rapidly, is disease resistant and tolerant of drought stress, has extensive tillering capacity, and is flexible in various soil pH ranges. Regrowth and traffic tolerance is superior. No prussic acid danger. Lower moisture and faster drydown than sudangrass. Can be used to grazing, hay, or silage.
Recommended seeding rate: 15-20 lbs/A
This is a warm season annual, similar to sorghum sudans, with no prussic acid danger. Dry matter production is 20 percent less than sorghum sudans, but it has better digestibility and protein. Non-BMR Millet has smaller seeds, thus a lower seeding rate.
It needs a soil temperature of 65 degrees F or more to germinate, and growth slows down when cool weather comes (September). Frost kills it, but it can still be grazed with no fear of prussic acid. Will tolerate wetter years better than Sudan.
It needs good seed-to-soil contact and it’s not as competitive with existing grass as sorghum sudans. Like sorghum sudans, it can use lots of nitrogen.
Wonderleaf will grow a little bushier and not as tall as Sudan. Start grazing at 12 inches, but make sure the roots are not being pulled up. It should not be allowed to grow taller than 3 feet (or it will lose palatability), nor grazed lower than 6 inches.
Recommended seeding rate: 10-20 lbs/A
Summer Feast Mixture
This summer annual mix will give your herd or flock lots of summer feasting. A mix of Wonderleaf Millet and forage brassica. As with millet there is no worry about prussic acid. Recommended seeding rate: 15 to 20 lbs/A.
Teff (Dry hay)
A very small seeded warm season grass that has fine leaves and stems. This product is native to northern Africa (Ethiopia) and tolerates many soil conditions. Will make very palatable dry hay that livestock and horses love. Also good for grazing after 1st cutting. We were very pleased with its performance in 2007 in regard to yield, drydown, standability and quality.
Because this is a relatively new crop, we are still learning about its management. Many customers have had excellent performance even in severe drought. However, many also had stand establishment problems, which were also evident one of our test plots. From the successes and failures we have learned the following:
- Seed after soil has warmed over 60° F
- Weeds must be controlled prior to seeding
- Soil must be very firm prior to seeding. A cultipacker seeder (with all cracks taped up and the seeder practically closed) works well, but soil must be very firm prior to using the seeder.
- Seed very shallow (surface seeding is better than too deep). If using a drill, just scratch the seed in.
- Broadleaf weeds may need to be controlled with 2,4-D after the teff is established (3 or more leaves per plant)
- Thickening thin alfalfa stands has had good success for making dry hay in the summer months. Works best on late 1st cuttings and 2nd cuttings. Grass and annual weeds must be controlled prior to seeding.
Good teff for dry hay. Seed in a shallow, firm seedbed after soils warm to 60 degrees and rising. Recommended seeding rate: 4-6 lbs/A.
Moxie – New!
A new teff from Barenbrug that is coated with Yellow Jacket. The coating improves the flowability in the seed drill and helps keep moisture close to the seed. Recommended seeding rate: 5-8 lbs/A.