Stature BMR is a sudan grass x sorghum type with 12 gene BMR. Brown mid rid (BMR) refers to the colour of the middle rib in the leaves. Forage sorghums bred to contain the BMR characteristic have reduced lignin and are more digestible for stock. The reduced lignin also means sorghum leaves and stems are softer, more palatable and easier to graze.
Stature BMR will provide large volumes of high quality feed for the whole summer period, and is ideal for extended grazing and cutting. Stature BMR is suited to all areas and climates subject to reasonable agronomic conditions and practices. It has performed particularly well in southern regions.
With good management and sufficient moisture, Stature BMR will provide excellent regrowth and multiple cuttings or grazings throughout the season. It is a perfect choice for intensive grazing, quick regrowth, hay, and silage.
Stature BMR forage sorghum does not require any varietal specific disease management considerations. However when considering broader disease management requirements, please consult extension agronomists from various state government departments or experienced commercial agronomists / consultants in the relevant growing areas.
Regularly monitor Stature BMR for chewing insects and sucking pests like aphids, particularly early in its life.
Sow forage sorghum into either a well prepared fine, weed free seed bed, or via a no till system ensuring good seed/soil contact. Seed should be sown no deeper than 5cm. The use of a press wheel or roller is recommended to improve seed soil contact and establishment.
If grass weeds are likely to be present, consider the use of S-metolachlor herbicide (Dual Gold®) for improved grass weed control. Seed must be treated with Concep II® Seed Safener prior to planting to prevent seedling damage. If broadleaf weeds are a concern, consider such chemistry as atrazine or fluroxypyr (Starane™). When contemplating herbicide options, remember to factor in plant back periods applicable to following crops and pastures.
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Suggested Sowing Rates:
Dryland - marginal 4 – 7 kg/ha
Dryland – good 8 – 12 kg/ha
Irrigation 15 – 25 kg/ha.