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pearl millet and cow peas

Post by skyhightree1 » Fri May 03, 2019 10:33 am

Has anyone ever planted pearl millet with cow peas? If so how did that workout?


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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by ValleyView » Fri May 03, 2019 2:06 pm

Just did a few weeks ago along with quite a few other varieties. Would be happy to report back in a few weeks.
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by skyhightree1 » Fri May 03, 2019 2:11 pm

ValleyView wrote:
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Just did a few weeks ago along with quite a few other varieties. Would be happy to report back in a few weeks.
Please do
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by 1982vett » Fri May 03, 2019 7:47 pm

I did a test run back in 2011 to see if it would work....but everything was a failure that year so nothing to report.
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by skyhightree1 » Fri May 03, 2019 8:55 pm

1982vett wrote:
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I did a test run back in 2011 to see if it would work....but everything was a failure that year so nothing to report.
Definitely wasn't a good year
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by jdg » Fri May 10, 2019 4:54 pm

I've been planting summer annual mixes for the past 6 years in south Ga. These are my favorite species...roughly in order:
Pearl Millet (tif leaf 3 and BMR 360 King agri)
Sunn Hemp
Sorghum Sudan (fear the sugar cane aphid if you're in the south...i only put a few pounds in)
Crabgrass
Cowpea

and this year i'll be adding: buckwheat, Sunflower, Alyce Clover, and Okra. These mostly for soil health, and not because cows love them.

Cowpeas can't really keep up with the growth of the millets and Sudans...you get some second growth after your first graze if you don't hit it too hard the first time through, but the sunn hemp is the heavy lifter legume...its grows like crazy.

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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri May 10, 2019 5:36 pm

skyhightree1 wrote:
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Has anyone ever planted pearl millet with cow peas? If so how did that workout?
I do with soybeans and sorghum.
Makes a fine food plot.
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by Nesikep » Fri May 10, 2019 5:42 pm

jdg wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:54 pm
I've been planting summer annual mixes for the past 6 years in south Ga. These are my favorite species...roughly in order:
Pearl Millet (tif leaf 3 and BMR 360 King agri)
Sunn Hemp
Sorghum Sudan (fear the sugar cane aphid if you're in the south...i only put a few pounds in)
Crabgrass
Cowpea

and this year i'll be adding: buckwheat, Sunflower, Alyce Clover, and Okra. These mostly for soil health, and not because cows love them.

Cowpeas can't really keep up with the growth of the millets and Sudans...you get some second growth after your first graze if you don't hit it too hard the first time through, but the sunn hemp is the heavy lifter legume...its grows like crazy.
didn't realize sunn hemp was a legume, I thought it was a grass... I've considered Pearl millet but it's hard to get seed here.

We've done a lot of buckwheat, our problem with it is it wants SOOO much water in our temps and irrigation just knocks it down flat.. it'll grow 6 ft high but be 6" off the ground doing it... we use it for green manure alone
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by snoopdog » Fri May 10, 2019 7:19 pm

jdg wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:54 pm
I've been planting summer annual mixes for the past 6 years in south Ga. These are my favorite species...roughly in order:
Pearl Millet (tif leaf 3 and BMR 360 King agri)
Sunn Hemp
Sorghum Sudan (fear the sugar cane aphid if you're in the south...i only put a few pounds in)
Crabgrass
Cowpea

and this year i'll be adding: buckwheat, Sunflower, Alyce Clover, and Okra. These mostly for soil health, and not because cows love them.

Cowpeas can't really keep up with the growth of the millets and Sudans...you get some second growth after your first graze if you don't hit it too hard the first time through, but the sunn hemp is the heavy lifter legume...its grows like crazy.
What is your normal rainfall after first graze, and about a date on the calendar. It seems you're pretty humid there, just going off my experiences traveling.
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by Stocker Steve » Fri May 10, 2019 9:52 pm

jdg wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:54 pm
I've been planting summer annual mixes for the past 6 years in south Ga. These are my favorite species...roughly in order:
Pearl Millet (tif leaf 3 and BMR 360 King agri)
Sunn Hemp
Sorghum Sudan (fear the sugar cane aphid if you're in the south...i only put a few pounds in)
Crabgrass
Cowpea

and this year i'll be adding: buckwheat, Sunflower, Alyce Clover, and Okra. These mostly for soil health, and not because cows love them.

