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Based on yield averages in Australia and the crop responses to nutrients, the following Integrated Fertiliser Management (IFM) program is proposed for dryland sorghum.

1. Based on yield average in your location and the availability of water, apply granular fertiliser at suitable rates as top-dress or with the seed to match the target yield. Make sure that seeds are treated with BSN Superstrike in advance to maximise the yield potential of the grain by elevating nutrient levels in seed lot. BSN Superstrike is highly advantageous in sorghum since sorghum seeds show low level of trace elements and phosphorus with large variability of these nutrients in the
seed lot.
2. Apply 0.5L of Crop Specific Foliar (e.g. K-Komplex, Cereal Plus or Plasma Fusion) along with an equal volume of a Power N product per tonne of target yield/h at 4 to 5 leaf stage. This mixture can be applied with 40-100 litres of water. Higher rate of water is beneficial in dry conditions.
3. If sorghum is grazed and then left for seed, or if higher yield is expected with irrigation or higher rainfall, a second application of the above mixture is beneficial at leaf stage 8 or later.

Conclusion

Sorghum should no longer be considered as simply ‘animal feed’, as it currently is in the majority of western and developed markets an d food cultures.

As highly placed research continues to uncover many of Sorghum’s qualities and benefits, with its important potential role in the hu man food chain as a health protecting cereal crop, so its place in the market will grow.

With global warming, and the issues of climate change bringing about management and crop-selection challenges and changes for the agricultural industry, sorghum should be factored into crop growing regimes. This is particularly so in areas that are undergoing consistent or prolonged increased temperature change and other weather and climate related changes. Its properties have been sho wn, because of its unique plant structure to be beneficial in this regard.

Sorghum rightfully can own its tag as a ‘wonder crop’, and understanding its qualities and benefits will only bring about better outcomes for global agriculture as it seeks to meet its food production goals. Sorghum is a crop for both humans and livestock that because of its unique qualities can adapt to the climate challenges ahead.