Green Manuring 2

Because of the failure of the early summer green manure crop of Millet in late October, I decided to plant another crop and do it correct this time. I miscalculated the seed volume by a factor of ten, and in turn had a very lousy outcome. In essence it just meant I could wipe out one more generation of weeds without much effort, and there was little rain in that period so no erosion!

I chose to put another crop of Japanese Millet in late February, it is advisable not to sow until the soil temperature is above 14°C, which in February is no issue, Millet does not tolerate frost, and the frosts will not be here until late June/July, last year we only had two or three mild occurrences.

The recommended sowing rates vary according to the situation – as a guide, 12 kg/ha for lighter/poorer soils and up to 20-25 kg/ha for heavier, more fertile soils. These are the suggested rates from the NSW DPI. I put in the higher rate as I am after bulk, green matter. It will also allow me to slash, have regrowth and then plant the winter crop with legumes.

Regrowth of millet following slashing is very good if soil moisture and nitrogen levels are sufficient. I have been watering regularly and put 100Kg/1000m2 of certified Terra Firma pellets. The growth has been outstanding and goes to show that weed supression, good growth and positive outcomes can be attained without Glyphosate or DAP.