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Sweet sorghum could serve as an alternative crop producing high yields in renewable energy. It could be used either to produce ethanol or sugar-syrup for industrial purposes. For three years experimental hybrids of sweet sorghum have been tested in five locations in Western Europe, to identify the adaption of the available plant materials to the test areas. The experiments show that in suitable climatic conditions, top yielding varieties have the potential to produce more than 30 to/ha of dry matter and sugar yield exceeds 10 to/ha, while the sugar content generally stays under 10%. The material tested so far is quite vulnerable to cold weather and situations. In many cases this leads to large differences between the characters of single varieties from one location to the next. The need for stable and reliable yields requires early maturing and cold tolerant varieties. Comparable breeding work has been successfully carried out by the maize breeders of Europe.

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Authors: VON BROOCK R, KWS Kleinwanzlebener Saatzucht AG, Einbeck (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 12949 EN (1990) 40 pp., MF, ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 5
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