Forage Sorghum
Sorghum spp.
Click on the cultivar name below for product characteristics COMPARISON CHART
Image Cultivar Type Production period Morphological description Crop strengths Feeding value Production potential Crop uses Soil requirement Establishment
BMR Sub-tropical, Sudan grass (BMR gene) Annual, Summer

Vigorous growth, erect, 2 – 3 m tall

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0cm wide

Oval to round seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 30 000 – 40 000 seeds/kg

Fast and easy to establish

Low lignin, high digestibility, sweet stems

Excellent stability

Crude protein: 12 – 18 %

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 15 t/ha/annum Grazing, excellent for dairy production, silage, green chop & winter stand-over

Widely adapted to most soil types, prefers heavy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – January

Seeding rate of 5 - 10 kg/ha dryland and 12.5 - 25 kg/ha irrigated


BMR 301 Sub-tropical, Sorghum x Sudan grass (BMR gene) Annual, Summer

Vigorous growth, erect, 2 – 3 m tall

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0 cm wide

Oval to round seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 30 000 - 40 000 seeds/kg

Good re-growth potential, highly productive, improved livestock utilization

Late flowering, high digestibility, low lignin ideal stand-over forage in winter

Crude protein: 12 – 18 %

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 15 t/ha/annum Grazing, excellent for dairy production, silage, green chop & winter stand-over

Widely adapted to most soil types, performs best on heavy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – January

Seeding rate of 5 – 10 kg/ha dryland and 15 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


Jumbo Sub-tropical, Sorghum x sudan grass Annual, Summer

Vigorous growth, erect, coarse stems, 2.5 – 3.5 m tall

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0 cm wide

Oval to round seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 30 000 - 50 000 seeds/kg

Excellent re-growth potential, highly productive

Adapted to dryland and irrigated situations

Excellent for soil fumigation

Crude protein: 12 – 18 %

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 20 t/ha/annum Grazing, silage & rotational crop

Widely adapted to most soil types, prefers heavy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5; do not tolerate low pH

Plant during October – January

Seeding rate of 5 – 10 kg/ha dryland and 15 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


K2 Sudan Sub-tropical, Sudan grass x Sudan grass (BMR gene) Annual, Summer

Vigorous growth, erect, thin stems, 1.5 – 2.5 m tall

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0cm wide

Oval to kidney shaped seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 30 000 – 50 000 seeds/kg

Highly productive with fast re-growth potential

Excellent leaf to stem ratio and easy to manage

Low prussic acid levels

Long production season

Crude protein: 12 – 18 %

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 15 t/ha/annum Grazing & hay

Widely adapted to most soil types

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – January

Seeding rate of 5 – 12.5 kg/ha dryland and 12.5 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


Nutritop Plus Sub-tropical, Sweet sorghum x Sudan grass (BMR gene) Annual, Summer

Vigorous growth, erect, 2.5 – 3.5 m tall

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0cm wide

Oval to round shaped seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 30 000 – 50 000 seeds/kg

Extremely productive and fast regrowth potential

Highly palatable, can be used for stand-over forage in winter

Crude protein: 12 – 18 %

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 20 t/ha/annum Grazing, hay & silage

Widely adapted to most soil types, prefers loam to clay soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – January

Seeding rate of 5 – 10 kg/ha dryland and 18 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


PAC 8288 Sub-tropical, Sudan grass x Sudan grass Annual, Summer

Vigorous growth, erect, medium stems, 2.5 – 3 m tall

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0 cm wide

Oval to round seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 30 000 – 50 000 seeds/kg

Excellent re-growth potential, highly productive

Excellent leaf to stem ratio

Low prussic acid levels

Crude protein: 12 – 18%

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 15 t/ha/annum Grazing & green chop

Widely adapted to most soil types, prefers heavy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – January

Seeding rate of 5 – 10 kg/ha dryland and 12.5 – 25 kg/ha irrigated


Sentop Sub-tropical, Sorghum x Sudan grass Annual, Summer

Vigorously-growing, erect with branched tillers, 2 – 3 m tall

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0 mm wide

Oval to round seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 30 000 – 50 000 seeds/kg

Good re-growth potential

Adapted to dryland and irrigated situations

Crude protein: 12 – 18 %

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 15 t/ha/annum Grazing & silage

Widely adapted to most soil types

Do not tolerate low pH

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – January

Seeding rate of 12.5 – 25 kgha dryland and 25 – 37.5 kg/ha irrigated


Sugargraze Sub-tropical, Sweet Sorghum x Sweet Sorghum Annual, Summer

Vigorous growth, erect, 2 – 3.5 m tall

Thick stems

Leaf blade is long; serrated margins; prominent midrib; smooth and covered with a waxy coating; 2.5 – 4.0 cm wide

Oval to round seeds; white, yellow, red or brown; 25 000 – 35 000 seeds/kg

Excellent stand-over forage in winter

Palatable, high sugar content

Excellent silage crop

Crude protein: 12 – 18 %

Digestibility: 56 – 64 %

Dry matter production: 5 - 20 t/ha/annum Silage, winter stand-over & can be grazed

Widely adapted to most soil types, prefers heavy soils

pH range of 5.5 – 7.5

Plant during October – January

Plant on fine, well prepared seed bed with sufficient subsoil moisture

Seeding rate of 5 – 10 kg/ha dryland and 8 – 25 kg/ha irrigated