Japanese Millet Seed – 50lb Bag

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Shipping Weight: 50lbs

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Pasture Seed Rate: 10-15 lbs/acre
Seed Depth: 1/4in - 1/2in
Planting Time: Spring-Summer
pH: 5.5-7

Japanese Millet Seed – 50lb Bag

Japanese Millet Seed 50lb Bag

Japanese Millet seed is one of the varieties of millet harvested by Wise Seed Company. It is planted from April—July for harvest, or as late as early October for erosion control applications. Japanese Millet will tolerate wet and muddy soil conditions while growing and can even be slightly flooded while growing as long as the leaves remain above water. The seed will mature on the stalk in 45—60 days. Japanese millet seed is often planted as a cover crop with Bahia and other pasture grasses. The quick germination helps hold the soil and shades the young Bahia seedlings until they are established. Japanese Millet has a 90 day growth cycle and give way to the more aggressive Bahia after going to seed. The recommended planting rate for millet is 10 lbs per acre when being planted with Bahia. The water tolerance of Japanese Millet makes it a popular choice for duck hunters and dove hunters with wetter patches of ground. The recommended planting rate for bird fields is 20 lbs per acre. Turkeys also feed upon millet seeds. The proper way to feed birds is to allow the plant to mature and go to seed. Then when the stalks dry out to mow or lightly disc the field in strips. The fast germination of Japanese Millet makes it ideal as a cover crop for erosion control applications involving wetter conditions.

Japanese Millet Seed is the most rapid growing of all millets producing ripe seed in 45 days after germination. The growth habit of this annual grass is an erect plant 2—4 feet tall. Japanese Millet will tolerate wet and muddy soil conditions while growing and can even be slightly flooded while growing as long as the leaves remain above water. The seed will mature on the stalk in 45—60 days.

Japanese Millet is often planted as a cover crop with Bahia and other pasture grasses. The quick germination helps hold the soil and shades the young Bahia seedlings until they are established. Japanese Millet has a 90 day growth cycle and give way to the more agressive Bahia after going to seed. The recommended planting rate for millet is 10 lbs per acre when being planted with Bahia.

The water tolerance of Japanese Millet makes it a popular choice for duck hunters and dove hunters with wetter patches of ground. The recommended planting rate for bird fields is 20 lbs per acre. Turkeys also feed upon millet seeds. The proper way to feed birds is to allow the plant to mature and go to seed. Then when the stalks dry out to mow or lightly disc the field in strips.

The fast germination of Japanese Millet makes it ideal as a cover crop for erosion control applications involving wetter conditions. Erosion control jobs include road shoulders, embankments, retention pond slopes, etc. These applications require blended seeds to be effective. The blends vary depending on the time of year for planting, and the planting zone. A typical blend will consist of Bahia, a quick-germinating host (millet or rye depending on the time of year), and Hulled Bermuda. At Wise Seed Company we custom blend our seeds for any application, and will provide guidance to help our customers meet any of their erosion control needs. Please call us at (863) 635-4473, and we will be happy to help formulate the ideal blend for your needs.

Soil Preparation/Planting: 

There are a few steps that should be heeded during soil preparation and planting to insure successful germination, and healthy growth of seed.

First a soil sample should be taken and analyzed. Soil samples can be taken to a local Agriculture Extension agent, fertilizer plant, or private lab for analysis. The analysis will reveal the soil type, pH, and other factors. The analysis will allow the agent to make recommendations as to what will need to be added to the soil to make it ideal for the type of seed to be planted. Most seeds will do well within a pH range of 5.5 to 6.5.

A properly prepared seed bed is essential for successful planting. The area to be planted must be cleared of debris and all existing vegetation removed. The area should then be chopped or disced as needed to create an even fluffy soil.

The preferred method of planting seed is with a grain drill or culti-packer. This equipment allows for precise metering of seed and depth placement. Most people will not have access to a drill and will instead use a broadcast spreader for planting. The broadcast method will work well, but also requires the area to be rolled to insure proper seed-to-soil contact. In areas with very fine sand, light dragging is preferred to rolling. In any case, seed should not be buried more then ½ inch deep with ¼ inch being ideal.

Fertilizer can be applied at the time of planting. Consult with an Ag extension agent or fertilizer plant for proper formula and application rates.

For any other questions about specific planting methods, please call us at (863) 635-4473 and we will be happy to assist you.

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