Cowpeas can't really keep up with the growth of the millets and Sudans...you get some second growth after your first graze if you don't hit it too hard the first time through, but the sunn hemp is the heavy lifter legume...its grows like crazy.
Why do you like pearl millet more than sorghum sudan ?
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by Banjo » Sat May 11, 2019 6:24 am

jdg wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:54 pm
I've been planting summer annual mixes for the past 6 years in south Ga. These are my favorite species...roughly in order:
Pearl Millet (tif leaf 3 and BMR 360 King agri)
Sunn Hemp
Sorghum Sudan (fear the sugar cane aphid if you're in the south...i only put a few pounds in)
Crabgrass
Cowpea

and this year i'll be adding: buckwheat, Sunflower, Alyce Clover, and Okra. These mostly for soil health, and not because cows love them.

Cowpeas can't really keep up with the growth of the millets and Sudans...you get some second growth after your first graze if you don't hit it too hard the first time through, but the sunn hemp is the heavy lifter legume...its grows like crazy.
Do you drill this mix into existing pasture?

That's my opinion.....feel free to make it yours.

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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by callmefence » Sat May 11, 2019 7:20 am

Stocker Steve wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 9:52 pm
jdg wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:54 pm
I've been planting summer annual mixes for the past 6 years in south Ga. These are my favorite species...roughly in order:
Pearl Millet (tif leaf 3 and BMR 360 King agri)
Sunn Hemp
Sorghum Sudan (fear the sugar cane aphid if you're in the south...i only put a few pounds in)
Crabgrass
Cowpea

and this year i'll be adding: buckwheat, Sunflower, Alyce Clover, and Okra. These mostly for soil health, and not because cows love them.

Cowpeas can't really keep up with the growth of the millets and Sudans...you get some second growth after your first graze if you don't hit it too hard the first time through, but the sunn hemp is the heavy lifter legume...its grows like crazy.
Why do you like pearl millet more than sorghum sudan ?
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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by jdg » Sat May 11, 2019 6:55 pm

pearl millet is a little easier to manage (Sorghum Sudan has a tendency to get stemmier) and grows in lower pH soils...it also does not attract sugar cane aphids, if you are within their reach. You can probably get slightly better ADG's out of SS.

In south GA, we can often start planting summer annuals in mid to late April, and as late as early July. (you can plant them later, but might only get one graze).

I've overseeded annuals in fields that we manage no-till for summer and winter annuals, planted them in perennial pastures, and in clean till. They do best in clean till, next in annual no-till, and usually perform the least overseeded in perennial pastures. Obviously the more fertility and moisture you have, the better. A lot of our annual plantings we can irrigate, but not all.

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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by jdg » Sat May 11, 2019 6:57 pm

Pearl Millet also has an amazing ability to survive very little moisture, and then grows exponentially once it receives water.

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Re: pearl millet and cow peas

Post by Texasmark » Sun May 12, 2019 6:39 am

jdg wrote:
Fri May 10, 2019 4:54 pm
I've been planting summer annual mixes for the past 6 years in south Ga. These are my favorite species...roughly in order:
Pearl Millet (tif leaf 3 and BMR 360 King agri)
Sunn Hemp
Sorghum Sudan (fear the sugar cane aphid if you're in the south...i only put a few pounds in)
Crabgrass
Cowpea

and this year i'll be adding: buckwheat, Sunflower, Alyce Clover, and Okra. These mostly for soil health, and not because cows love them.

Cowpeas can't really keep up with the growth of the millets and Sudans...you get some second growth after your first graze if you don't hit it too hard the first time through, but the sunn hemp is the heavy lifter legume...its grows like crazy.
Mind sharing your soil type and average PH?

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