Sorghum Northern Region - GrowNotes™

Published: 21 Apr 2017

Grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) is the main summer grain crop in the northern grains region, and plays a key role in providing feed grains to the beef, dairy, pig and poultry industries. It is a good rotation crop, tolerating heat and moisture stress, and performing better than maize on soils with marginal potassium (K) levels.

Grain sorghum is a major component of the dryland cropping system of north-eastern Australia. Approximately 60% of the Australian crop is grown in Queensland and the remainder in northern NSW. Grain sorghum is predominantly a summer crop, with an extended season in higher latitudes including Central Queensland and further north.


  • Planning/paddock preparation and planting
  • Plant growth and physiology
  • Nutrition and fertiliser
  • Weed and insect control
  • Nematode control
  • Diseases
  • Crop desiccation and spray out
  • Harvest and storage
  • Environmental issues
  • Marketing

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    Region: North

    ISBN: 978-1-921779-10-7 (print)