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Sugargraze technote

Hybrid overview


Sugargraze - the easy to manage and versatile hybrid. And it’s the best choice for when it’s hard to predict just how much to sow. Sugargraze has a proven track record as a sweet sorghum combining good productivity, excellent sugar levels and versatility. It is ideal for early sowings or even late sowing as it can be utilized at any stage during summer, autumn or early winter as required. Grazing can commence when plants are approaching 1.5m in height, or it can be used at all later stages, even after flowering in late autumn if required.
One of the challenges with forage sorghum can be matching the amount of feed in the paddock with the amount that can be used. In a good season, it’s easy for the feed supply to quickly exceed what can be utilized. But with Sugargraze, even if the crop gets tall and flowers, the sweet stems remain palatable and the crop will still provide useable feed for grazing or it can be chopped for pit/bunker type silage. Sugargraze is not recommended for hay due to its thick stems. If it is to be used for hay, the crop should be cut well before flowering and a mower conditioner is essential to aid stem dry down.

Hybrid attributes

Maturity Late
Type Sweet sorghum
x Sweet sorghum
Attributes Score
Palatibility 8
Digestiblity 8
Speed of regrowth 5
Stalk Sweetness 9
Standability 8
Leaf disease resistance 7
Suitablity to finish cattle 9
Pit silage 9
Round bale silage 2**
Milk production 6
Hay 3**
Sheep 4
Autumn/winter standover feed 9
Quick spring feed 6
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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