White sorghum plants are sweeter than red sorghum plants, and they are used as grain crops. Red sorghum plants are less tasty than white sorghum plants. However, red sorghum plants are beneficial to farmers in that birds are less likely to attack and eat them, and they make good beer.
Sorghum plants are usually planted directly from the seeds in rows, and they are planted in the spring. The plants grow in a variety of soils and are drought resistant. However, sorghum plants will grow better in soil that has been fertilized on the preset.
The characteristics of sorghum plants having originated in hot temperatures of Africa, being field crops, having the appearance of "cane-grass" and being drought resistant make the plants susceptible to stressful environments because the sorghum plants have the capability of being clustered together in a group, meaning that the plants are close enough where they can generate energy from the other plants. Also, they have the appearance of "cane-grass" helping them to be tall enough to withstand and guard the neighboring plants from the harsh temperatures.
Also, since the sorghum plants are drought resistant, they have the capability to go without water for long periods of time.