Forage Millet grown in Lincoln Nebraska. photo courtesy of Ismail Dweikat
In Wisconsin tests, pearl millet did especially well, having more height and mass than the other millets and better weed suppression than most other crops, says VanderVelde. It yielded 4.8 tons per acre of dry matter,
Millets all handled the heat better than most of the other crops.
The millet crops’ height averaged about 35” when they were cut 65 days after planting, except for the pearl millet, which grew to nearly 6’ tall and yielded 4.8 tons per acre of dry matter. Crude protein levels were 10.4% for pearl millet, 12.5% for German millet and 14.2% for Japanese millet. One down side is limited regrowth after cutting.
All of the millets also were some of the lowest in seed cost per acre, at around $15. That makes them a very efficient way to get a lot of forage with just one cut.