In periods of drought, maize yields can be severely limited. Excessive heat can affect fertilisation or grain filling, reducing forage quality. To cope with these difficulties, it is recommended to diversify your forage crops.
Forage sorghum is a possible alternative. The fodder working group has been working on this issue.
The objective is to enrich and consolidate references, technical recommendations and diversify testimonies in order to strengthen the support given to farmers wishing to integrate sorghum into their production systems.
Two workshops on this topic were organised on 12 and 13 October 2021, with a technical conference and a visit to plots of land and a farmer’s testimony.
Benjamin Collin (Arvalis) spoke on the cultivation of forage sorghum, from sowing to harvesting, then Dr Georg Terler (HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein) spoke on the use of forage sorghum, from its conservation to its use in the ration.