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Sorghum bicolor
Synonyms: S. vulgare; S. caffrorum; S. dochna; S. durra; S. guineense

Common Name(s): Sorghum; milo
Family: Poaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Growing Days: 90 to 300 (days)
Abs.Max=104° (F)    Opt.Max=95° (F)
Opt.Min=81° (F)    Abs.Min=46° (F)
Precipitation: 18 to 39 (in.)
Winter Minimum:
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5
Soil Texture/Type: Lt Loams and heavy Clays
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Short day
Light Intensity: Bright
Close relative of shattercane. Adapted to tropical and subtropical summer rainfall patterns. Alkali reduces yield greatly but tolerates salt and high temperatures.
Pythium, Sclerotinia, Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Anthrachose
Weed - possible seed contam., Food - bev base, Food - sugar, Fuel - petroleum sub., Animal Food - fodder, Additive - flavoring, Animal Food - forage, Food - cereal
Tropical-wet and dry, steppe and semi-arid, subtropical-dry summer
Geographical Origin:
Tropics, Subtropics, Temperates
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