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Sorghum


[R] Sorghum sp. (Poaceae).
Fr: Sorgho; Ge: Sorghum-hirse; Sp: Sorgo; It: Sorgo; Pt: Sorgo.
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- Tall Grass with its inflorescence in a panicle more or less loose (*) .
- The forage sorghum (Sorghum vulgare, S. bicolor(L.)) is perennial. It is sown in the spring. It may be used as pasture directly (2 or 3 times), cut as green forage, or ensiled at the thick stage. It is especially used as grass in summer because of its great resistance to heat and drought.
- There are many species of sorghum whose grain is used in both human and animal nutrition. Annual species are shorter than forage sorghum (110 to 120 cm), and have a more compact panicle. They are sown in spring and are harvested before the grain is dry; it then must be dried rapidly.
- Other sorghums have diverse markets: paper-making sorghum, broom corn. The Johnson grass(Sorghum halepense) is a formidable weed.


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