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Sweet sorghum cultivar options

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
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  • Sorghum
  • Ecology
  • Geography


Sweet sorghum can be grown under dryland conditions with annual rainfall ranging from 550-750 mm. The best areas to produce this crop are Central and South India, subtropical areas of Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. It can be grown on well-drained soils such as silt loam or sandy silt clay loam soils with a depth of 0.75 m. Atmospheric temperatures suitable for sweet sorghum growth vary between 15 and 37°C. Sorghum being a C4 species is adapted to a wide range of environments with latitudes ranging from 40oN to 40oS of the equator. Sorghum in general has relatively a deep root system (>1.5 m), and has the unique feature of being ‘dormant’ under unfavorable conditions and resume growth once environmental conditions are favorable

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