Japanese Millet

Untreated Seed


  • Upright, annual grass with quick growth in adequate moisture and fertility
  • Finer stems than pearl millet or sorghums
  • When cut before heading, protein  ranges from 14-20%
  • Customers report high palatability

Best Use: Hay, pasture, and silage. Excellent feed for cattle, horses, and sheep. No prussic acid problems.

Adaptation: Japanese millet is tolerant of wet soils and will survive standing water, but does not perform well on droughty or low fertility soils. This seed for sale is not frost-tolerant.

Management: Can be cut 2 or 3 times. Cut before heading and leave 6”of stubble for faster recovery. In a single-cut system, it can reach 5’ tall. Earlier cutting leads to higher quality, lower yields, and more drying time.

Planting Date: Mid-May to early June (soil 62°F+)

Seeding: Seed 25-35 lbs/acre ½”-1”deep

$48.00 / 50lb Bag


Millets are some of the oldest of cultivated crops harvested for food or feed. The crop is favored due to its productivity and short growing season under dry, high-temperature conditions.

Multi-Cut Species

  • Japanese Millet
  • Hybrid Pearl Millet
  • BMR Hybrid Pearl Millet

Single-Cut Species
Minimal regrowth that may be direct grazed.

  • Foxtail Millet
  • Proso Millet
Japanese Millet
Performance Table
Species NameDrilledBroadcast/AerialIn MixApprox. Seeds/lbSeeding Date RangeSeeding DepthWinter Kill
Japanese Millet25-3532-505-15145,000Late May-July½ - 1 inch
Max Italian Ryegrass15-2025-304-5227,000March-May, Aug-Sept¼ - ½ inchYes
Viking 100 Brand Sorghum-Sudangrass20-2530-355-1018,000Mid May-Early July½ - 1 inchYes
Viking 150 Brand Sorghum-Sudangrass
Piper Sudangrass
German Foxtail Millet
Proso Millet20-3030-455-1580,000Late May-July½ - 1 inch
Hybrid Grain Sorghum (Milo)
Grain Sorghum - Open-Pollinated
Winter Rye50-10012015025-7518,000Aug-Nov½ - ¾ inchNo
RootMax Annual Ryegrass
Annual Ryegrass15-2025-305-1018,000Mid May-Early July¼ - ½ inchYes
Green Spirit Italian Ryegrass
Winter Triticale30-10060-12015-4015,000Aug-Early Oct½ - 1 ½ inches

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