Sweet sorghum syrup has been produced in the United
States since colonial days. Some sweet sorghum syrup has at one
time or another been produced in every one of the contiguous 48
states. Sweet sorghum is grown extensively for syrup production
in the southeastern states.
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How to grow
Sweet Sorghum for Syrup
TST033 Black Amber Sorghum
Reintroduced by SESE 1997. One of the earliest sweet canes introduced to American agriculture. Milky sweet, used primarily as a syrup sorghum. Can also be used as a silage crop. A good intercrop with beans and peas. 8 to 9 feet tall stalks, loose heads of shiny black seeds. 99 days.
TST034 Sugar Drip Sorghum
One of the earliest-maturing varieties for the South, and one of the most widely grown varieties in the southern mountains. Grows 6-8 feet tall, susceptible to lodging if not harvested early. Used for early production of very good quality syrup. 102 days.
TST049 Iowa Sweet Sorghum
A very sweet sugar cane type, about 9 ft. tall with juicy stalks. Preserved for years at Sand Hill Preservation Center. 125 days.
TPF208 Sugar Cane ( Sorghum Variety, Rox Orange )
Not to be confused with sugar cane grass grown in Florida (
Saccharum ) for sugar production.
Rox Orange, or Waconia, is a medium-early maturing variety that was developed for syrup production by the Wisconsin Agricultural Experiment Station. It has also been grown for silage in the Upper Midwest. Rox orange is a great variety of sorghum for making a delicious syrup.
The "sugar" refers to the
sweet variety of this cane compared to types grown only for
forage. Grow this old time sorghum favorite for forage or
syrup, pieces of mature cane heart can be chewed like candy. Seeds can even be popped like popcorn.
Grow same culture as corn, but prefers well drained sandy loam.
Grows to 8 ft. tall and matures in about 110 days.
Can be cut for silage after 70-80 days, or be used for
livestock grain if left to full maturity. Best adapted to well
drained loam. Will mature in any area with a long enough
growing season for corn.
3447 Red Head Sorghum ( Broomcorn )
Red head, for fresh or dry fall decorations, hand-tied brooms, crafts. Grows about 5 feet tall.
AW48 Topper 76-6
This is the sorghum used to make molasses for those delicious cookies and breakfast biscuits! Matures in 120 days. Will mature in any area with a long enough growing season for corn. Grows about 10 feet tall. Seed heads can be used in birdfood blends.
3448 Black Sorghum ( Broomcorn )
Robust green to dark brown oval inflorescence, for fresh or dried arrangements. Grows about 5 feet tall.