A crop for all seasons, sweet sorghum is grown primarily for its juicy stalks. Farmers also value sweet sorghum grain, both as food and as a nutritious livestock feed. The crop is an excellent source of sugary juice used in the production of ethanol.
50-160% - Increase in yield of sweet sorghum when using adapted improved varieties
1.75 - The US$ cost of producing one gallon of ethanol from sweet sorghum, compared to $2.20 for sugarcane and $2.10 for maize
8 - Units of energy yielded by sweet sorghum for every unit of energy used to produce it
1.8 - Units of energy yielded by maize per unit used to produce it
0.8 - Units of energy obtained from fossil fuel per unit of energy invested