Carlos Juliano Brant Albuquerque Sr., EPAMIG Oeste, Minas Gerais State Agricultural Research Corporation - EPAMIG, Uberaba, Brazil, Erika Alice Nascimento Resende, Centro Universitário do Triângulo - UNITRI, Uberlândia, Brazil and César Henrique Souza Zandonadi, Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Uberlândia, Brazil
To recommend a forage sorghum cultivar for forage production it isn’t only necessary for this cultivar to have high dry biomass production but also important for the forage to have high nutritional value. Among the factors that can affect forage quality, digestibility is the one of most importance. The breeding programs to obtain sorghum hybrids in Brazil should emphasis to the direct development of cultivars with greater dry matter yields and better digestibility of forage. To achieve this objective, it was necessary to verify the existence of variation among sorghum inbred lines relative to these characters and 49 recombinant inbred F4 lines of sorghum of a same population were planted in a 7 x 7 simple lattice design, with two replications in the county of Uberlândia, Brazil, during the 2013 crop year. Plants were harvested during the late-dough stage of kernel development and weighed to determine fresh and dry matter (DM) forage yields. Forage quality was evaluated by neutral detergent fiber (NDF). Evidence of genetic variability in inbred lines F4 were observed for forage quality and forage production. An inbreed line with greater performance for DM yield and thirty three with best NDF were also observed. The best inbreed lines will be used in future diallel crossings to find new hybrids and evaluate their combining ability.