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Most pictures above were taken September 5, 2009. High Biomass Sorghum continued growing through September until first major frost.
2009 Crops under cultivation in Treasure Valley near Fruitland, Idaho: Hybrid High Biomass Sorghum, Sunflower, Hybrid Sudan/Sorghum cross, Switch Grass
- Production size test fields totaling 30 acres.
- Goals: Determination varietal qualities most suited for fuel production in local area.
- Planting dates June 15 (soil temp 70+) and July 15 (few days following start of wheat harvest in area considering double crop potential)
- Photos above taken Sept 5, 2009 3 days prior to first cutting of Hybrid Sudan/Sorghum varieties.
- High Biomass Sorghum varieties were left to grow full season until hard freeze date.
Harvesting results and Growing season observations:
- Hi Biomass Sorghum out yielded any other crop significantly
- Crops plant at second planting date did not produce acceptable tonnage.
- Compared to corn, water usage was noticably less.
- seed spacing in the row was too close on 22" single.
- Important: Don't plant too early. Don't plant too deep
- Planting date should be May 15 - June 15
- Soil temp 70 F.
- Depth of seed 1/2 -1"
- Seed spacing is important. Twin row on 22" rows for surface irrigation, or 14-15" single row spacing under sprinkler.
- Seed count 110,000 / acre.
- Plan to lightly irrigate immediately to secure germination
- Anticipate using 150 N 65 P 120 K as general fertilizer recommendation