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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.   

Viking 100 Sorghum-Sudangrass

  • Very vigorous establishment
  • Fast growing, highly productive warm season annual forage variety
  • Higher protein content than other varieties
  • 8-10 feet tall with excellent standability
  • Delayed maturity for wider harvest window
  • 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''
  • Plant Mid-May to July
  • Seed 15-30 lbs/acre; ½ to 1 inch deep

Viking 200 BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass

  • 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
  • Quick growing, 40-50 days from planting to first cutting
  • Dry stalk with fine stems for quick drydown
  • 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

Viking 400 BMR Forage Sorghum

BMR 6 Gene

  • Fast growing, annual, warm season BMR 6 Forage Sorghum
  • BMR reduces lingnin and enhances feed quality, digestibility and palatability
  • Sweet sorghum type (can reach 18-21% soluble sugar content at heading)
  • Produces tremendous tonnage; grows 7-8' tall
  • Yields 18-25 tons/acre at 65% DM
  • Best suited for silage, baleage, hay or greenchopping; use highest planting rate for hay
  • Will head out but will not produce viable seed
  • 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

  • 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

Open Pollinated Grain Sorghum (Milo)

Later Maturing Wildlife Stand

  • Annual, warm season, upright grass most often raised for grain
  • Thick stalk; varying height
  • Later maturing
  • 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

German-Type Foxtail Millet*

Single Cut & Drought Tolerance

  • 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

Hybrid Pearl Millet*


  • 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

Best Use: Hay, pasture, and silage. Most frequently used in beef cow/calf and dairy operations.

Adaptation: Likes good ground but can produce under low rainfall and low soil fertility.

Management: Leave 6”of stubble for faster recovery after cutting or grazing.

Planting Date: Mid-May – early July (soil 62°F+)

Seeding: 12-20 lbs/acre, ½”-1”deep.

Proso Millet*

Low Input, Warm-Season Forage

  • 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
  • Coated with Apex Green

Viking 300 Photo-Sensitive BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass

  • 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

Exceed BMR Hybrid Pearl Millet*

  • Brown Mid-Rib (BMR) gene for improved feed intake, higher digestibility and more milk or beef per acre
  • Dwarfing gene for increased leaf to stem ratio and standability
  • Excellent drought tolerance and disease resistance
  • Suitable for hay, grazing or silage
  • Adaptable for all soil types but prefers better soils
  • Seed 12-20 lbs/acre

Viking 401 BMR Forage Sorghum (Out of Stock)

Brown Mid-Rib for High Energy Grass

  • Medium-early maturity, sterile, hybrid forage sorghums with the BMR 6 trait
  • Sweet sorgo type that can reach 18-21% soluble sugar content at early heading stage
  • Yields from 18-25 tons at 65% DM
  • Reduced lignin trait can equal the production of corn
  • 7 to 8 feet tall with stalks and leaves similar in size to corn; will head out but not produce seed

Viking 220 BMR Sorghum-Sudangrass

Whole-Plant Digestibility

  • BMR (Gene 12)
  • Excellent palatability and flexibility for direct grazing or hay
  • Slightly broader leaves and larger stems
  • High daily weight gains for meat animals and high milk productivity

Surpass BMR Brachytic Dwarf Sorghum-Sudangrass (Out of Stock)

Quality Forage with Standability

  • BMR (Gene 6)
  • Brachytic dwarfing genes improve quality and standability
  • Shortened internode length; very high leaf-to-stem ratio
  • Shorter than other hybrids but produces equal or higher total tonnage with up to 50% more leaves
  • High sugar content to improve palatability and feed intake
  • Superior regrowth for quicker harvests

Wilder Game Food Grain Sorghum (Milo)

Easy-Growing Wildlife Stand

Easier to grow than corn and is more drought-resistant

  • Short (26” to 30”) and early maturing with large seed head Ideal for food plots
  • Use taller sorghum-sudangrass for screening purposes

Best Use: Excellent attractant and food source for deer, game birds, and other wildlife. Great bedding cover.

Adaptation: Cool temperatures limit feed grain production for livestock in the Upper Midwest.

Management: Requires nitrogen fertility (up to 150 lbs N per year). Manage potential for prussic acid & nitrate build-up.

Planting Date: Late May to early July (soil at 62°F+)

Seeding: Drill 5-15 lbs/acre ½” to 1-½” deep. Use high end of rate for broadcasting. 

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