Sudangrass is a warm season annual grass commonly used for hay and silage production, as well as grazing. Turbo is a very high yielding sudangrass hybrid that carries the brown midrib gene as well as a brachytic dwarf gene. Brachytic dwarf varieties are desirable because they will have the same amount of leaf area as taller varieties, but a shorter stalk which results in a higher leaf to stem ratio. The BMR gene lowers lignin levels in the plant, which results in more digestible fiber and much higher feed value in BMR varieties compared to non-BMR types. Turbo is extremely fast to establish and will have rapid regrowth in a multi-cut or grazing scenario. This makes it an excellent option as a season long crop, or for double forage cropping. Sudangrass is very drought tolerant and grows well under limited moisture conditions. It is used throughout the U.S. and can be productive in northern climates that have a short growing season. It will perform best on well drained soils and does not do well in flooding or standing water conditions. Sudangrass is somewhat tolerant to saline soils, but performance will be limited.
- Planting Time: Late Spring – Mid Summer, Sudangrass needs a minimum soil temperature of 60 degrees to germinate
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 15 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seed Depth: ¾” – 1”