Feed sorghum as an alternative silage crop

Stockfarm|June 2020

Feed sorghum as an alternative silage crop
The summer silage season is almost at an end and all that remains are a few hectares of feed sorghum that still need to be ensiled.
Richardt Venter

In many parts of the country the popularity of feed sorghum, sweet sorghum as well as similar crops for feed is increasing each year. When deciding whether to use feed sorghum as your choice of crop, the most relevant question is: Why do I produce silage?

The available options offer a variety of alternatives for use as feed – from early grazing, standing hay and silage to green chop. Keep in mind though that flourishing feed sorghum plants, especially during wilting, pose a greater risk of prussic acid poisoning in the case of standing hay. Hence it must be managed properly.

Maize silage

Maize silage remains one of the best energy sources in the form of starch per hectare, no matter where it is planted. This is because the crop produces high levels of starch, and is a good source of high-quality fiber.

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