Let´s grow with the challenge - grain sorghum opens up a new era in modern agriculture
Usage of grain sorghum
Grain sorghum is the fifth most important cereal in the world, with a nutritional profile similar to corn. Grain sorghum is used in Europe mainly for animal feeding. In other corners of the world sorghum is known for its versatility – human nutrition, producing of syrups, ethanol, silage or hay for feeding.
Benefits of grain sorghum
Sorghum is naturally drought and heat tolerant.
Sorghum has got low nitrogen, pesticide and water requirements.
Grain Sorghum is a good alternative in animal and human nutrition.
With it's drought and heat tolerance, Sorghum is naturally able to support farmers due to upcoming challenges posed by climate change.
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It stops growing during drought conditions and will only continue to grow again after receiving water.
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It has lower nitrogen requirements in comparison to other crops and a reduced need for pesticides and water. No-till technology can be used in cultivating sorghum.
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It can replace other feed by 40–100% without affecting daily weight gain.
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In human food alone, sorghum can be used for semolina, flour, syrups, beer, popped sorghum and confectionery. In addition to the grain, the forage can be used as hay, silage and fresh feed for animals.
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Sorghum’s stay-green trait can increase yields by up to 20% in drought conditions.
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This characteristic makes sorghum extremely flexible. By choosing the right variety, it is possible to use sorghum as a second crop, which can help against soil and wind erosion during hot summers. And also, of course, this increases the income of the farmer.
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This wax develops during conditions of stress and helps the plant slow down respiration and photosynthesis. The wax also protects the stem and leaves from direct sunlight.
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Sorghum is mainly used as a human foodstuff in climates which do not allow for the production of other cereals. In some African countries, annual consumption is 100kg of sorghum per person.
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This can help with breaking up of crop rotation and controlling Diabrotica, while still delivering very good yields.
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Sowing data Grain Sorghum 2019
Grain Sorghum has been a staple food in Africa and Asia for centuries. It is already hailed in the USA and now it also conquers the acreages in Europe, where there is a high demand for high yield, economic and sustainable crops.
Map based on United States Department of Agriculture in “1000ha”