Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Richnm » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:39 pm

How many cows per irrigated acre? Grazing


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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Stocker Steve » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:17 pm

Higher tonnage (std) vs. higher relative food value & higher seed cost (brown rib).
Beef cows don't need brown rib RFV, but they may clean up the brown rib stalks better?
I think grazing the std SS sooner, and then inter seeding seeding a fall mix, would be a good approach that can regenerate soil.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Texasmark » Tue Apr 09, 2019 8:05 am

I planted Pearl Millet once! I usually plant SS but not the dwarf variety...I like Gotcha Plus.

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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Bigfoot » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:02 am

I've turned my whole herd in on the field where the dwarf sorghum sudan is going. Just trying to get as much of what grass is there eaten up, before I plant/spray (I know I'd get a better kill with more leaf). Still not sure about the advice I recieved to cut it with a bushhog? The guy says the drum mower will cut it too low, and I'll be happier with the stems busted up, as opposed to just laid over intact. There is enough broom sedge on this field, I'd like to get it off, but it's also to thin to get to burn. I guess I'll just roll it up dead with the first cutting, and let the cows sort through it. Have given some thought to cutting raking and hopefully burning the windrows. Still open to any advice. I have put up my share of sudex, but never this stuff.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by cowrancher75 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:05 am

could always try have the field with the hog and half with the drum. it would be better to bust those stems up one way or another.

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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by True Grit Farms » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:12 am

I like the idea of rotary mowing pearl millet for hay. Seems like maybe you could get it to dry down in a few days. Pearl millet cut with a disc mower won't hardly dry and the stalks were hard on my tedder.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Richnm » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:17 am

The SS Piper yielded 120 bales an acre 70 pound bales and grew back very aggressive. They didn’t eat stalks as well so I sprayed a little molasses on the stalks and they cleaned it up. I got 4 cuttings
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Richnm » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:41 am

I tried honeygraze on 50 acres a bmr last year. It didn’t grow back . All my land is flood irrigated so it wasn’t a drought issue.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Bigfoot » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:57 pm

Richnm wrote:
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The SS Piper yielded 120 bales an acre 70 pound bales and grew back very aggressive. They didn’t eat stalks as well so I sprayed a little molasses on the stalks and they cleaned it up. I got 4 cuttings
I could be happy with that.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Bigfoot » Wed May 15, 2019 1:02 pm

Planted most of the dwarf sudan yesterday. Ran out of seed, with 3 acres left to go. Pearl millet won't be in til Tuesday. Hope this stuff comes up. Getting expensive.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Bigfoot » Sun May 26, 2019 11:47 pm

It’s all planted, and got a great stand. Never seen anything grow like the dwarf ss.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Allenw » Mon May 27, 2019 7:13 am

planted into warm, moist soil ss will jump out of the ground.

Maybe it will dry up enough to plant some day here. If every thing had went like normal I would be looking at taking a first cutting of pearl millet soon.

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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Bigfoot » Mon May 27, 2019 8:07 am

Allenw wrote:
Mon May 27, 2019 7:13 am
planted into warm, moist soil ss will jump out of the ground.

Maybe it will dry up enough to plant some day here. If every thing had went like normal I would be looking at taking a first cutting of pearl millet soon.
How close do you cut yours?
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Allenw » Mon May 27, 2019 9:58 am

I usually cut 4 to 6 inches or so going to cut higher this year and see if it recovers faster. I think staying on top of it and cutting earlier might help some too.

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