(Sorghum bicolor) Sorghum is one of Africa’s greatest contributions to the world’s agricultural diversity, and it is a traditional crop in the South. Adaptable and drought tolerant, sorghum varieties exist that provide grain, sweet syrup, animal fodder, or sometimes, more than one crop from a single planting! The main requirement for sorghum is heat. Ideal germination temperature is 75F. Sow seeds about ½ inch deep a couple of weeks after spring frosts are over and soil is really warm. Seeds will germinate in 5-10 days. Space plants 8-12 inches apart. Ordinary garden soil and moisture are sufficient to get a crop, although sorghum may be more productive under better conditions. Seeds are ready to harvest when they can be dented with a fingernail. Seeds are ripe at about the same time as the sugar content of the stalks reaches its maximum. Cut down stalks before heavy frost.