Crop production: Sorghum can play a stabilising role

Here are some production tips for grain sorghum. Grain sorghum must be planted shallow, especially on heavy soils. Place the seed in moist soil, otherwise germination could be retarded. The planting depth varies between 3 cm and 5 cm. After planting, the soil crust must be broken up to enable…

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Crop production: Best sorghum cultivars for beer

Although the South African market for sorghum malt has declined, sorghum is still important for traditional and lager beer production in parts of Africa such as Nigeria and Zimbabwe. Sorghum lager beer’s value lies in the fact that it is gluten-free. The market for gluten-free beer is growing, especially where…

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AB InBev and SU partnership to improve research

Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV (AB InBev) and agronomists and food scientists from the Stellenbosch University in South Africa’s Western Cape will partner on a R6 million research project on beer producing grains. Dr Nikki Else, Research and Development Manager: Agriculture Africa at AB InBev, said projects on cassava and sorghum will…

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Rising fuel costs to boost cassava and sorghum production – Energy expert

An energy expert says the growing bio-fuel industry, spurred by the removal of subsidies on fuel, presented smallholder cassava and sorghum farmers with a ready market for their crop. Energy Forum Chairman Johnstone Chikwanda said these farmers now have a realistic chance of up-scaling production. “There has been huge growth…

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