Planting Pearl Millet

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Planting Pearl Millet

Post by pricefarm » Mon May 11, 2020 7:43 pm

Going to plant some pearl millet going to plant it on about a acre lot where I feed the cows this winter. Most of it is bare dirt. Would you plant some rye with it or just straight Millet ? I will be chisel plowing the ground first to bust it up some then run the disc over it. Going to broadcast my seed.



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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by JMJ Farms » Mon May 11, 2020 8:12 pm

pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:43 pm
Going to plant some pearl millet going to plant it on about a acre lot where I feed the cows this winter. Most of it is bare dirt. Would you plant some rye with it or just straight Millet ? I will be chisel plowing the ground first to bust it up some then run the disc over it. Going to broadcast my seed.
Too hot for rye here. Not sure about there but I’m guessing that it is if it’s warm enough for millet. I plant some TifLeaf 3 hybrid pearl millet every year. I’d plant it straight. Broadcast will work. Just be careful not to plant it to deep. And follow recommend seeding rate. Too thick can be counterproductive. Makes awesome grazing here. I think you’ll like it.
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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by pricefarm » Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:12 pm
pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:43 pm
Going to plant some pearl millet going to plant it on about a acre lot where I feed the cows this winter. Most of it is bare dirt. Would you plant some rye with it or just straight Millet ? I will be chisel plowing the ground first to bust it up some then run the disc over it. Going to broadcast my seed.
Too hot for rye here. Not sure about there but I’m guessing that it is if it’s warm enough for millet. I plant some TifLeaf 3 hybrid pearl millet every year. I’d plant it straight. Broadcast will work. Just be careful not to plant it to deep. And follow recommend seeding rate. Too thick can be counterproductive. Makes awesome grazing here. I think you’ll like it.
Thanks. How many pounds per acre do you seed ?

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by Bigfoot » Mon May 11, 2020 8:42 pm

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by Texasmark » Wed May 13, 2020 8:16 am

I tried PM once. Big flop. Did the soil prep, drilled seed. However, if you leave pasture unattended, Foxtail is everywhere, free.

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by callmefence » Wed May 13, 2020 9:05 am

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I tried PM once. Big flop. Did the soil prep, drilled seed. However, if you leave pasture unattended, Foxtail is everywhere, free.
Yep
Generally makes a pretty good stand. About half of what haygrazer gives. Them once you cut it or graze it it quits. I think there's a reason millet seed stays about the same and haygrazer has quadruple in five years
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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by VaCowman » Wed May 13, 2020 10:18 am

pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm
JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:12 pm
pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:43 pm
Going to plant some pearl millet going to plant it on about a acre lot where I feed the cows this winter. Most of it is bare dirt. Would you plant some rye with it or just straight Millet ? I will be chisel plowing the ground first to bust it up some then run the disc over it. Going to broadcast my seed.
Too hot for rye here. Not sure about there but I’m guessing that it is if it’s warm enough for millet. I plant some TifLeaf 3 hybrid pearl millet every year. I’d plant it straight. Broadcast will work. Just be careful not to plant it to deep. And follow recommend seeding rate. Too thick can be counterproductive. Makes awesome grazing here. I think you’ll like it.
Thanks. How many pounds per acre do you seed ?
I'm in SW VA, and I plant 25-30#/acre (drilled). if you are broadcasting, I'd up the rate some, and be sure to watch the weather and plant when you have rain coming. The top dries out really quick and can hurt broadcast plantings because they are so shallow. Prime 360 PM has done the best for us when we used PM. We have switched to AS9302 sudangrass. We are having problems getting the 9302 this year, so we are going with the 9301, which is the 9302 without the dwarf gene. (it gets taller, but has a bit more stem to it. We are grazing, so I'm not too concerned, just may have to adjust stocking rates up some to make sure we stay ahead of it. You need to put some N on it at planting. We use 1 unit of N/planned day of growth. You may not need that much since you are planting in a feed area, but I'd still put some down if you want to get some growth across the entire field, and not just where there is adequate N. Are you grazing or haying?

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by pricefarm » Wed May 13, 2020 3:38 pm

VaCowman wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 10:18 am
pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm
JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:12 pm

Too hot for rye here. Not sure about there but I’m guessing that it is if it’s warm enough for millet. I plant some TifLeaf 3 hybrid pearl millet every year. I’d plant it straight. Broadcast will work. Just be careful not to plant it to deep. And follow recommend seeding rate. Too thick can be counterproductive. Makes awesome grazing here. I think you’ll like it.
Thanks. How many pounds per acre do you seed ?
I'm in SW VA, and I plant 25-30#/acre (drilled). if you are broadcasting, I'd up the rate some, and be sure to watch the weather and plant when you have rain coming. The top dries out really quick and can hurt broadcast plantings because they are so shallow. Prime 360 PM has done the best for us when we used PM. We have switched to AS9302 sudangrass. We are having problems getting the 9302 this year, so we are going with the 9301, which is the 9302 without the dwarf gene. (it gets taller, but has a bit more stem to it. We are grazing, so I'm not too concerned, just may have to adjust stocking rates up some to make sure we stay ahead of it. You need to put some N on it at planting. We use 1 unit of N/planned day of growth. You may not need that much since you are planting in a feed area, but I'd still put some down if you want to get some growth across the entire field, and not just where there is adequate N. Are you grazing or haying?
Going to graze it. I was planning on putting about 60 units of N on it when I planted it.

