Chomper Sorghum

Chomper is a fast growing, fine leafed hybrid with excellent palatability. This hybrid provides a high-quality product that can be used for grazing, hay, cut & carry as well as silage. Chomper has a high leaf to stem ratio and has a quick regrowth, making it suitable for multiple cuttings.

Soil Fertility

Sorghum is best suited to fertile heavy clay soils, with their high water holding capability. Ensure potassium levels are adequate in acidic soils. Do not exceed 110kg/ha of nitrogen. An independent soil test is advised before sowing.

Forage Management

Avoid grazing or cutting sorghum below 15cm plant height. First grazing or cutting should be conducted at approximately 1 metre to increase plant productivity. Be aware of the risk of prussic acid (HCN) poisoning with forage sorghums. Risk is greatest when crops are < 60cm high or are moisture stressed or frosted. Cut or graze when 60– 120cm high to maintain best quality.

Seeding

Sow seeds shallow into adequately moistened soil. Seeding should be done at soil temperatures of 16°C and rising.

Key Attributes

  • The plant is a vigorous erect grower with branched tillers reaching 2-3m in height.

  • It has excellent palatability for livestock and is very digestible.

  • Seedling Vigour is very good.

  • It can be Intensively Grazed once it has reached the 1m height with excellent recovery between grazing.

  • It provides very good Hay and Silage production.

  • Planting should be done at a soil temperature of 16°c and rising.

  • Seed size – 30,000/kg approx

  • Recommended pH Rate: CaCl 6 – 7.5
  • Recommended Rainfall Rate: 500mm+
  • Recommended Sow Rate:
    3 to 10kgs/ha dryland.
    15 to 20kgs-kg/ha under irrigation.