Sorghums & Seed Forages

DH5559

  • Hybrid Grain Sorghum
  • DH5559 is a 55-59 day maturity hybrid with Bronze Grain
  • DH5559 is an excellent yielding Sorghum, with excellent, rapid emergence
  • DH5559 is an excellent choice for SD and Northern Nebraska
  • DH5559 is good for double crop and late planting and has good threshability
  • DH5559 has good drought tolerance for consistent performance, but is very susceptible to Methyl Parathion and growth regulating herbicides

EH4852

  • Hybrid Grain Sorghum
  • The earliest grain hybrid in the Mustang line
  • EH4852 has a good performance in the shorter growing areas of the sorghum belt in the High Plains and can be double-cropped after wheat
  • EH4852 has excellent standability with good drought tolerance
  • Can also be planted later in the southern growing areas and is resistant to Biotype “E” greenbugs

HY6569

  • Hybrid Grain Sorghum
  • HY6569 is a 65-69 day maturity hybrid with Bronze Grain
  • HY 6569 has excellent early growth in cooler soils and has high yield potential
  • This sorghum is widely adaptable from the Great Plains to the Midwest and has good standability and uniformity
  • Easy harvesting and good threshability are also characteristics of HY6569
  • HY6569 is susceptible to Methyl Parathion and growth regulating herbicides

Mustang Graze

  • Mustang Graze is an annual forage plant for silage, grazing, cover crop or green chopping
  • It has excellent early growth and grows very tall
  • The tonnage is extremely high and is very palatable
  • It can be planted either in rows, drilled or broadcast. Seeding should be at 10 to 12 pounds per acre in rows or 20 to 30 pounds per acre broadcast
  • It is very sweet juicy and leafy. The heavier the planting, the finer the stems will be. For pasture uses, a rotating system is suggested. Ideal grazing height is 24 to 36 inches
  • Normal grazing precautions should be observed. Before green chopping the plants should reach a height of 24 to 36 inches
  • Usually Mustang Graze will yield 3 to 6 cuttings depending on planting time, moisture and temperatures. For hay the plants should reach boot stage and ideally be followed by a conditioner after cutting
  • Recommended usage: silage crops where it is not practical to use corn, such as when circumstances require a fast growing crop for late or delayed re-planting
  • Planting should be delayed until the soil is warm enough to germinate seed (60 to 70 degrees)
Characteristics
TypeGrazing Sudangrass Days to Grazing35-45
Soil Temp. To Plant60-70 Days to Silage45-55
RegrowthExcellent Rows Lbs/Acre12
Plant Height2-3 Feet Drilled Lbs/Acres20
Stalk SizeFine

Mustang S-8200BMR

  • Sorghum-sudangrass hybrid with brown midrib
  • S-8200 may be used for direct grazing, hay or haylage
  • This hybrid is completely “Brown Midrib”
  • It has significantly increased digestibility of its stems and leaves
  • This 6-8 feet tall sorghum offers the grower excellent quality and energy for his animals
Characteristics
TypeBMR Sorghum Sudangrass Days to Grazing45-60
Soil Temp. To Plant50-65 Days to Silage50-65
RegrowthVery Good Rows Lbs/Acre15
Plant Height4-9 Feet Drilled Lbs/Acres20
Stalk SizeFine

Mustang S-8500

  • Hybrid pearl millet
  • S-8500 offers excellent grazing and hay potential
  • Fast re-growth after clipping
  • Clipping should be done in the pre-boot stage
  • Under good conditions, hybrid is 5-6 feet tall in the pre-boot
  • Grazing should begin at approx. 25” tall
Characteristics
TypeHybrid Pearl Millet Days to Grazing45-60
Soil Temp. To Plant50-60 Days to Silage60-75
RegrowthGood Rows Lbs/Acre15
Plant Height4-7 Feet Drilled Lbs/Acres20
Stalk SizeFine

Mustang S-8750BMR

  • Cane forage
  • A totally new BMR forage, which is the result of breeding a red top cane and adding the BMR trait
  • This added trait will enhance the tonnage of conventional cane and other hybrids at the same time getting increased palatability, utilization, milk production and weaning weights
  • Grows 8-9 feet tall
  • Recommended usage: grazing, ensilage and hay
Characteristics
TypeBMR Hybrid Forage Sorghum Days to Grazing40-50
Soil Temp. To Plant50-60 Days to Silage55+
RegrowthNone Rows Lbs/Acre12
Plant Height7-9 Feet Drilled Lbs/Acres15
Stalk SizeMedium

When Should Sorghums and Grasses Be Harvested?

Silage: Forage Sorghums should be harvested at the mid dough stage for ensiling. At this point, quality is still good and most types have dried down enough for ensiling.

Hay: Highest yields are obtained when sudangrass and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are harvested at the soft-dough stage. However, curing is difficult and quality is low when harvested this late. The general recommendation is to harvest either type for hay whenever forage is about 30 inches tall. Sorghum-sudangrass hybrids are generally more difficult to make hay because of the larger stems. Crop should be cut 6 inches above the ground to encourage re-growth and two cuttings may be expected.

Green Chop: Sudangrass and sorghum-sudangrass hybrids can be used to provide green chopped forage over summer. Begin chopping after the plant is 18 inches tall or cut at least 10 days after a killing frost to avoid prussic acid concerns. First cutting should be taken prior to heading.

Pasture: Sudangrass and sorghum sudangrass hybrids can be grazed any time after the plant has reached a height of 18 inches, which is usually 5 to 6 weeks after planting. For best results, it should be grazed rotationally with a sufficiently heavy stocking rate to remove forage down to a 6 to 8 inch height in a few days. The pasture will grow rapidly when the cattle are removed for more total tonnage.