Summer Select Perform pearl millet is an improved variety used mainly for cattle forage and hay production during the warm season. Perform has excellent seeding vigor and medium maturity.
1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent
Recovery After Cutting: 5
Leaf Disease Resistance: 4
Sugarcane Aphid Tolerance: 5
Single Silage Cut: 4
Rapid Dry Down: 4
- Grazing – recommended begin height is 18-30 in. with a stop height of 6-7 in. (or at least 2 nodes)
- Hay/Baleage – suitable for dry hay or baleage at 40 days or 40 in. tall
If desired, this product can be planted in rows and harvested similar to a forage sorghum or silage corn
Emergence (days): 3-5
Soil Temperature: 65 F
Depth (in.): 1/2-1
Dryland Seeding (lbs./acre): 10-15
Irrigation/Hi-Rain Seeding (lbs./acre): 10-15 (up to 20)
- Planting date should be after the day length exceeds 12 hrs. and 20 mins.
- Can be no-tilled into stubble of winter and spring crops
- Do not plant in soil with pH greater than 7.5 as iron chlorosis can be a problem
- Under favorable conditions, 1-1.25 lbs. of nitrogen/day of planned growth should be available for maximum production, with little risk for nitrate poisoning. For example, for a planned 40 day harvest, 40-45 lbs. of N should be available.
- Keep N/sulfur levels at 5:1 to ensure N is converted to protein
- Potassium levels should be maintained similar to that of corn
- If soil pH is greater than 7.2, an application of iron may be necessary to prevent iron chlorosis
Harvest & Management Tips:
- Dry hay and/or baleage are applicable where and when proper harvest management is followed. Dry hay is suited for areas with less moisture and humidity; baleage offers more flexibility in all other areas.
- Harvest at proper moisture (yield and quality are maximized between 60-72%)
- Wide windows are required for baleage products to ensure rapid dry down
- For silage, keep chop length uniform (around 1/2 in.)
Avoiding Nitrate & Prussic Acid Poisoning:
- Do not harvest drought stricken plants within four days following a heavy rain
- Do not apply N prior to expected drought periods
- If in doubt, cut at higher stubble height as nitrates tend to accumulate in the lower stalk
- When questions about livestock safety remain, get forage tested promptly