Siberian Millet

$0.90 /lb

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.

Product Guide

Planting

  • 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

Fertility

  • 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.

Weed Control

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.

Harvest Management

  • 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.

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