Sorghum Seed Guide

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Information and ratings are based on comparisons with other Pioneer® brand products, not competitive products. Information and ratings are assigned by Pioneer Agronomists and Research Managers, based on average performance across area of adaptation under normal conditions, over a wide range of both climate and soil types, and may not predict future results. Product responses are variable and subject to any number of environmental, disease and pest pressures. Please use this information as only part of your product positioning decision. Refer to www.pioneer.com/products/sorghum or contact a Pioneer sales professional for the latest and most complete listing of traits and scores for each Pioneer brand product and for product placement and management suggestions specific to your operation and local conditions.

RATINGS

 

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9 = Excellent; 1 = Poor; Blank = Insufficient Data.

 

Cruiser® seed treatment

Cruiser® seed treatment is available on select Pioneer® brand grain sorghum hybrids. Cruiser® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.

Selected Pioneer® brand grain sorghum hybrids are available with Concep® safened seed. Concep® is a registered trademark of a Syngenta Group Company.

Trait ratings provide key information useful in selection and management of Pioneer® brand products in your area. Scores are based on period-of-years testing through 2018 harvest and were the latest available at time of printing. Some scores may change after 2019 harvest. Contact your Pioneer sales professional before planting for the latest trait rating information.

 

RATINGS


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9 = Excellent; 1 = Poor; Blank = Insufficient Data.

 

DISEASE PRECAUTION

Growers should balance hybrid yield potential, hybrid maturity and cultural practice selection against their anticipated risk of a specific disease and need for resistance. In high disease risk conditions, consider planting hybrids with at least moderate resistance ratings of 4 or higher to help reduce risk. When susceptible hybrids with disease ratings of 1 to 3 are planted in conditions of high disease pressure, the grower assumes a higher level of risk. If conditions are severe, even hybrids rated as resistant can be adversely affected. Independent of yield reduction, disease can predispose plants to secondary diseases such as stalk rots. This requires individual field and hybrid monitoring for stalk stability and timely harvest when warranted.

 

DISEASE RATINGS

9 = Excellent; 1 = Poor; Blank = Insufficient Data; N/A = Not applicable; (-) = No specific gene resistance.

 

CRM (COMPARATIVE RELATIVE MATURITY)

Approximate length of time from emergence to physiological maturity, which will vary depending on planting date, environment and growing conditions.

 

RM (RELATIVE MATURITY)

Approximate length of time in days until flowering.

 

HEAD TYPE

9 = Open; 1 = Compact.

PLANT HEIGHT

 

9 = Very Tall; 1 = Short.

 

HEAD SMUT RESISTANCE

Rated for resistance to Races 1, 2, 3, 4.

 

HEAT RESPONSE

1 = Delays, least responsive; 9 = Responsive, usually heads under stress. Grain sorghum hybrids react differently to environmental conditions. The characteristics used to describe this environmental reaction are "heat response" and "color score." Either trait is desirable in grain sorghum hybrids. Yearly environment will dictate which characteristic benefits production. NOTE: Heat response and color scores express characteristics that could be favorable or unfavorable, depending on environmental conditions. Characteristics should be compared to hybrids of similar maturity group only.

 

COLORING

1 = Delays maturity; 9 = Very responsive, matures under cool conditions. Grain coloring in sorghum hybrids is closely associated with physiological maturity. Hybrids which are "early to color" are more responsive to cool temperatures than other sorghum hybrids. Under cool conditions from weather or late planting, these hybrids tend to mature and dry down rather than delay maturity. Grain sorghum hybrids react differently to environmental conditions. The characteristics used to describe this environmental reaction are "heat response" and "color score." Either trait is desirable in grain sorghum hybrids. Yearly environment will dictate which characteristic benefits production. NOTE: Heat response and color scores express characteristics that could be favorable or unfavorable, depending on environmental conditions. Characteristics should be compared to hybrids of similar maturity group only.

 

GRAIN COLOR AND ENDOSPERM COLOR

BRZ = Bronze; BWN = Brown; N/A = Non-grain Bearing; RED = Red; RB = Red-brown; W/WHT = White; Y/YEL = Yellow. Grain color has no influence on feed quality.