Sudan (sorghum sudanese) is an annual grown primarily in the deserts of Southern California. It has also been grown successfully in other, cooler climates including Washington and Oregon. Sudan grass is a fine stemmed and leafy plant with quick regrowth. As a member of the same family as sorghum, forage quality will be high due to low fiber content when cut frequently. An elevated sugar content provides a sweeter smell and taste which can result in an increased consumption rate, and digestibility for improved milk production.
Stem size: Super Premium (SP), Premium (P), Fine to Premium (FP), Fine (F) and B grade.
Color: Light + Pink (L+P), Light (L), Standard Light (SL) and Standard (S)
Brown leaf: Generally impacts overall grading of the commodity.
Finishing and Packaging Services:
Single-Compressed (50-60 kg) raw material from the field.
Double-Compressed bales processed from raw material.
- Full Bale (55-60 kg) Dimensions: 24”H x 20”W x 17"D
- Half-cut (25-30 kg) Dimensions: 12”H x 20”Wx 17"D
Sleeve 4-cut (430-460 kg) Dimensions:
- Mag Bale: 34”H x 47”W x 42”D
- Big Bale: 30”H x 45”W x 45”D
For use with Full Bale and Half-cut packaging.
Pacific Northwest (PNW): Typically harvested once per year. Average yield is around 4 tons/acre. Cutting begins Early to Mid-August (dependent on weather conditions).
Pacific Southwest (PSW): Typically harvested two times per year. Average yearly yields are around 3 tons/acre. 1st cutting occurs in early June through July. 2nd cutting occurs from the end of July through September (dependent on weather conditions).