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BMR-Rocket technote

Hybrid overview


BMR Rocket is a fast growing sorghum x sudan forage hybrid, with the added advantage of the BMR trait. The BMR (which stands for brown mid-rib) trait means that the leaves and stems of the plants have a reduced lignin content. The benefit of reduced lignin is the forage will be more palatable, have enhanced digestibility and a higher energy content. The combined effect of higher energy content and increased palatability can result in significantly higher daily energy intake as stock can consume more forage and each kilogram of feed contains more available energy. This multiplier effect results in higher animal productivity. BMR Rocket is a sorghum x sudan hybrid but it performs more like a sudan x sudan in terms of its speed of growth, fine stems, prolific tillering and regrowth. These features make BMR Rocket very well suited for making hay and round bale silage and for grazing with cattle and sheep.

Hybrid attributes

Maturity Quick
Type Brown mid rib
x Sudan
Attributes Score
Palatibility 9
Digestiblity 9
Speed of regrowth 9
Stalk Sweetness 7
Standability 7
Leaf disease resistance 8
Suitablity to finish cattle 9
Pit silage 7
Round bale silage 9
Milk production 9
Hay 9
Sheep 9
Autumn/winter standover feed 5
Quick spring feed 9
Ideal height to
start grazing
Ratings are 1-9
1 = Poor
9 = excellent
** = Not suitable


Planting rates

Sowing rates for soil temps 16°C and rising
Irrigation or
high rainfall
3-5 5-10 15-20

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