Pearl Millet is a warm-season, annual grass with a growth habit similar to sorghum-sudan, but without the potential for prussic acid poisoning. As a warm-season annual, pearl millet should be planted n the early summer and, like most crops, it will yield best in fertile,, well drained soils. It also will perform relatively well on sandy soils, acid soils, wet soil or when moisture and fertility are relatively low.
- Our first BMR Pearl Millet
- Dwarf plant with high leaf count
- No prussic acid potential
- Drought tolerate
- Excellent for summer grazing in continuous grazing
Pearl Millet will provide grazing 45-60 days after planting with yields that can reach over 6 tons of dry matter per year under good fertility. While rotational grazing will greatly improve grazing efficiency, pearl millet may be continuously grazed. Grazing or cutting may be initiated after plants get to 18″-24″ in height and regrowth is best if an 8″-10″ stubble height remains. An additional 40-50 units of N should be applied after first harvest or grazing to maximize regrowth. To avoid nitrate toxicity potential, do not apply excessive amounts of nitrogen or graze drought-stressed plants. While frosts will kill pearl millet similar to sorghum-sudan, it can still be grazed with no fear of prussic acid poisoning.
Pearl Millet should be planted in early summer when soil temperatures reach 60-65 degrees F. It can be either broadcast-seeded into a prepared seedbed or drilled. If broadcast soil must be firm prior to broadcasting and then culti-packed to insure a good seed-to-soil contact with seeding rates of 25-40 lbs/acre. If drilled, seeding rates should be 15-20 lbs/A with a seeding depth of 1/2″-1″.
For best results, soils should be soil tested and P2O5 and K2O applied accordingly. In the absence of a soil test, 70-90 lbs. of both P2O5 and K2O should be applied along with 60-70 units of N at seeding.
Nitrogen needs are between 1/4 to 1 unit of N per growing day and should be spoon-fed rather than applied all at once. In grazing situations, 1/2 unit per growing day of N will be more appropriate.
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