Grain Sorghum from Hougar Farms
Growing and Harvesting Grain Sorghum
Grain Sorghum is planted and harvested like any of our grains; however, there has to be a lot of care taken as to the right time to harvest. Extra moisture during harvest can result in undesirable molds and makes harvest tricky. If we wait to long to harvest grain sorghum it will be too dry and shatter when run through the combine. As with most of farming experience is important, but there are a lot of variables that can make or break a successful harvest year.
5 Grain Sorghum Facts
• Sorghum was introduced to the U.S. in 1757.
• The name sorghum comes from Italian word “sorgo”, which came from Latin “Syricum (granum)” meaning “grain of Syria”.
• Sorghum ranks as the 5th most important cereal grain in the world, after wheat, rice, corn, and barley in both total area planted and production.
• Sorghum grain is higher in protein and lower in fat content than corn.
• Grain sorghum is grown in over 66 countries. The U.S. is the largest grain sorghum producer in the world. In the U.S., 46 percent of the sorghum grown is used for livestock feed.
What is Grain Sorghum used for?
Sorghum is used in the U.S. for animal feed, ethanol production, as a human food and it is also exported.
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