Browntop 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. Browntop 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 dry soil and sandy soil tolerance of Browntop Millet makes it a favorite of dove and quail hunters . 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 Browntop Millet makes it ideal as a cover crop for erosion control applications involving dry or slope 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.
Planting Rate: 15-20 lbs/acre