Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor)

About Sorghum

  • Sorghum, also known as Milo, is a cereal grain plant with seeds that have high carbohydrate content.
  • Sorghum is a 2-4 feet tall grass with a white, yellow, red, or bronze head.
  • Typically planted in May or June, sorghum is harvested in the fall.
  • The average yield for sorghum in the U.S. is 76 bushels per acre (1 bushel = 56 pounds).

Fast Facts

  • Sorghum is a gluten free grain.
  • 1/3 of grain sorghum is used for livestock feed and 1/3 is exported.
  • Kansas is the #1 producer of grain sorghum in the U.S.


  • Animal Feeds: Livestock Feed, Pet Food
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