A warm-season, multicut forage grass and green manure.
Pearl Millet is a tall, erect bunchgrass that will grow 6-15' in height. It is high in protein, highly digestible, and free of prussic acid. Commonly used for hay, pasture, and silage for feeding cattle, horses, goats, and other livestock, it is also a very good green manure. Well adapted to low soil moisture, low fertility, and high temperatures. Does not germinate well in cool soils; plant only once soil has warmed. Avg. 66,500 seeds/lb.
USE: Pearl Millet is a warm-season grass that is used as a forage, cover, or grain crop. CULTURE: Pearl millet is well adapted to growing areas characterized by drought, low soil fertility, and high temperatures. It performs well in soils with high salinity or low pH, but prefers a pH of 6.0. Because of its tolerance to difficult growing conditions, it can be grown in areas where other grain crops, such as corn or wheat, would not survive. SEEDING RATE: Sow ½-1" deep. Rates vary from 4-10 lb./acre depending on seeding method. May be planted in rows, drilled, or broadcast. If the stand is not thick, it will send tillers out and fill in the gaps.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
60-70 bloom, 90-100 grain
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).