2020 Hybrid Sorghum Performance Report

Published: 9 Sep 2020

Welcome to the second hybrid sorghum performance report published by GRDC. This guide draws on information obtained from three seasons (2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20) of the sorghum National Variety Trials (NVT) program and numerous other sources.

The aim of the sorghum NVT program is to provide growers with relevant independent information to enable informed choices when deciding what grain sorghum hybrid to sow in their paddocks. NVT seeks to trial the most relevant hybrids for each region, alongside near-to-release lines from breeding companies.

For the latest information on the released sorghum hybrids trialled through the NVT program in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, visit the NVT website.

Key points

  • This publication covers three seasons – 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 – of the sorghum NVT testing program.
  • The performance values (variation from the mean) that appear in Appendix 1 are from three seasons and this should be taken into context. These values may not be representative of the long-term seasonal conditions experienced by growers in their individual situations. The past three seasons have seen extreme conditions, dominated by extensive drought.
  • The lack of pre-season and in-crop rainfall resulted in reduced soil moisture profiles, which directly affected trial numbers and, overall, produced less-than-average grain yields.
  • When choosing a grain sorghum hybrid, 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 and 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 to reduce 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.

Link to this publication

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Region: North

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

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