Siberian Millet is a warm-season annual grass and a foxtail type millet. It is a shorter variety that is commonly planted as a single-cut hay millet. Siberian Millet is the fastest maturing hay millet and will reach maturity about a week earlier than German or White Wonder Millet. It works well grown as a forage in very dry conditions or in northern climates with a short growing season. It produces hay that will cure easily and be palatable for livestock. Siberian Millet is very drought tolerant and will grow rapidly during hot summer conditions.
- Planting Time: Late Spring – Mid Summer
- Millet needs a minimum soil temperature of 60 degrees to germinate
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 20-25 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seed Depth: 1/2” – ¾”
- Millet can also be broadcasted and rolled or packed to gain seed to soil contact
- Siberian millet requires approximately 10 lbs of N, 5 lbs of P2O5, and 12 lbs of K2O per ton of forage produced.
- Apply ½ rate of nitrogen before or immediately after planting, and the other ½ rate 30 days after emergence.
- If crop is intended for multiple cuttings, split apply the total rates recommended between each cutting.
- Do not exceed a total of 10 lbs/a of N+K if fertilizer is placed in-furrow at planting.
Plant into a clean, weed-free seedbed and consider using the herbicide options below for optimal weed control:
|Timing||Herbicide||Rate||Notes||Weeds Controlled||Control Method|
|Preplant or Preemergence||Glyphosate**||32 oz/a||Apply any time before crop emergence.||Grasses & Broadleaves||Contact|
|Post- emergence||Comet (Fluroxypyr)||0.5-0.67 pts/a||Apply between the 2-leaf stage and before early boot stage.||Broadleaves||Contact|
|2,4-D Amine (2,4-D)||0.5-1 pt/a||Apply from 5-leaf stage to early boot stage.||Broadleaves||Contact|
*Always read and follow label instructions before application.
Disclaimer: All products and rates were provided by university-based sources and product labels. Always follow label instructions and consult your local chemical dealer and seed dealer before making any applications or planting of seed.
- Siberian Millet should be cut for hay between late boot stage and early seedhead emergence.
- Harvest can be delayed until millet is more mature, but palatability declines significantly with mature seed heads.
- Millets are less likely to have high levels of nitrates than other warm-season forages such as sorghum. Under drought conditions, nitrate levels may rise and caution should be used if haying or grazing. There are no prussic acid concerns with millets.