AF7401 represents the newest generation of hybrid forage sorghums. This product features a genetic combination that enhances both productivity and efficiency. AF7401 has reduced internode length—creating a very compact, leafy and prolific plant. However, it will yield with taller sorghums due to the standabilty and tillering attributes of the brachytic dwarf characteristic. Producers will have the best of both worlds, excellent forage qualities and a dependable high-yielding feedstock. Benefits of the BMR 6 trait include significantly lower lignin concentrations and high digestibility.
- Superior density
- Brachytic Dwarf
- High yielding performance
- BMR-6 for superior forage quality
- Brachytic dwarf genetics provide stout stalks for excellent standability
- Economical performance and efficiency
Soil temperature should be at least 60º F. Planting depth should be 1”-1.5”. Can be no-tilled into the stubble of winter and spring crops. Averge Seeds per Pound: 14,000 – 17,000 and maximum plants/Acre should not exceed 100,000.
A soil test is highly recommended to establish a base line of fertility requirements. Nitrogen fertility should not exceed 115 units per acre including available nitrogen in the soil. Potassium levels should be kept up, particularly if the soil pH is lower than 6.2. If soil pH is above 7.5, a foliar application of iron may be necessary or Iron Chlorosis (yellowing of the leaves) may be a problem. This can be corrected by foliar feeding iron while plants are still young.
AF7401 is usually harvested 110 – 115 days after emergence. Optimum harvest recommendation is when 80% or more of heading has occurred to soft dough stage of the grain. For highest foliage protein levels, cut prior to heading. Protein levels will decline as harvest is delayed, however energy will increase upon heading. This energy increase is due to continued sugar formation in the sorghum stalks and leaves and carbohydrate deposition in the developing grain.
Avoid large nitrogen applications prior to expected drought periods which can increase Prussic Acid concentration for several weeks after application. Do not harvest drought-damaged plants within four days following a good rain. Do not greenchop within seven days of a killing frost. Cut at a higher stubble height, nitrates tend to accumulate in the lower stalk. Wait one month before feeding silage to give Prussic Acid enough time to escape.
Alta brand non GMO forage sorghums offer dairy and livestock producers an alternative to corn silage and multi-cut sorghum sudans. Alta brand forage sorghums are selected for high nutritional and agronomic benefits for today’s livestock producer. The BMR 6 genetics vault sorghum into the realm of super star forages for maximum fiber digestibility and increased palatability, making excellent dairy feed. We offer forage sorghum with maturity ranges from 83 day up to 110 days. Alta offers brachytic dwarf and male sterile products, the brachytic dwarf characteristics make sorghum an agronomically sound crop. (It can stay standing up until harvest.) Energy levels are comparable to corn and protein level is around 10 to 12%. It is more efficient than corn, much less expensive to plant than corn, as well as higher yielding than corn in the southern Midwest, additional forage sorghum vs corn comparisons.
- Yields similar to corn silage
- 30% less nutrient (nitrogen) requirements than corn silage
- 30%-50% less water requirements than corn silage
- Productive on marginal soils
- Drought and heat tolerant, won’t shut down until 105 degrees
- Later planting with similar tonnages as corn silage
- Minimal mycotoxin concerns
- No root worm or corn borer concerns
- Reduce soil phosphorus loads
- Less seed cost per acre than corn
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