Lantern® forage sorghum

Lantern® forage sorghum is the new benchmark in sweet sorghum.

A mid to late maturing hybrid type, Lantern offers sweet leafy feed, high levels of plant sugars and excellent palatability. A versatile variety for producers looking for pit silage production, grazing or standover feed.

It is also an excellent bridging crop into oats and this management strategy can lead to higher weight gains through better utilisation of oat crops and less scouring.

Lantern can adapt to both high and low rainfall conditions and has excellent silage potential.

Key features

  • Sweet leafy feed with potential for high dry matter yields
  • Suitable pit silage production, grazing and stand over feed for winter
  • High level of plant sugars and excellent palatability
  • Good recovery after cutting and grazing
  • Excellent early vigour
  • Displays good tolerance in dry conditions
  • Displays good leaf disease resistance
  • Versatile – wide cutting window
  • Suited to round bale hay
  • Sweet leafy feed to support high daily live weight gains in beef cattle.

Disease resistance

Lantern has displayed good disease resistance.

As with all forage sorghum, feed testing is recommended prior to feeding livestock to measure prussic acid and nitrate levels especially in early growth grazing or in stressed conditions.

For more information on feed management of forage sorghums, such as the use of supplement blocks, refer to your local agronomist.

Suggested sowing rates

  • Dryland marginal 3 – 5 kg/ha
  • Dryland good 6– 12 kg/ha
  • Irrigation 15 – 25 kg/ha

Seed availability

Lantern forage sorghum is available through all national rural resellers.

See our find a stockist page and use the interactive map to find your local outlet.

This variety is registered under Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) in Australia. Information provided here is a guide only.
Results can vary greatly depending on climate, soil and local circumstances. This information sheet should not be used as a replacement for expert advice or judgement.
Conditions for Sale and Restrictions on Use are listed on the bag and should be referred to. All liability is excluded to the full extent permitted by law.