Our BMR Forage Sorghums, Sorghum-sudans, and Sudangrass are highly digestible, high yielding summer annual products that top the charts in productivity in hot, dry weather.
Caution: Sudangrass and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are generally safe for most livestock, but should not be fed to horses. They contain compounds that can cause horses to suffer from muscle weakness, urinary problems, and, in severe cases, death. (Source: Penn State Extension)
Millets, Teff and Crabgrass are summer annual choices, that when managed properly, can be used for horse pasture and/or dry hay.
BMR Sorghum sudans
A Gene 6 hybrid with improved disease resistance and better regrowth. We have observed occasional fields of other hybrids where regrowth (fusarium) was a problem due to disease pressure, and this was 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.
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.
This new exclusive KingFisher hybrid is very quick growing and high yielding with a dry stalk for ease of drydown. Stems are finer and sweeter than many sorghum-sudans. The higher leaf to stem ratio ensures quality grazing or feed. Digestibility of this hybrid is increased due to the reduction in lignin from the BMR trait, increasing daily gains or milk production significantly. Recommended seeding rate: 40-50 lbs/A.
A sorghum-sudan with fast regrowth and a high leaf to stem ratio. As a BMR, reduced lignin leads to higher digestibility. Dry stalk for ease of drydown. This hybrid is best utilized for rotational grazing or 1-4 cuttings, allowing you to produce the maximum amount of quality forage per acre. This hybrid is more economical to plant, grows off better and produces more tonnage. The root system is also quite extensive. Recommended seeding rate: 40-50 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.
Also available in Certified Organic.
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.
Note: Forage sorghum hybrids (and grain sorghum hybrids) should be rotated and not be grown continuously in the same field. Large amounts of mature seed can be shed during harvest, which appear in the field as volunteers the following year. The volunteers that come up are not the original hybrid and can vary greatly in their characteristics. These volunteer plants that originated from the hybrid are no longer a hybrid, some can be taller and earlier-maturing than the original hybrid. As you can imagine, the volunteer crop is potentially a serious problem for harvest and ensiling the intended sorghum crop, in addition to aggravating the problem for future years by adding its own seed to the field.
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.
Also available in Certified Organic.
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 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.
Recommended seeding rate: 80-100k/A. 110-115 days to soft dough direct harvest.
A dwarf non-BMR forage sorghum with a high yield and good standability. Excellent for dry cows, heifers, beef production.
Recommended seeding rate: 100-120k/A.
KF Fiber-Pro 70 FS is a newly developed brachytic dwarf BMR 6 forage sorghum. Superior standability and reduced lignin for better feed value. Good disease package. It will be in the soft dough stage at approximately 110-115 days. KF FiberPro 70 FS makes excellent tonnage (up to 25 tons) by producing more leaves, thicker stalks and wider leaves while maintaining a reasonable height that will stand. This hybrid needs to be planted in the late spring or early summer to reach full maturity (soft dough stage). Recommended seeding rate: 80-100K/A.
Silo Pro Forage Sorghum
Silo Pro is a newly developed brachytic dwarf BMR 6 forage sorghum. This hybrid will not get taller than 6-7 feet, which gives it superior standability. The BMR trait indicates reduced lignin, which will increase the NDFD and IVTD. It has large leaves and creates a canopy ideal for suppressing weed pressure and evaporation. It will be in the soft dough stage at approximately 110 -115 days. Recommended seeding rate: 80-100K/A.