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New Super Sugar Sorghum Sudangrass

Super Sugar is a high yielding conventional forage grass best used for hay, grazing, greenchop, or cover crop.
Thin sweet stems make it highly palatable with stem sugar ranging from 12-16%.
Planting higher populations will result in finer stems, finer stems dry quicker producing higher quality hay. The improved drought tolerant genetics allow Super Sugar to yield even under dry conditions. Recovery following a drought is excellent, but always test the forage for prussic acid prior to feeding to any animal.

Additional Characteristics:
*Excellent double crop option low inputs
*Good late season cover crop *Anthracnose & Downy Mildew resistant
*Water requirement – very low
*Early season vigor – excellent
*First cutting in 50-55 days
*Second cutting in 25-30 days
*Harvest at 40-50 inches or when crop is in the boot stage

Establishment

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.)
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Management

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.

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