Lantern Forage Sorghum - Elders Rural Services

Lantern Forage Sorghum

Key Features

  • Sweet leafy feed with potential for high dry matter yields
  • Suitable pit silage production, grazing and stand over feed for winter
  • High level of plant sugars and excellent palatability
  • Good recovery after cutting and grazing
  • Excellent early vigour
  • Displays good tolerance in dry conditions
  • Displays good leaf disease resistance
  • Versatile
  • Suited to round bale hay
  • Sweet leafy feed to support high daily live weight gains in beef cattle


Lantern is a sweet sorghum hybrid forage sorghum. Lantern has excellent hybrid vigour with mid to late maturity and a very wide cutting window.


Lantern produces high levels of sweet, palatable feed with high dry matter production. Being a sweet sorghum, Lantern has a very high leaf to stem ratio. It is suitable for pit silage production, grazing or as stand over feed. It is also an excellent bridging crop into oats and this management strategy can lead to higher weight gains through better utilisation of oats crops and less scouring. Lantern can adapt to both high and low rainfall conditions and has excellent silage potential.

Agronomy, Disease Resistance and Tolerance

Lantern has displayed good disease resistances. As with all forage sorghum, feed testing is recommended prior to feeding livestock to measure prussic acid and nitrate levels especially in early growth grazing or in stressed conditions. For more information on feed management of forage sorghums, such as the use of supplement blocks, refer to your local agronomist or state government primary producer websites.

Suggested Sowing Rates

  • Dryland marginal 3 – 5 kg/ha
  • Dryland good 6– 12 kg/ha
  • Irrigation 15 – 25 kg/ha

Talk to your local agronomist for more information and advice

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This variety is registered under Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) in Australia. Information provided here is a guide only. Results can vary greatly depending on climate, soil and local circumstances. This information sheet should not be used as a replacement for expert advice or judgement. Conditions for Sale and Restrictions on Use are listed on the bag and should be referred to. All liability is excluded to the full extent permitted by law.