Sweet Sorghum Confirmed as a Superior Feedstock

On December 13, the University of Florida (“UF”) and their Institute for Food and Agricultural Science (“IFAS”) published a new study about Sweet Sorghum for the production of biofuel.

UF found that three (3) new IFAS developed varieties of Sorghum  can produce up to 1,000 gallons of Ethanol per acre.

According to Dr. Eulogio Castro , lead author on the Study and Dr. Wilfred Vermerris, co-author, there is substantial renewable fuel potential for Sweet Sorghum partly because it’s so abundant.

Sorghum is the fifth largest cereal crop in the world and the third largest in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In 2014, the U.S. was the largest producer of sorghum in the world. UF/IFAS scientists like sorghum because it can be cultivated twice a year in Florida, requires little fertilizer, uses water efficiently and can be drought resistant, UF/IFAS research shows.

The new study is published in the journal Industrial Crops & Products.

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 David Walker Jr. with mature Sweet Sorghum from The University of Florida

David Walker Jr. with mature Sweet Sorghum from The University of Florida