Summer Select Perform BD pearl millet hybrid is an improved variety used mainly for cattle forage and hay production during the warm season. Perform BD has excellent seeding vigor and late maturity. Perform BD is a shorter, leafier hybrid than most other pearl millet hybrids. Leafier millets have higher protein content making better quality hay and grazing. Hybrid pearl millet offers the highest protein of any warm season grass.

  • Versatile hybrid suitable for silage, grazing & dry hay
  • Quicker regrowth compared to SxS
  • No prussic acid or sugarcane concerns
  • Shorter stature = improved standability

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1 = Poor; 5 = Excellent

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


  • Grazing – recommended begin height is 24-36 in. with a stop height of 6-7 in.
  • Hay/Baleage – the large number of leaves as well as the dry stalk trait
    make PM Perform a very good hay/baleage product
  • Silage – The large amounts of digestible energy coming from PM Perform, along with the great leaf to stem ratio means that you can expect a very good, 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 (depending on moisture)

Planting Time:
Emergence (days):3-5

Seeding Information:

    • Soil temperature of 65 F and climbing
    • Average seeds/lb.: 50,000
    • Planting depth should be 3/4-1 in., depending on soil moisture
    • Follow recommended seeding rates for your area:

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

  • Can be no-tilled into the stubble of winter and spring crops


    • 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
      • Phosphorus and potassium requirements for PM Perform can usually be
      met by applying 250 lbs. of 0-10-20 for every 100 lbs. of N applied

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


  • 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 6-7 in. of plant material
  • Use sharp blades- a clean cutting will enhance regrowth
  • Though this is a dry stalk product, it is advised to swath the harvested crop, allowing it wilt to the desired moisture level, before picking it up for storage
  • Quality levels, including NDFd and protein, will decline if crop as harvested is delayed. Harvesting during vegetative growth is imperative to insure the ultimate in forage quality
  • For highest energy levels, it is advised to harvest the crop at the flag leaf stage. The sugar formulation in the millet stalks and leaves will be at their highest levels from this stage until grain formation

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