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by Stocker Steve » Wed May 13, 2020 3:50 pm

[quote=VaCowman Prime 360 PM has done the best for us when we used PM. We have switched to AS9302 sudangrass. We are having problems getting the 9302 this year, so we are going with the 9301, which is the 9302 without the dwarf gene. (it gets taller, but has a bit more stem to it.
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Why switch from pearl millet to sudan grass?
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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by JMJ Farms » Wed May 13, 2020 6:32 pm

pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm
JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:12 pm
pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 7:43 pm
Going to plant some pearl millet going to plant it on about a acre lot where I feed the cows this winter. Most of it is bare dirt. Would you plant some rye with it or just straight Millet ? I will be chisel plowing the ground first to bust it up some then run the disc over it. Going to broadcast my seed.
Too hot for rye here. Not sure about there but I’m guessing that it is if it’s warm enough for millet. I plant some TifLeaf 3 hybrid pearl millet every year. I’d plant it straight. Broadcast will work. Just be careful not to plant it to deep. And follow recommend seeding rate. Too thick can be counterproductive. Makes awesome grazing here. I think you’ll like it.
Thanks. How many pounds per acre do you seed ?
25lbs/ac. I’m drilling. If broadcasting is probably go 35-40. Never tried it. 50 units N at planting. Try to graze at about 60 days. And usually 50 more units N at about 30 days after beginning grazing. It’s tricky. I try to keep it grazed down so it doesn’t head out but I don’t graze it under 6 inches if at all possible until about 120 days after I plant. I try to get 60-75 days worth of grazing. Sometimes I do. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. Best of luck to you.
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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by VaCowman » Tue May 19, 2020 12:07 pm

Stocker Steve wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 3:50 pm
[quote=VaCowman Prime 360 PM has done the best for us when we used PM. We have switched to AS9302 sudangrass. We are having problems getting the 9302 this year, so we are going with the 9301, which is the 9302 without the dwarf gene. (it gets taller, but has a bit more stem to it.
Why switch from pearl millet to sudan grass?

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by VaCowman » Tue May 19, 2020 12:11 pm

JMJ Farms wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 6:32 pm
pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm
JMJ Farms wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:12 pm

Too hot for rye here. Not sure about there but I’m guessing that it is if it’s warm enough for millet. I plant some TifLeaf 3 hybrid pearl millet every year. I’d plant it straight. Broadcast will work. Just be careful not to plant it to deep. And follow recommend seeding rate. Too thick can be counterproductive. Makes awesome grazing here. I think you’ll like it.
Thanks. How many pounds per acre do you seed ?
25lbs/ac. I’m drilling. If broadcasting is probably go 35-40. Never tried it. 50 units N at planting. Try to graze at about 60 days. And usually 50 more units N at about 30 days after beginning grazing. It’s tricky. I try to keep it grazed down so it doesn’t head out but I don’t graze it under 6 inches if at all possible until about 120 days after I plant. I try to get 60-75 days worth of grazing. Sometimes I do. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. Best of luck to you.
What is your stocking rate when you turn out at 60D? We tried 60D the first time we grazed it, but we've since moved that back to about 40-45d, with quicker rotations and higher stocking densities. We put 50 units of N at planting and then about 40 after first grazing. That seems to be our sweet spot. Ours started seeding out before we got through the first rotation. Not what we wanted, but supposedly, once it goes to seed, the quality goes up due to the seeds. I still prefer vegetative for grazing.

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by Stocker Steve » Tue May 19, 2020 1:07 pm

Would there be improved N utilization if you applied it a couple weeks after seeding?
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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by pricefarm » Tue May 19, 2020 7:16 pm

I planted mine on Friday afternoon. I spread 300 lbs of 19/19/19 per acre and disced it in. We got rain yesterday and today and it looks like rain for the next several days. I broadcasted around 40 lbs of seed per acre. We will see how it goes

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Re: Planting Pearl Millet

Post by JMJ Farms » Tue May 19, 2020 7:29 pm

VaCowman wrote:
Tue May 19, 2020 12:11 pm
JMJ Farms wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 6:32 pm
pricefarm wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 8:22 pm


Thanks. How many pounds per acre do you seed ?
25lbs/ac. I’m drilling. If broadcasting is probably go 35-40. Never tried it. 50 units N at planting. Try to graze at about 60 days. And usually 50 more units N at about 30 days after beginning grazing. It’s tricky. I try to keep it grazed down so it doesn’t head out but I don’t graze it under 6 inches if at all possible until about 120 days after I plant. I try to get 60-75 days worth of grazing. Sometimes I do. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. Best of luck to you.
What is your stocking rate when you turn out at 60D? We tried 60D the first time we grazed it, but we've since moved that back to about 40-45d, with quicker rotations and higher stocking densities. We put 50 units of N at planting and then about 40 after first grazing. That seems to be our sweet spot. Ours started seeding out before we got through the first rotation. Not what we wanted, but supposedly, once it goes to seed, the quality goes up due to the seeds. I still prefer vegetative for grazing.
I’m the past it has been 3 pairs to the acre. If we have good rainfall I don’t have to wait the full 60 days. But most of the time it’s pretty dry and hot. You are correct, 40 days is definitely better.
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