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Sorghum bicolor
Synonyms: S. vulgare var. technicum

Common Name(s): Broomcorn
Family: Poaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Invasiveness: Close relative of noxious weed:IA, IN, OH,
Growing Days: 90 to 130 (days)
Abs.Max=40° (C)    Opt.Max=35° (C)
Opt.Min=22° (C)    Abs.Min=8° (C)
Precipitation: 30 to 152 (cm.)
Winter Minimum:
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5
Soil Texture/Type: Lt Loams and heavy Clays
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Short day
Light Intensity: Very bright
Used for making brooms and whiskbrooms. Labor intensive. Close relative of shattercane.
Pythium, Sclerotinia, Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Anthrachose
Material -, Environ. - ornamental
Dry climate, tropical-wet and dry
Geographical Origin:
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