Improved Forage Sorghum Hybrids

Sorghum is a naturally drought tolerant crop that requires less water and nitrogen fertilizer than major forage crops like silage corn and alfalfa.


We are combining our plant breeding expertise in sorghum with our core capabilities in plant transformation and traits to develop improved forage sorghum hybrids for livestock feed and forage.

Our current hybrids, which are traditionally bred and do not yet contain biotech traits, have performed well in numerous commercial and multi-hybrid field trials and have demonstrated a number of favorable attributes for forage feed, such as high yields and low water requirements, as well as competitive production costs relative to corn and certain hay crops. In two university-led evaluations, which included products from well-known seed companies, we achieved the highest milk production yield per acre, which is a key metric for dairy operations. In our pipeline, we are evaluating new hybrids that offer additional performance advantages.

We market our improved forage sorghum hybrids under our premium Blade® brand. Call toll-free at 1-877-498-SEED to learn more or to find a dealer near you.

Traits for Forage Sorghum

We are taking advantage of the natural drought tolerance and lower fertilizer requirements of sorghum and combining it with traits for enhanced biomass yield and quality. By utilizing our high biomass or quality traits, such as our high carbohydrate trait, we believe sorghum could potentially surpass silage corn in milk yield per acre, which is a key crop performance metric for dairies. We also believe there is an opportunity to utilize these traits in other forage crops, such as alfalfa and silage corn.

We are taking advantage of the natural drought tolerance and lower fertilizer requirements of sorghum and combining it with traits for enhanced biomass yield and quality

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Persephone’s fully scalable technology allows institutions to better organize, access and compare genetic information

Ceres’ early need for the ability to handle large amounts of plant genomic information led to the effort to develop a powerful, scalable bioinformatics technology system. As a result Persephone™ today is significantly more advanced than comparable products.

We use bioinformatics tools to develop new seed products and traits. We believe that Persephone has applications outside of the plant sciences, such as in biomedical research, where genomics data is analyzed and viewed in a similar manner to plants.

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