Sweet Sorghum


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

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