AF7101 is the earliest maturing forage sorghum in the Alta Seeds line up. This product is primarily positioned to suit the shorter growing season conditions in the Northern US. This BMR 6 product features high quality forage that is highly digestible and provides producers with top yields. Tremendous seedling emergence coupled with a dry stalk allow AF7101 the versatility to be used in double cropping systems, including those looking for a single chop harvest with a source of starch.
- Excellent double crop
- 85 day sorghum that is BMR6
- Good standability
- Superior NDFd
- Harvest 82-85 days after emergence
- Very good early vigor
- Dry stalk for quick dry down
- Versatile product
- Double crop silage option
- BMR-6 provides excellent nutrition
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: 15,000 – 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 100 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.
AF7101 is usually harvested between 82 to 85 days after emergence. Optimum harvest recommendation is when 80 percent 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.
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
AF7101 Tech Sheet (2016)
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