Gamecover Sorghum

Giant Sorghum

Provides a tall dense cover some 5  – 7 feet tall with average resistance to lodging. Best used as a flushing point or drilled as a windbreak to protect other cover crops. Offers no feed value to game birds. Sow in the spring after the risk of frost has passed. Do not drill early as it requires soil temperatures to be in the region of 14°C (Higher than maize!) Sowing depth 1  – 2 inches. Row width 70cm.

 

Intermediate Sorghum

Very similar to the other sorghums i.e. Giant and Dwarf but as the name suggests grows to a height of around  4  – 5 feet. This gives it a better wind break possibility than the dwarf varieties whilst at the same time not  being seen as an impenetrable barrier. Do not drill early as it requires soil temperatures to be in the region of 14°C. Drilling depth 1  – 2 inches with row widths at 70cm.

 

Dwarf Sorghum

Sometimes referred to as “Milo” or “Grain” sorghum in other parts of the world. Dwarf Sorghum is shorter and stiffer stemmed than Giant Sorghum. Reaching a height of 3 – 3.5 feet with large leaves producing a leafier cover at ground level. Very good standing power provides a good warm holding area for birds. Remember not to drill too early as  sorghum is a tropical crop and requires higher soil temperatures than maize at around 14°C.

 

Sorghum Sowing Details

Sowing Rate: 8kg Dwarf & Intermediate 12kg per acre Giant
Sowing Date: April— Early June
Pack Size: 1 acre pack
Cover From: July – February

Sorghum is a tropical crop where it is grown for  grain. You will need to be careful not to sow too  early with any sorghum as it is very heat sensitive, requiring a  minimum soil temperature of 14°C. The warmer the better for sorghum, remember that maize is a semi-tropical crop and requires less heat than sorghum. Heavy yielding bird feeder which lasts well into late January/ February and can be used in some stewardship and wild bird mixtures