Albert Lea Seed - Celebrating 90 Years in the Seed Business

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Sorghums, Millets, & Annual Forages

Albert Lea Seed carries a wide diversity of summer annual forage grasses for grazing, silage, baleage and/or green chopping. All these forage species are tolerant to heat and have excellent yields in the heat of summer when traditional forage grasses go dormant. Sorghum and Sorghum-Sudan hybrids are tall growing, high yielding grasses excellent for baleage or silage. Millets are finer stemmed, have no prussic acid concerns and are suitable for summer dry hay. Rox orange cane adds palatability and sugars to silage mixes. Manage grazing and fertilization of annual forage grasses carefully during drought periods.   

Sorghum-Sudangrass

Viking 100

  • Very vigorous establishment
  • Fast growing, highly productive warm season annual forage variety
  • Depending on harvest maturity, protein can range from 9-14%
  • High sugar content in the stem (10-14%)
  • Best suited for baleage, silage, greenchop or grazing
  • Due to danger of Prussic Acid do not graze or green chop 10 days after a frost or when plant is less than 18''
  • Good drought stress tolerance; very low moisture needs
  • Plant Mid-May to July
  • Seed 15-30 lbs/acre; ½ to 1 inch deep

BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass (Out of Stock)

Viking 200

  • BMR variety with reduced lignin and improved digestibility
  • Research has shown 13% more milk production from BMR varieties
  • Excellent tonnage & much cheaper per acre than corn silage
  • Digestibility improved by 20% over regular Sorghum-Sudangrass
  • Suitable for variable soil types
  • Due to danger of Prussic Acid do not graze or green chop 10 days after a frost or when plant is less than 18''
  • Plant Mid-May to July
  • Seed 15-30 lbs/acre; ½ to 1 inch deep

Photo-Sensitive BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass

Viking 300

  • Will not start to head out until day length is less than 12 hours
  • Very wide window of harvest, excellent forage quality
  • Brown Mid-Rib (BMR) increases digestibility & quality over plain sorghum-sudangrass
  • Good resistance to downy mild and anthracnose
  • Excellent choice for chopping or baleage

Forage Sorghum (Out of Stock)

Viking 400

  • Fast growing, annual, warm season grass
  • Produces tremendous tonnage; grows 8-13' tall
  • Yields can range from 4-11 tons/acre on hot years
  • Best suited for silage, baleage or greenchopping; 
  • Leave 6'' stubble for faster re-growth
  • Due to danger of Prussic Acid do not graze or green chop 10 days after a frost or when plant is less than 18''
  • Plant Mid-May to July
  • Seed 25-30 lbs/acre; ½ to 1 inch deep

Rox Orange Cane (Out of Stock)

  • Also known as sweet sorghum
  • Fast growing, warm-season annual grass
  • Stems are high in sugar content
  • Very good planted with silage corn or crushed to make sorghum syrup
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Thrives in warm, fertile soils
  • Due to danger of Prussic Acid do not graze or green chop 10 days after a frost or when plant is less than 18''
  • Seed 10-20 lbs/acre; 1 inch deep

Piper Sudangrass

  • Rapid growing, annual, warm season forage grass
  • Better forage quality than Sorghum-Sudan but coarser than Japanese Millet
  • Can be used to make dry hay due to finer stems
  • Given enough moisture & fertility sudangrass can grow 4-7' tall 
  • Best suited for haying, grazing, silage, baleage & green chopping
  • Leave 6-8'' of stubble for best re-growth potetial
  • Due to danger of Prussic Acid do not graze or green chop 10 days after a frost or when plant is less than 18''
  • Plant Mid-May to August
  • Seed 20-30 lbs/acre; ½ to 1½  inch deep

Grain Sorghum (Milo)

  • Annual, warm season, upright grass most often raised for grain
  • Thick stalk; moderate to tall height
  • Best suited for forage, game cover & grain
  • Due to danger of Prussic Acid do not graze or green chop 10 days after a frost or when plant is less than 18''
  • Very good drought stress tolerance
  • Plant Mid-May to July
  • Seed 12-20 lbs/acre; ½ to 1 inch deep

Japanese Millet

  • Upright annual grass that grows very quickly on good soils
  • Closely related to barnyard grass
  • Given good moisture and fertility it can be cut 2 to 3 times per season
  • Finer stemmed than Pearl Millet & Sorghums
  • Highest palatability of all annual summer grasses 
  • Suitable for silage, baleage, grazing, dry hay & green chopping
  • Plant Mid-May through July
  • Seed 25-35 lbs/acre; ½ to 1 inch deep

Pearl Millet (Out of Stock)

  • Tall, warm season annual forage grass
  • Better drought tolerance than Foxtail or Japanese Millet
  • Thrives on good soils but can tolerate poorer or nutrient starved soils
  • Provides more tonnage than Japanese Millet but has poorer forage quality
  • Well suited for baleage, silage, grazing, dry hay & green chopping
  • Available as Pearl Millet & BMR Pearl Millet
  • Plant Mid-May through July
  • Seed 15-20 lbs/acre; ½ to 1 inch deep

Foxtail Millet

  • Also known as German Millet or Manta Millet
  • Fast growing annual forage grass
  • Can reach heights of 5'
  • Fast establishing; ready to cut in 60 days
  • Taller & later maturing than Proso Millet
  • Better drought tolerance than Japanese Millet
  • Single-cut forage crop, will not recover after cutting
  • Seed 20-25 lbs/acre; ¾ to 1¼  inch deep

Proso Millet

  • Annual warm season grass most often raised for grain
  • Fast maturing; ready to harvest 70 to 100 days after planting
  • Excellent for use as an emergency grain or forage crop
  • Low water requirements and good drought tolerance
  • Raised frequently in ND
  • Plant Mid-May through July
  • Seed 20-30 lbs/acre; 1 inch deep

Teff Grass

  • Annual, warm season, forage grass
  • Fine leaves; excellent forage quality & palatability
  • Good for dry hay, grazing & green chopping 
  • For optimum forage quality harvest 45-50 days after planting
  • Excellent drought tolerance
  • Leave 3-4'' of stubble following cutting or grazing to allow for re-growth
  • Small seed requires very fine, firm seedbed
  • Plant Mid-May through July
  • Seed 8-12 lbs/acre (coated seed) 3-5 lbs/acre (raw seed); ¼ inch deep