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Research Project: Improving Nutrient Use Efficiency and Mitigating Nutrient and Pathogen Losses from Dairy Production Systems

Location: Environmentally Integrated Dairy Management Research

Title: Research update: Yield and nutritive value of photoperiod-sensitive sorghum and sorghum-sudangrass

Author
item Remick, E. - University Of Wisconsin
item Akins, Matthew - University Of Wisconsin
item Su, Huawei - University Of Wisconsin
item Coblentz, Wayne

Submitted to: Popular Publication
Publication Type: Popular Publication
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/12/2016
Publication Date: 8/1/2016
Citation: Remick, E., Akins, M.S., Su, H., Coblentz, W.K. 2016. Research update: Yield and nutritive value of photoperiod-sensitive sorghum and sorghum-sudangrass. Popular Publication. p. 20.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The objective of this study was to evaluate the yield of photoperiod-sensitive forage sorghum and sorghum-sudangrass against non-photoperiod-sensitive sorghum, sorghum-sudangrass, or corn silage. Forages were planted on two dates at two locations (Marshfield and Hancock, WI). Results suggested some sorghum varieties were able to produce similar forage yields to corn in central Wisconsin, but to optimize yields, a single-cut harvest management strategy is recommended. Sorghum and sorghum-sudangrasses may be useful to provide a significant quantity of moderate-quality forage for dairy heifers.