2019 Hybrid Sorghum Performance Report

Published: 8 Jul 2019

Key points

  • This publication covers two seasons, 2017-18 and 2018-19, of the sorghum NVT testing program conducted in GRDC’s northern region.
  • It must be emphasised that the predicted yield values that appear in Appendix 1 are from only two seasons and should be taken in context. These values may not be representative of the long-term seasonal conditions experienced by growers in the selected regions.
  • When choosing a hybrid grain sorghum variety, do not rely on the results from a single trial conducted at one location in only one year.
  • Successful sorghum production is a combination of good agronomic practices combined with the best hybrids available for your conditions.
  • Know your paddocks, measure the amount of available subsoil moisture, and test for nutrition status and soil-borne disease levels.
  • Select at least two hybrids that meet your requirements, which reduces overall risk.
  • Get timing right for every operation: sowing, spraying, desiccation and harvest.
  • An even plant population across the paddock and along rows is crucial.

Welcome to the first hybrid sorghum performance report published by the Grains Research and Development Corporation, following requests from growers to include sorghum as part of the National Variety Trials (NVT) testing program. This guide draws on the information obtained from numerous sources following the first two years of trials.

The aim of the sorghum NVT testing program is to provide growers with relevant information that will allow them to make informed choices when deciding what hybrid grain sorghum variety to sow in their paddocks. National Variety Trials seek to test the most relevant varieties for each region and test them alongside near to release lines from breeding companies.

For all the information on the released hybrid sorghum varieties tested in the NVT program conducted in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, visit the website www.nvtonline.com.au.
Sorghum was first grown in 1938, with hybrid sorghum varieties becoming available in 1962. The hybrids quickly gained the acceptance of growers and sorghum is now the dominant summer crop in GRDC’s northern region.

It has been traditionally used by the domestic livestock industries (cattle, pork and poultry), while more recently there has been an increasing interest in the grain being used for ethanol production and for human consumption (gluten free and as a spirit).

More information

GRDC GrowNotes www.grdc.com.au and NSW DPI Summer Crop production guide www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

Region: North

ISBN: 978-1-921779-87-9 (print)

ISBN: 978-1-921779-88-6 (Online)

GRDC Project Code: COR1805-003SAX