The drought of the last two years has made many farmers think about future alternatives in arable farming and for fodder production. Sorghum is increasingly coming into focus here, as the crop shows high stress tolerance to abiotic factors. It copes well with lower water volumes, has low soil requirements at the same time and can use nitrogen highly efficiently. Sorghum ranks 5th in the world in terms of cereal acreage and is very versatile. It can be used in human and animal food as well as for biomass production.