One of our area farms believes that grain sorghum or milo as some call it, has an excellent fit as a rotation crop in our area. There are excellent local markets available using the grain as bird seed and livestock feed. It is a crop that is well adapted to our growing conditions and our cropping systems. We can get in and harvest before the peanut and cotton crops are mature, and it breaks the cycle of pests hosted by our other crops. It is a low input crop which is very tolerant of drought stress and can make high yields under good management.
We asked B&L Farming to participate in the National Sorghum Producers Yield and Management Contest to spotlight the potential fit for this crop in our area. They cooperated with Suwannee County Extension Agent Elena Toro and myself by growing the crop using BMPs and we were present for the official yield verification.
The National Sorghum Producers Contest requires one contiguous block five acres or greater in size. We were very comprehensive in laying out the field block and collecting weight and moisture measurements for the contest plot. I produced this video showing farm co-owners Jamie Driggers and Tamos Sapp harvesting and hauling the contest plot. The official yield for the five acre contest plot was 102 bushels per acre.