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Milo, Grain Sorghum
Milo or grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)
is adapted for Kentucky but is not widely grown. Grain sorghum is an option
for fields that tend to dry slowly in the spring and require later planting
dates that are more suited to sorghum than to corn.
Grain sorghum is more drought tolerant
than either corn or soybean, making it a viable option for fields that are
prone to drought. Grain sorghum uses less nitrogen than corn and will
produce similar yields to corn on marginal soils. Some people are interested in sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) which is the same species as grain sorghum, but a different growth type. With sweet sorghum, the sap is extracted from the stalks of the plants and that sap is refined into sorghum syrup. For more information on sweet sorghum, click here.
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