Grain Sorghum

— Written By Gary Cross
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Grain Sorghum has been grown in North Carolina for more than a few years. Grain Sorghum can be grown in North Carolina both the early and late types. Also food grade types can be grown here the same as feed grade types. Grain Sorghum can be grown as a double crop after wheat with a short maturing variety. Also Grain Sorghum can be cut as a hay or silage. In very dry years if cutting for silage may want to have the crop tested for nitrates. Observations I have made in the plots I have had is that the number one pest is Sugar Cane Aphids and plots planted this year with both early and late varieties had the aphids bad. The early maturing varieties had the aphids worse due to physiological process for maximum sugar taking place before later maturing varieties. Sorghum in pricing is around 80% of what corn price is but lately that has not been the case in North Carolina we are grain short that helps sorghum prices here. For more information call the N.C. Cooperative Extension of Person County office at 336-599-1195.