New Queen Bee BMR Sorghum Sudan Hybrid
Queen Bee BMR Sorghum Sudangrass is a fine stemmed sweet sorghum-sudan with the BMR trait it an excellent hybrid for grazing, hay, silage/balage, grazing or cover.
Queen Bee’s BMR Trait makes it more palatable and digestible for grazing animals, making much better use for livestock.
Queen Bee can be used as a multi or single cut which can be planted early or late and make a first cutting in 40-50 days.
Queen Bee offers has excellent early growth vigor, allowing you to produce the maximum tonnage in a short amount of time.
Yield testing indicates 6-8 Tons/DryMatter/Acre at testing locations through multiple years. Third party analysis reports excellent nutritional percentages. Nutri-King consistently demonstrates high soluble sugar content and good TDN, NDFD, IVTD scores. With Nutri-King cattle will clean it up before they would consider eating a conventional hybrid.
Characteristics of Queen Bee:
-Excellent Early growth vigor
-Newer hybrid with high stem sugar content
-Excellent IVTD, TDN and NDFD values
-For best protein and digestibility harvest in the flag leaf- boot stage
-Water requirement: very low
-Excellent recovery after grazing or cutting
-Anthracnose & downey mildew resistance
-Harvest at the boot stage or 40-50 inches
-First cutting 40-50 days
-Second cutting 25-35 days
-Third cutting 25-35 days
-Begin grazing at 18-24″ height
The best method for planting sorghums and sorghum-sudangrass is with a grain drill at a depth of 1 to 1½ inches into moist soil.
Plant when soil temperature reaches 60 degrees farenheit. (In the midwest this would generally be the end of May or in June.)
All Sorghums & Sudans can cause Prussic Acid and Nitrate poisoning in livestock. Be sure to test your sorghum sudan products prior to grazing or cutting for prussic acid and nitrate poisoning. Prussic acid often occurs when plants are green, succulent forages as opposed to dried and baled. If there is a high level of prussic acid, cut and cure the crop before baling, as the prussic acid will turn to a gas and leave the plant. If grazing or feeding, delay releasing animals to feed until plants are 20″ tall. **PRUSSIC ACID LEVELS WILL RISE AFTER A FROST OR FREEZING. IT IS RECOMMENDED TO REMOVE ANIMALS FROM PASTURE FOR AT LEAST 7 DAYS TO ALLOW PRUSSIC ACID LEVELS TO DROP TO A SAFE LEVEL. Nitrate poisoning DOES NOT LEAVE THE PLANT and should be dealt with differently than Prussic Acid poisoning. If the Nitrate level is high, delay cutting or grazing the crop. Cut crops in the afternoon instead of the morning, allow for several sunny days of clear weather before cutting and raise your cutting bar. Do not apply nitrogen fertilizer if your levels are up or too high. Crops with high nitrogen can be used to make ensilage with a relatively good margin of safety.