Panicum

Panicum

Panicum (millets) is a fast growing, warm season annual grass that is often used as a summer forage for grazing animals in summer irrigated areas. It is commonly used to fill feed gaps in late spring and early autumn for sheep and cattle.

Some farmers may prefer millets over forage sorghum because it can be sown earlier therefore grazed earlier and generally produces a higher quality feed without the risk of hydrocyanic acid poisoning. However, it has a shorter growing season and produces less dry matter when compared to sorghum.

  • Plant & Growing Tips:


  • Fertiliser Applications:

    Stage: Pre Plant (or) At Planting

    Rate: 200kg/Ha (Dryland), 300+ kg/Ha (Irrigated)

    Product: Standard Pellets, Organic Complete (or) Growers Special


    Application Method

    Apply by using either gravity feed openers or air drills to sub-surface band the fertiliser 5cm (2") below or to the side of the seed.

     

    Application Considerations

    Use higher rates where nitrogen is known to be deficient, when double cropping or with large amounts of undecomposed stubble.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% for very sandy soil sand may be increased by 30% for heavy textured soils or where soil moisture conditions at planting are excellent.

    Rates should be reduced by 50% when planting equipment with narrow slit openers is used (the fertiliser concentration is increased around the seed).

    Rates may be increased by 50% when air seeders are used operating at high pressures with wide openers. Air seeders spread the fertiliser bands when operating at high pressures reducing the fertiliser concentration around the seed.

Disclaimer

Please note that the above information and recommendations are provided in good faith and are given without liability for loss or damage suffered as a result of their application. Optimum response to fertilisers will only be achieved when weeds, insect pests and diseases are controlled and adequate soil water is available.

Fertiliser use recommendations are presented as a practical guide to good agronomic practice under most situations. Local soil, climatic and other conditions should also be taken into account as these could affect plant response to fertiliser rates and applications.

For further information we recommend you seek advice from your local agronomist.