Sorghum syrup can be homegrown or purchased as a syrup; it is a great natural sweetener. This tasty product is highlighted in "Sweet Sorghum" by George Kuepper with the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture. His book explains growing sorghum and sorghum production.
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Hand cutting can be done with any tool suitable for severing thick-stalked vegetation. Machetes and corn knives are two of the more effective implements. Some old-time growers use a sharpened hoe attached to a shortened handle.
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