Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Bigfoot » Mon Dec 02, 2019 9:03 pm

SimAngHerf wrote:
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It’s all planted, and got a great stand. Never seen anything grow like the dwarf ss.
How did your pearl millet and SS turn out? I have used millet for a cover crop to help clean up a field and been astonished by how fast it will germinate and get to 30”. Plan to do about 45 acres in baleage this coming summer.
Mixed reviews, but I will do more next year. I grazed the millet, so I never will know its actual production was.

My already established fescue made about 7800 of hay to the acre..The SS made about 5000, I sometimes forget that I grazed it for two weeks. It really pulled me through a slump there. The SS was planted on the poorest soil on the farm though.

It was succesful in that only broomsedge was growing on this field. I made several rolls of hay, and got 2 weeks of grazing where once there was nothing.

The roundup, SS, and fertilizer seem too have beat the broomsadge back. If it stays gone a few years, I will be very happy.

I probably will do another field this year, and plant straight Sudan. I'll graze it.

Fed the first of the rolls not too long ago. There was literally zero waste. Some of the stems had gotten pretty big. They ate em same as the leaves. I was happy to see that. I have fed over mature Johnson grass before, and there was half left behind from just the stems.

just calculating seed, fertilizer, and chemical I had more in it per roll, than I would have liked to have seen. Of course if I had made a 3rd cutting that would have brought the price down.


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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by SimAngHerf » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:59 am

Did you harvest it with disc cutter or moco? I haven’t been around any baled SS so I’m concerned how the taller stalks will bale.

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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Bigfoot » Tue Dec 03, 2019 11:24 am

SimAngHerf wrote:
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Did you harvest it with disc cutter or moco? I haven’t been around any baled SS so I’m concerned how the taller stalks will bale.
I don't have a MOCO.

At the urging of many (not here BTW), I made the first cut with a bushhog. Everybodies theory was that my drum mower would mow it too close and kill it. Also general belief was the bushhog would chop it smaller and it would dry faster. I made the first cut with a bushhog. Tractor squashed some down, and didn't cut it. I also thought it killed some.

Made second cut with a drum mower. It got it all of course, but I thought it killed an equal amount as the bushhog.

I saw no difference in dry time, but I'm certain the drum mower does thin the stand. My guess is, that a disc mower would do a better job. A drum mower just mows a little closer than a disc.

I have cut johnson grass when it got too tall many times with a bushhog. This stuff is tender compared to JG.
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Re: Advice on dwarf Sudan and pearl millet

Post by Allenw » Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:39 am

I didn't get anything done right this year my pearl millet was mature when I cut it and I didn't have enough fertilizer on it. I've been feeding some and it seems to be adequate for cow hay, they do leave the stems but they are a hard stem. The smaller stems should be easier to drill back into then sudex. I'm considering trying some mixed with sudex for a better overall yeild then just by itself.

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