Planting sorghum seeds can be fun. Sorghum seeds can be planted on the field, in pots and planting bags.
Sorghum seeds should be planted 1.25 – 1.50 inches deep. Sorghum seeds do well in fine sandy soil, loamy soil and slightly clayey soil.
Steps to take to plant sorghum seeds
The following are the steps to take to plant sorghum seeds:
Choose where to plant the sorghum seeds
The first step to take to plant sorghum seeds is to choose the place to plant the seeds. Do you want to plant your sorghum seeds in the field? Do you want to plant your sorghum seeds in pots? Do you want to plant the sorghum seeds in planting bags? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself.
Choose the growing medium
You must choose the right growing medium for planting the sorghum seeds. Coco peat, soil, manure and perlite etc are some of the growing media that can be used for the planting of sorghum seeds.
Soak the sorghum seeds
Soaking sorghum seeds speed up their sprouting. Soaking seeds can break seed dormancy and improve seed germination.
Plant the sorghum seeds
After soaking the sorghum seeds, the next step is to plant or sow the sorghum seeds. The seeds should be sown in holes of 1.25 – 1.5 inches deep. The seeds should also be planted 5-6 inches apart. One seed should be planted per planting hole.
After sowing the seeds, the next step is to water the sorghum seeds. The rain can be used for watering the sorghum seeds and plants. Irrigation systems like sprinklers and drip irrigation can also be used for watering.
Provide the right conditions
Ensure that the sorghum seeds are planted where they will have access to 6-8 hours of sunlight every day.
In places with little or no sunlight, grow lights can be used to supply light for photosynthesis.
Sorghum can do well in poor soils; however, their yield may be impacted. Fertilizers like NPK fertilizers can be used to fertilize sorghum plants. Organic fertilizers like manure, compost and humates can also be used to fertilize sorghum plants.
Sorghums are usually ready for harvest after 80 – 100 days. Harvesters can be used to harvest the sorghum grains from the plants.
About Sorghum Farming
Sorghum farming is the growing of sorghum. Sorghum farming can also be explained as the growing of sorghum crop for the purpose of harvesting the sorghum grains.
Sorghum farming involves all the processes associated with the cultivation of sorghum. These processes include getting the seeds, land preparation, planting, maintenance of the sorghum plants, harvesting and marketing of the produce.
Sorghum grows in a well-draining soil with a pH of 6.0 and 7.0.
Other sorghum producing states in Nigeria are Oyo state and Gombe state.
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