Sudan Grass, Sorghum Sudanense, is a warm season annual grass that is adaptive to the dry, arid growing conditions in the southwestern United States during the spring and summer seasons. Sudan Grass has become a very popular crop in the Imperial Valley region of California. Sudan is planted in the spring and early summer months and harvested from June through September. Sudan is typically harvested two times per season and is exported throughout Asia for both dairy and beef With good growing practices sudan will produce a fine stem, soft textured grass hay with a high leaf-to-stem ratio. The first cutting of sudan typically produces the finest stem product and the later cuttings will have coarser stem. Sudan Grass is a high-quality, long fiber grass hay that can be fed directly to cattle or as part of a mixed ration. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber that provides active rumen stimulation.
Sudan is graded based on color, stem size, leaf/stem ratio and texture.
- SC = Standard Color
- MC = Medium Color
- LC = Low Color
- P = Fine stem premium, soft and leafy
- 1AP = Fine/medium stem premium, soft and leafy
- 1A = Medium stem, #1 type, soft and leafy
- 1B = Medium-to-coarse stem, #2 type