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.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pennisetum glaucum 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 to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
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).