Millet

Pennisetum glaucum


Watering
Intermediate

Cultivation
direct seeding

Harvesting
100 - 105 days

Labour
Intermediate

Sunlight
full sun

pH Value
5.5 - 7.5

Temperature
15°C - 40°C

Fertilization
Intermediate


Millet

Introduction

Pennisetum glaucum (pearl millet) is the most widely-grown millet variety. It is known for its rich nutrient profile and its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions such as flooding and drought. The grains are used for human consumption while the rest of the crop is used as fodder.

Care

Care

Pearl millet seeds should be planted at a shallow depth in a firm, moist seedbed. It is a deep-rooted crop that can use residual nutrients from the soil, requiring less fertilization than other grains. It also does not normally require substantial insecticide application. The grains can be harvested as early as 40 days after flowering, as indicated by the grains emerging from the head upon pinching. It can be harvested by hand or mechanically. It is imperative that the grains be properly dried prior to storage to avoid sprouting.

Soil

Pearl millet can grow in areas with low soil fertility, and high salinity or low pH, making it a good alternative to other crops. It can also tolerate acidic sub-soils that are high in aluminum content. However, it does not tolerate waterlogging or clay soils.

Climate

Pearl millet can be cultivated in areas with drought and high temperatures. It needs high daytime temperatures for the grain to mature. Despite its drought resistance, it requires evenly distributed rainfall throughout the season.

Probable Diseases

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Pennisetum glaucum

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Introduction

Pennisetum glaucum (pearl millet) is the most widely-grown millet variety. It is known for its rich nutrient profile and its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions such as flooding and drought. The grains are used for human consumption while the rest of the crop is used as fodder.

Key Facts

Watering
Intermediate

Cultivation
direct seeding

Harvesting
100 - 105 days

Labour
Intermediate

Sunlight
full sun

pH Value
5.5 - 7.5

Temperature
15°C - 40°C

Fertilization
Intermediate

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Advisory

Care

Care

Pearl millet seeds should be planted at a shallow depth in a firm, moist seedbed. It is a deep-rooted crop that can use residual nutrients from the soil, requiring less fertilization than other grains. It also does not normally require substantial insecticide application. The grains can be harvested as early as 40 days after flowering, as indicated by the grains emerging from the head upon pinching. It can be harvested by hand or mechanically. It is imperative that the grains be properly dried prior to storage to avoid sprouting.

Soil

Pearl millet can grow in areas with low soil fertility, and high salinity or low pH, making it a good alternative to other crops. It can also tolerate acidic sub-soils that are high in aluminum content. However, it does not tolerate waterlogging or clay soils.

Climate

Pearl millet can be cultivated in areas with drought and high temperatures. It needs high daytime temperatures for the grain to mature. Despite its drought resistance, it requires evenly distributed rainfall throughout the season.

Probable Diseases

Select a growth stage to see the diseases that threaten your crop during that period.