Field Crops

HYBRID PEARL MILLET

#1253 | Pennisetum glaucum

Summary

Pearl Millet is a tall, erect small grained grass that produces several stems from a central point. Pearl Millet originated in Africa where it has been grown for over 4000 years. Pearl Millet can grow to a height of six feet or more but optimal height for grazing is about two feet. Optimal hay production and quality can be realized if harvested between two to three feet tall or just prior to “boot” stage. Pearl Millet does not produce Prussic Acid and is, therefore, safer for horse hay or grazing.  However, Pearl Millet can contain high Nitrates so be sure to manage this condition and have the forage tested before grazing or baling. Hybrid Pearl Millet refers to Pearl Millet that has been crossbred between different varieties in order to improve grain or forage production. Hybrid Pearl Millet is relatively fast to establish and mature and thus can often provide valuable forage in relatively short order. It is relatively drought hardy and is adapted to a wide variety of soil types including sandy soils. Pearl Millet grain is highly sought after by many bird species especially ground feeding game birds and therefore can be an excellent component in wildlife food plots.

Plant Characteristics
Taxonomy

Zone

Regional Growing Zone
1 - Northwest Coastal, 2 - California Coastal, 3 - Southern Mountain, 4 - Mountain, 5 - Midwest, 6 - Northeast Lakes, 7 - Great Lakes South, 8 - Appalacia, 9 - Southeast, 10 - South Florida, 11 - South Texas, 12 - Southwest
USDA Plant Hardiness Zones
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Temperature Zone
Warm, Cool, Transitional

Plant Characteristics

Height
24" - 60"
Leaf Color
Green
Growing Cycle
Annual
Sun Requirement
Full Sun

Plant Information

Planting Season
Summer
Plant Depth
0.5" - 1"
Minimum Soil Temp for Germination
65° F
Establishment
Easy

Seed Information

Seeds Per Pound
60,000
Kingdom
Plantae
Subkingdom
Tracheobionta
Super Division
Spermatophyta
Division
Magnoliophyta
Class
LILIOPSIDA
Subclass
COMMELINIDAE
Order
CYPERALES
Family
POACEAE
Genus
PENNEISETUM
Species
Pennisetum glaucum

Coverage Area & Available Sizes

COVERAGE: 12-15 LBS PER ACRE DRILLED OR 20-25 LBS PER ACRE BROADCAST

AVAILABLE SIZES:

Applications

Forage & Grazing

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