Piper Sudangrass

Untreated Seed


  • Piper sudangrass seed for sale
  • Annual grass with finer stems and higher quality compared to sorghum-sudangrass and forage sorghum, but will yield less (3-5 tons/acre dry)
  • Coarser than Japanese millet
  • Grows 4’ to 7’ tall

Best Use: Hay, grazing, green chop, silage, or baleage.

Adaptation: Likes hot weather.

Management: Harvest 6” above ground for excellent regrowth potential. When harvested early (30”), sudangrass contains high levels of energy and protein. Quality and energy significantly reduced after heading. Manage potential for prussic acid and nitrate build-up.

Planting Date: Late-May – early July (soil at 62°F+)

Seeding: Drill 20-30 lbs/acre ¾”-½” deep or broadcast 25-35 lbs/acre. (Use high end of the rate for hay production.)

$68.00 / 50lb Bag

Piper Sudangrass
Performance Table
Species NameDrilledBroadcast/AerialIn MixApprox. Seeds/lbSeeding Date RangeSeeding DepthWinter Kill
Piper Sudangrass
Max Italian Ryegrass15-2025-304-5227,000March-May, Aug-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes
Viking 100 Brand Sorghum-Sudangrass20-2530-355-1018,000Mid May-Early July½ - 1 inchYes
Viking 150 Brand Sorghum-Sudangrass
Japanese Millet25-3532-505-15145,000Late May-July½ - 1 inch
German Foxtail Millet
Proso Millet20-3030-455-1580,000Late May-July½ - 1 inch
Hybrid Grain Sorghum (Milo)
Grain Sorghum - Open-Pollinated
Winter Rye50-10012015025-7518,000Aug-Nov½ - ¾ inchNo
RootMax Annual Ryegrass
Annual Ryegrass15-2025-305-1018,000Mid May-Early July¼ - ½ inchYes
Green Spirit Italian Ryegrass
Winter Triticale30-10060-12015-4015,000Aug-Early Oct½ - 1 ½ inches


Click here to learn more about Alternative Forage Crops. by Dr. Dan Undersander, Forage Agronomist at the University of Wisconsin.