Submitted to: Georgia Extension Bulletin
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/1/2004
Publication Date: 6/15/2004
Citation: Lee, D., Hanna, W., Buntin, G.D., Dozier, W., Timper, P., Wilson, J.P. 2004. Pearl millet for grain. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin 1216. p. 12. Interpretive Summary: not required.
Technical Abstract: Recent development of new grain pearl millet by the USDA-ARS gives southern farmers an alternative feed grain for dryland production. Much of the southern United States, particularly Georgia, suffers from shortage of feed grain for its poultry industry. Pearl millet is one of the most drought-tolerant annual grasses used as a crop. It needs no irrigation, less fertilizer, and produces a high quality grain with no aflatoxins or fumonisins. Producers can use pearl millet grain for up to 50 percent of the poultry diet. The crop is targeted to the poultry industry, but is likely to expand into the livestock, wildlife, and ethanol industries. This bulletin was developed to provide information to farmers about the growth habits, recommended cultural practices, pest control, harvesting and handling, and marketing and economics of the crop.