An upright, annual grass with a height of more than 8 feet, pearl millet. On a substantial cylindrical spike, seeds are generated. Long, pointy leaves with sharply serrated margins are seen. Despite the fact that pearl millet does not produce prussic acid, nitrate poisoning is a potential risk in some situations. Per pound, there are about 60,000 seeds.
Pearl millet will thrive on lower fertility soils, but it requires intermediate fertility for the best fodder production. Fertilize according to the advice of the soil test. In the absence of a soil test, fertilize at rates comparable to those used for other annual grass crops. Pearl millet should be started being grazed when it is between 18 and 30 inches tall and should be grazed down to 8 inches in 10 days. To guarantee the development of excellent quality forage for the following grazing season in three to four weeks, the residue must be cut to a minimum uniform height of eight inches after grazing. After a deadly frost, refrain from grazing until the plants are all brown (7 days). Wait until the plant regrowth is at least 18 inches tall if the plants have suffered frost damage.
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