Sorghum

Sugar Cane Aphids have become an increasingly problematic pest for sorghum growers both grain sorghum and forages.  We have made selection for tolerance one of the top priorities right along with top end yield potential, excellent standability and superior drought tolerance.  All of our newer varieties that have been released that have a high level of tolerance to Sugar Cane Aphids have a 5xxx number.  Also MG 4595 is still maintaining its high level of tolerance as well.

Another approach that is being looked at, especially in double-crop situations, is to plant flowering “companion” species with the sorghum to attract beneficial predatory insects such as lacewings and ladybugs to feed on the aphid populations.  This has shown to be an effective option for some, although management changes will need to be looked at possibly.

4590
85-90 Days
• Ultra early maturity
• Well adapted for double crop or early harvest
• Excels at higher population due to lack of tillering
• Excellent head exertion
• Excellent drought tolerance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Good
4595
95-100 Days
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5563
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Semi-open bronze to cream head type in in medium-short height plant
• Bred to handle tough environments
• Keep populations 10-15% higher in heavy residue with cooler soil temperatures
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5583
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Semi-open bronze head type in a medium height plant type
• Excels in tougher yield environments
• Stalks and roots are excellent
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5603
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Excellent stalk strength; thrives in tougher environments
• Semi open head type with above average head exertion
• Potential for double crop in South Central Kansas
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5482
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Semi-open bronze head type in a medium height plant type
• Best yield performance is in tougher, dry conditions for Western Kansas
• Very good roots, good stalks, with above average head exertion
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5745W
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• White grain
• Excellent drought tolerance
• Food grade hybrid with tan plant color
• Very good choice for double crop
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Good
NEW
5643
105-110 Days
• Medium maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Excellent standability and early seedling vigor
• Good performance in stressful environments
• Semi open head type with good test weight
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5710
105-110 Days
• Medium maturity
• Highly tolerant to Sugar Cane Aphids
• Excellent top-end yield potential for maturity
• Excellent stalks and roots; FHB tolerance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5653IG
105-110 Days
• Medium maturity igrowth® hybrid
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Tolerant to Imiflex™ herbicide for pre or post control of labeled grassy weeds
• Moves well from tougher yield environments to better producing soils
• Excellent yield history across Kansas in testing
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5781W
110-115
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Good
5727
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Highly tolerant to Sugar Cane Aphids
• Good stalk quality
• Best under irrigation or good dryland
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5730
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Strong yield performance in higher yield potential trials
• Excellent test weight history; very good stalk and root rating
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5740
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Widely adaptable hybrid with Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Excellent top-end yield potential and test weight
• Moderately tall hybrid with very good stalk and root ratings; FHB tolerance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5790
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Highly tolerant to Sugar Cane Aphids
• Dual-purpose grain and silage
• Tall plant type
• Strong, consistent yield performance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Average
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
4590
85-90 Days
• Ultra early maturity
• Well adapted for double crop or early harvest
• Excels at higher population due to lack of tillering
• Excellent head exertion
• Excellent drought tolerance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Good
4595
95-100 Days
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5563
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Semi-open bronze to cream head type in in medium-short height plant
• Bred to handle tough environments
• Keep populations 10-15% higher in heavy residue with cooler soil temperatures
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5583
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Semi-open bronze head type in a medium height plant type
• Excels in tougher yield environments
• Stalks and roots are excellent
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5603
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Excellent stalk strength; thrives in tougher environments
• Semi open head type with above average head exertion
• Potential for double crop in South Central Kansas
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5482
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Semi-open bronze head type in a medium height plant type
• Best yield performance is in tougher, dry conditions for Western Kansas
• Very good roots, good stalks, with above average head exertion
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5643
105-110 Days
• Medium maturity
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Excellent standability and early seedling vigor
• Good performance in stressful environments
• Semi open head type with good test weight
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5710
105-110 Days
• Medium maturity
• Highly tolerant to Sugar Cane Aphids
• Excellent top-end yield potential for maturity
• Excellent stalks and roots; FHB tolerance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
NEW
5653IG
105-110 Days
• Medium maturity igrowth® hybrid
• Excellent Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Tolerant to Imiflex™ herbicide for pre or post control of labeled grassy weeds
• Moves well from tougher yield environments to better producing soils
• Excellent yield history across Kansas in testing
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5727
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Highly tolerant to Sugar Cane Aphids
• Good stalk quality
• Best under irrigation or good dryland
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5730
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Strong yield performance in higher yield potential trials
• Excellent test weight history; very good stalk and root rating
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5740
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Widely adaptable hybrid with Sugar Cane Aphid tolerance
• Excellent top-end yield potential and test weight
• Moderately tall hybrid with very good stalk and root ratings; FHB tolerance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Good
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5790
110-115 Days
• Medium-late maturity
• Highly tolerant to Sugar Cane Aphids
• Dual-purpose grain and silage
• Tall plant type
• Strong, consistent yield performance
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Average
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Excellent
5745W
100-105 Days
• Medium-early maturity
• White grain
• Excellent drought tolerance
• Food grade hybrid with tan plant color
• Very good choice for double crop
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Excellent
SCA TOLERANCE
Good
5781W
110-115
CHARACTERISTICS
STALK STRENGTH
Excellent
DROUGHT STRESS
Good
SCA TOLERANCE
Good
ProductTypeDays to 1/2 BloomRelative MaturityHeightHead TypeGrain ColorStalk StrengthDrought StressSCA Tolerance
4590Grain Sorghum50-5285-90 Days42-48Semi-OpenRedGoodExcellentGood
4595Grain Sorghum56-5895-100 Days30-36Semi-OpenRedGoodExcellentExcellent
NEW5563Grain Sorghum56-58100-105 Days30-36Semi-OpenBronzeGoodExcellentExcellent
5482Grain Sorghum58-60100-105 Days48-52Semi-OpenBronzeGoodExcellentExcellent
NEW5583Grain Sorghum56-58100-105 Days46-51Semi-OpenBronzeExcellentExcellentExcellent
NEW5603Grain Sorghum58-60100-105 Days42-47Semi-OpenRedExcellentExcellentExcellent
NEW5643Grain Sorghum63-65105-110 Days44-49Semi-OpenBronzeExcellentExcellentExcellent
NEW5653IGGrain Sorghum64-66105-110 Days36-44Semi-OpenRedGoodExcellentExcellent
5710Grain Sorghum64-66105-110 Days49-53CompactBronzeExcellentGoodExcellent
5790Grain Sorghum68-70110-115 Days48-54Semi-OpenRedAverageGoodExcellent
5727Grain Sorghum70-74110-115 Days40-46Semi-OpenRedExcellentGoodExcellent
5730Grain Sorghum69-71110-115 Days49-53CompactRedGoodExcellentExcellent
5740Grain Sorghum70-72110-115 Days53-57CompactRedGoodGoodExcellent
5745WFood Grade58-62100-105 Days40-45Semi-OpenWhiteExcellentExcellentGood
5781WFood Grade66-68110-11545-50Semi-CompactWhiteExcellentGoodGood

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