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To achieve high-yielding grain or forage sorghum, growers need the right equipment and agronomic conditions to get the crop off to the best start. Your Alta Seeds team stands ready to help you reach your sorghum yield goals with expert technical advice to achieve uniform stands and better yields.

What is the optimum planting depth for forage sorghum?

Optimum planting depth of sorghums varies with soil type and moisture conditions, but 1 to 2 inches is generally recommended. Seed should be planted at a depth of 1 inch in fine textured soils and up to 1.75 inches in sandy soil. Slightly deeper planting is sometimes appropriate to reach moisture.

Can I plant forage sorghum and grain sorghum with a drill?

Yes, but please be sure to set the appropriate rate of seeding and make sure that you have the depth set to plant to moisture.

What planting equipment is best for planting forage sorghum or grain sorghum?

Sorghum can be planted with the same equipment as corn. Precision planting equipment is always best. Be sure to use the appropriate plates or cups if necessary.

What cups or plates do I need for my corn planter to accurately plant the forage sorghum or sorghums?

Use a “LOW RATE” sorghum cup or plate. It is very important to plant the appropriate populations to insure crop efficiency and maximize production.