Description:

Summer Select 95 BMR forage sorghum is the ideal choice for the dairy or feedlot producer looking for a product that can deliver superior silage qualities using a one cut system. In a short period of time, this BMR 6 hybrid will consistently produce top yields of high quality forage with tremendous grain production; all while, when planted at lower populations, the dwarfing gene assists with the stand-ability, making this hybrid a favorite. The high sugar levels in the stems combined with the lower lignin concentrations of the BMR 6 gene lead to enhanced digestibility and animal intake.

  • Widely adapted, BMR 6 hybrid
  • Dwarf hybrid = improved standability, higher leaf: stem ratio for increased digestibility
  • Multi-race resistance to anthracnose

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1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent

BMR (Brown Mid-Rib): BMR 6
Traits: N/A
Maturity: 95 Days
Approximate Height: 7-8 ft.
Leaf Disease Resistance: 4
Sugarcane Aphid Tolerance: 3
Double Crop: 3
Drought Tolerance: 5
Recovery after cutting: 3
Standability: 5

Uses:

  • Cut and Carry – not the recommended harvest strategy for this hybrid. Though, this is possible with proper management.
  • Grazing – usually most popular after initial silage harvest, on the ratooned crop
  • Silage – The large amounts of digestible energy coming from the high quality fiber in 95 BMR, along with the tremendous leafiness and starch production means that you can expect a superior, highly nutritious silage product that can replace corn in the high performance ruminant diet. Ideal silage moisture levels at soft dough stage are 68% to 72% H2O. With the high sugar concentration, it can be expected that this forage will ferment and cool down very rapidly when properly packed in storage.

Planting Time:
May-July
Emergence (days): 10

Seeding Information:

  • Soil temperature of 60 F and climbing
  • Average seeds/pound: 14,000-15,000
  • Planting depth should be 1½-2 in. depending on soil moisture:

30 in. rows: 80,000-100,000 seeds/acre
15 in. rows: 100,000-120,000 seeds/acre

Higher populations than recommended above may have negative
lodging results.

  • Can be no-tilled into stubble of winter and spring crops
  • Do not plant in soil with pH greater than 7.5 as iron chlorosis can be a problem

Fertility:

  • Please test your soil!
  • Under favorable conditions, 1-1¼ lbs. of nitrogen per day of planned growth should be available for ultimate growth, with little risk for nitrate poisoning. For example, for a planned 95 day harvest, 95-118 lbs. of nitrogen should be available.
  • Potassium levels should be maintained similar to that of corn
  • If soil pH is greater than 7.2, an application of iron may be necessary to prevent iron chlorosis
  • Exceeding the recommended fertility above may have negative lodging results

Avoiding Nitrate and Prussic Acid Poisoning:

  • Do not harvest drought stricken plants within four days following a heavy rain
  • Do not apply nitrogen prior to expected drought periods
  • If in doubt, cut at higher stubble height as nitrates tend to accumulate in the lower stalk
  • If high prussic acid is found, wait one month prior to feeding. Unlike excessive nitrates, prussic acid will escape from the plant over time

Harvest:

  • Harvest at soft dough stage, when top half of seed head is at soft dough and lower is a bit milky
  • Moisture levels should be between 68%-72% H20, allowing this high quality forage to ferment very quickly
  • Cutting height: for optimum regrowth (ratooning), crop should be harvested leaving 2 nodes or approximately 6-8 in. of plant material
  • Use sharp blades: a clean cutting will enhance regrowth
  • Ideal chop length is at 1-1¼ in.
  • Quality levels, including NDFd, protein and available starch, will
    decline if crop is harvested after soft dough stage

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