In the comments of my last post about harvesting grain sorghum (or milo) , Ed commented about seeing something he thought might be sorghum being grown in Iowa and I suggested that it might be forage sorghum being grown to make silage.
I thought I might have already posted a photo of the sorghum-sudangrass I've been growing this summer that might be similar to forage sorghum, but I was mistaken, so I decided to take some updated photos of my sorghum-sudangrass. At approximately 66 days after planting, the better parts of the field are putting out seed heads and starting to bloom (if it was grain sorghum, you would call it mid-bloom) and at this point has grown to about 8-9 feet tall. A field of forage sorghum would look similar except it would probably have a thicker stalk, bigger leaves, and a bigger head.
It feels odd to be looking forward to winter so that I can see how it works to graze a field of "standing hay" instead of baling, hauling, and feeding baled hay. I'm also sort of looking forward to mowing strips in this field so I can run my electric fences across it (there's something to be said about diving into some 8 foot tall grass with a little tractor).
Besides all that, I've also found out that a field of nine-foot tall sorghum-sudangrass sounds almost like a waterfall or a river when the wind is blowing (and the wind always blows here), which sounds kind of cool and almost makes it worth growing some as a cover crop.
So stay tuned later this fall and winter for more exciting, edge-of-your-seat reports of mowing tall grass and the results of grazing cows instead of feeding hay to cows.