Pearl Millet

Millet Forage

Pearl Millet

Pearl millet has low water use and crude protein of the hay might be around 13%.  Pearl millet tends to produce higher tonnage than the foxtail millets or Sudan grass on sandy soils.  Prussic acid toxicity is not present in pearl millet.  Four to six weeks of growth or 24-30” are recommended before grazing.  Plants grazed before this point may have nitrate levels toxic to livestock.  Drought stresses pearl millet, causing nitrate levels to be higher than normal.  Two distinct advantages over sorghum or proso, seed will not over-winter in moist soil, and there are no wild relatives in the U.S. to naturally outcross, so it would not become a weed in subsequent crops.

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