Input efficiencies.
Sorghum
the reliable crop.

Sorghum has low farm input requirements,

Both in terms of fertilisers and plant protection products. It is, to date, little exposed to harmful attacks from bio-aggressive products. Its ability to efficiently absorb a large proportion of the mineral nitrogen from the soil makes sorghum acrop with moderate nitrogen fertiliser requirements. It leaves very little post-harvest residue, thus contributing to lower nitrate losses in water. Incidentally, when excessive nitrogen input combines with high-density soil and elevated hydric stress levels, between the boot and heading stages, the risk of Macrophomina can be heightened.

Sorghum is little-exposed to
diseases and ravaging parasites

Parasite attacks may occur, but more often than not, the pressure they cause remains low and does not require action. The most frequent instances are those involving aphids (especially in Eastern European countries).

Amount of nitrogen absorbed by sorghum to produce one production unit

Type of productionUnitary requirementProduction potential
Grain sorghum29 kg N/t< 5 t/ha
25 kg N/t5-8 t/ha
23 kg N/t8-10 t/ha
21 kg N/t> 10 t/ha
Multi-cut fodder
sorghum
16 kg N/t< 10 t MS/ha
14 kg N/t10-15 t MS/ha
12,5 kg N/t> 15 t MS/ha

Not only does sorghum offer low nitrogen fertiliser consumption, in addition, 40% of the nitrogen mobilised by the crop is returned to the soil in organic form, or 60 to 80 kg of nitrogen integrated into the soil humus.

Others benefits

Productivity

Animal feed

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