Varieties available: Japanese, Shirohie, Siberian and White French
- Quick maturing summer crop
- Suitable for grazing, hay and silage production
- Tolerates moderate levels of soil salinity
Millet is another forage crop alternative, mainly sown late spring when soil temperatures are very high and there has been good summer rainfall. The great value of millet lies in its fast grownig habit providing quick feed during the hot dry months of January to March. It can be grazed within 6 weeks of emergence depending on rainfall; it is palatable to sheep and cattle and is completely free of prussic acid, which occurs in forage sorghums. It is not very drought tolerant and will quickly run to seed under moisture stress or cold temperatures. Soil temperature requirement at is sowing is 14-16 degrees.
There are two main varieties: Japanese and Shirohie, and both have similar characteristics. Millet can preform quite well under irrigation, especially under warm conditions in December/January. Millet is generally the last resort by farmers late in the season, to get quick feed for their stock.
Sowing rates: approximately 15-25kg/ha alone or 10 kg/ha with herbs and clovers.
Rainfall: Min 600mm with irrigation