Shallu, or "Egyptian Wheat": A Late-Maturing Variety of Sorghum Page: 2
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S HALLU is a late-maturing variety of sorghum
which has been exploited under many names,
most recently as "Egyptian wheat" and "Mexican
Desert wheat corn." Its value has been misrepre-
sented greatly and the seed has been sold at much
higher prices than it is really worth.
Shallu was imported from India about 1890
under the name "Egyptian wheat" by the Louisi-
ana Agricultural Experiment Station. It has since
been distributed rather widely, particularly in the
southern Great Plains. It requires from 125 to 140
days to mature, and because of its late maturity is
more likely to be injured by drought than the
earlier varieties of kafir and milo. The large, open
heads are attractive when filled with ripe grain
and give the appearance of producing high yields.
Under the most favorable dry-land conditions,
however, the yields are lower than those of kafir
and milo, and in unfavorable years shallu often
fails entirely. In addition, the stalks are slender
and easily blown down by storms, making the crop
difficult to harvest.
Shallu is not a dependable dry-land grain crop
for Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Texas
and can not be recommended where milo and kafir
can be grown successfully.
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Rothgeb, Benton E. Shallu, or "Egyptian Wheat": A Late-Maturing Variety of Sorghum, pamphlet, 1917; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc96470/m1/2/: accessed February 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.