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As a quick-growing annual, high-biomass sorghum fits well into the mix of dedicated energy crops. Like other energy grasses, sorghum uses water and other inputs very efficiently, and thus tends to perform well on lands or in conditions considered marginal for other crops.
And unlike perennial energy grasses, which are generally not harvested during the first season, sorghum has robust establishment characteristics and can produce high yields of biomass in as few as 90 to 100 days in many areas. High-biomass types with our Skyscraper® trait can approach 15-18-ft tall under favorable conditions.
Our first high-biomass sorghum hybrids, ES 5200 and ES 5201 with Skyscraper®, are now available under our Blade Energy Crops brand. These new seed varieties were developed as part of our long-term collaboration with Texas A&M University.
Highly researched and well-understood, sorghum is a domesticated species. However, as a minor crop in the U.S., it has not fully benefited from breakthroughs in modern plant breeding and biotechnology. Therefore, rapid improvements can be made.
We plan to commercialize sorghum hybrids that offer increased biomass, broader adaptability to cooler climates, greater drought tolerance and other agronomic and compositional improvements.