Description:

Summer Select Hercules BMR BD pearl millet hybrid is an enhanced summer annual product that delivers a versatile, high quality forage product to dairy, beef, sheep and goat producers. This dwarf-type summer annual is an excellent forage producer with all the attributes that the producer is looking for, such as: rapid growth and regrowth, unsurpassed water use efficiency, drier stalks for exceptional dry down for hay, excellent disease resistance and resistance to aphids. Plus with no risk of prussic acid poisoning! This is THE summer annual that needs to be on your acres and fed to your livestock. You will not be disappointed.

  • Versatile hybrid suitable for silage, grazing & dry hay
  • Dwarf gene increases leaf:stem ratio & improves standability
  • Enhanced palatability, digestibility & overall utilization
  • No prussic acid or sugarcane aphid concerns

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1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent

BMR (Brown Mid-Rib): BMR 6
Traits: Brachytic Dwarf
Maturity: Medium
Seedling Vigor: 5
Recovery After Cutting: 5
Leaf Disease Resistance: 5
Sugarcane Aphid Tolerance: 5
Double Crop: 5
Single Silage Cut: 4
Rapid Dry Down: 4

Uses:

  • Grazing – recommended begin height is 20-24 in. with a stop height of 6-7 in.
  • Hay/Baleage – the large number and size of the leaves as well as the dry stalk trait make PM Hercules BMR a superior hay/baleage product
  • Silage – The large amounts of digestible energy coming from the high quality fiber in PM Hercules BMR, along with the great leaf to stem ratio means that you can expect a superior, highly nutritious silage product
    time after time
  • If desired, this product can be planted in rows and harvested similar to
    a forage sorghum or silage corn: 30 in. rows = 2-3 lbs./acre

Planting Time:
May-July
Emergence (days): 3-5

Seeding Information:

    • Soil temperature of 60 F and climbing
    • Average seeds/pound: 50,000
    • Planting depth should be 1½-2 in., depending on soil moisture
      • Planting date should be after the day length exceeds 12 hrs. and 20 min.
      • Follow recommended seeding rates for your area:

Higher moisture areas: 10-12 lbs./acre
High plains (lower moisture): 10-12 lbs./acre

  • Can be no-tilled into the stubble of winter and spring crops
  • Works great following cereal grain productions
  • Do not plant in soil with pH greater than 7.5 as iron chlorosis can be a problem

Fertility:

    • Please test your soil!
    • Under favorable conditions, 1-1¼ lbs. of nitrogen per day of planned growth should be available for ultimate growth, with little risk for nitrate poisoning. For example, for a planned 40 day harvest, 40-45 lbs. of nitrogen should be available
    • Potassium levels should be maintained similar to that of corn
    • If soil pH is greater than 7.2, an application of iron may be necessary to prevent Iron Chlorosis

Avoiding Nitrate and Prussic Acid Poisoning:

    • Do not harvest drought stricken plants within four days following a heavy rain
    • Do not apply nitrogen prior to expected drought periods
    • If in doubt, cut at higher stubble height as nitrates tend to accumulate in the lower stalk
    • No HCN or risk of prussic acid

Harvest:

  • First cutting: for best quality, plan to harvest within 40 days of growth
    and less than 40 in. of growth
  • Cutting height: for optimum regrowth, crop should be harvested leaving 2 nodes or approximately 6-8 in. of plant material
  • Use sharp blades: a clean cutting will enhance regrowth
  • Sorghum species dry down slowly due to the bloom found on the plant: it is advised to swath the harvested crop, wilting to desired moisture level before picking up for storage
  • Quality levels, including NDFd and protein, will decline if crop is
    harvested after flowering
  • Harvest during vegetative growth to insure ultimate forage quality
  • For highest energy levels, harvest crop at flag leaf stage after day
    length has dropped below 12 hrs. 20 mins. Sugar formulation in sorghum stalks will be at their highest levels from this stage until grain formation- depending on seeding date, height of plants may present challenges for harvest.

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