Sorghum

Sorghum bicolor


Watering
Intermediate

Cultivation
direct seeding

Harvesting
100 - 105 days

Labour
Intermediate

Sunlight
full sun

pH Value
5.5 - 8.5

Temperature
15°C - 40°C

Fertilization
Intermediate


Sorghum

Introduction

The grass species Sorghum bicolor was originally cultivated in Africa and is now grown in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Main uses of the grain are food, animal fodder, and biofuel production. Sorghum plays an important role as staple crop and is usually grown annualy, even though some perennial cultivars exist.

Advisory

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Preparing Your Season

The benefits of biofertilizers
Apply farmyard manure during field preparation

Care

Care

Fields should be ploughed before sowing to reduce weed and pest intensity. Soil tillage also increases the seed germination rate, improves the soil structure and prevents erosion. Sorghum is sensitive to frost so the sowing should happen after the last frost. Furthermore, the seeds need a certain degree of moisture to germinate. Drought events during planting can decrease the germination rate.

Soil

The robust staple crop Sorghum is mainly grown on shallow soils with high clay content but can also survive on more sandy soils. It can tolerate a wide range of pH levels and also thrives on alkaline soils. The plant can withstand waterlogging and drought to a certain degree but grows best on well drained soils.

Climate

Sorghum grows best in warm regions with daytime temperatures around 27 to 30 °C. The crop can withstand drought in a dormant state if its roots are developed well enough and resume growth once the conditions are favorable again. In tropical and subtropical regions Sorghum can be grown in elevations up to 2300 m. Water requirements differ depending on the cultivar but are generally lower than for maize.

Probable Diseases

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Sorghum

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Introduction

The grass species Sorghum bicolor was originally cultivated in Africa and is now grown in tropical and subtropical regions around the world. Main uses of the grain are food, animal fodder, and biofuel production. Sorghum plays an important role as staple crop and is usually grown annualy, even though some perennial cultivars exist.

Key Facts

Watering
Intermediate

Cultivation
direct seeding

Harvesting
100 - 105 days

Labour
Intermediate

Sunlight
full sun

pH Value
5.5 - 8.5

Temperature
15°C - 40°C

Fertilization
Intermediate

Sorghum

Sorghum

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Advisory

Choose your growth stage to browse useful tips!

Preparing Your Season

The benefits of biofertilizers
Apply farmyard manure during field preparation

Care

Care

Fields should be ploughed before sowing to reduce weed and pest intensity. Soil tillage also increases the seed germination rate, improves the soil structure and prevents erosion. Sorghum is sensitive to frost so the sowing should happen after the last frost. Furthermore, the seeds need a certain degree of moisture to germinate. Drought events during planting can decrease the germination rate.

Soil

The robust staple crop Sorghum is mainly grown on shallow soils with high clay content but can also survive on more sandy soils. It can tolerate a wide range of pH levels and also thrives on alkaline soils. The plant can withstand waterlogging and drought to a certain degree but grows best on well drained soils.

Climate

Sorghum grows best in warm regions with daytime temperatures around 27 to 30 °C. The crop can withstand drought in a dormant state if its roots are developed well enough and resume growth once the conditions are favorable again. In tropical and subtropical regions Sorghum can be grown in elevations up to 2300 m. Water requirements differ depending on the cultivar but are generally lower than for maize.

Probable Diseases

Select a growth stage to see the diseases that threaten your crop during that period.