Forage sorghum is a warm season annual grass closely related to grain sorghum, but bred for its impressive overall biomass and dry matter yield. Bunker Buster can reach heights of over 10 feet at full maturity. Forage sorghum does not regrow well following cutting and is commonly used as a single harvest silage crop. It will display better drought and heat tolerance than corn, and can outperform corn in terms of dry matter yield in a limited moisture environment. Forage sorghum is used throughout the U.S. It performs best on well drained soils and will not do well in flooding or standing water conditions. Bunker Buster is a high yielding forage sorghum that displays the brown midrib gene and maintains excellent standability. The BMR gene lowers lignin levels in the plant, which results in more digestible fiber and higher feed value in BMR varieties compared to non-BMR types.
- Planting Time: Late Spring – Early Summer, Sorghum needs a minimum soil temperature of 60 degrees to germinate
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 10-12 lbs/acre
- Recommended minimum row spacing of 15” for forage production. If planting in 20-30” rows, use lighter seeding rates of 8-10 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seed Depth: ¾” – 1”