Quick to graze, spring/summer forage grass
Fast growing summer forage millet
- Fast growing summer grass
- Safe, good quality feed
- Excellent regrowth after cutting
- Plant on 14 degrees Celsius soil temperatures and rising
- Multiple cuts per season
- Quick grazing rotation and excellent companion for other summer forage species
|Life Span||9 months|
|Seeding Rate - Dryland (kg/ha)||10 - 15|
|Seeding Rate - High Rainfall/Irrigation (kg/ha)||30 - 40|
|Hard Seed Level 1 = Least Hard 10 = Most Hard • Burr Burial Strength 1 = Very Weak 10 = Very Strong|
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- Annual Summer grass
- Can be drilled into moist soil
- Good emergence from depth to 50 millimetres
- Relatively easy to establish on black cracking-clay soils
- Vigorous seedlings
- High growth rate
- Salt tolerant
- Suitable for silage or hay
- Does not contain prussic acid (HCN)
- Needs moderate to high fertility
- Sowing should occur once soil temps are less than 14°C and rising
- Seedlings slow in early stage below 20°C
- Intolerant of waterlogging
- Does not tolerate frosts
A robust, multi-stemmed annual grass.
Stems erect, 150 to 300 centimetres long, 10 to 20 millimetres diameter. Nodes are bearded and slightly swollen.
Ligule is a fringe of hairs. Leaf blades are flat, 50 to 100 centimetres long and 8 to 70 millimetres wide.
Seedhead is a compact, cylindrical spike-like panicle.
Wedge-shaped seeds are 3 to 4 millimetres long and colour depends on variety. About 187,000 seeds per kilogram.
Pasture Type and Use
It is used as an annual summer forage crop for cattle or sheep.
Rainfall greater than 500 millimetres per year and soil moisture stored during fallow are required for satisfactory forage crop production.
It is adapted to fertile loams to heavy cracking clays.
It grows during the warm season and tops are killed by heavy frost.
Lablab, cowpea, red clover.
3 to 7 kilograms per hectare.
10 to 40 kilograms per hectare.
It is sown from spring to late summer.
Fertiliser application of 15 to 20 kilograms per hectare P, 50 to 100 kilograms per hectare N and 50 to 100 kilograms per hectare K, if grown for hay, may be used to produce satisfactory forage crops.
100 kilograms N per hectare after grazing will increase late season production.
Millet should not be grazed until plants are well anchored, 20 to 30 centimetres is the rule of thumb. Under ideal conditions this can be as quick as six weeks. Graze regularly to restrict plant from going to head. As plant matures feed quality reduces.
There is little chance of spread.
It has negligible weed potential.
Helicoverpa spp. can damage developing heads and should be controlled in seed crops.
Head mould and ergot can reduce seed yield.
It is killed by glyphosate.
Forage quality depends on soil type and fertility, fertilisers applied, rainfall and age of the crop.
High and usually higher for tetraploid cultivars.
No known problems except unpalatability in some droughted crops.