Proso millet, buckwheat
jackrowe at compuserve.com
Tue Mar 24 10:40:43 EST 1998
Haven't grown proso, but millets in general like heat and are tolerant of
drought and low fertility (but prefer moderate fertility and moisture).
Moisture levels are especially critical at flowering and early seed
formation if you're growing it for the grain. Too much nitrogen during seed
maturation lowers grain protein levels.
Buckhweat sprouts readily and probably will be happy uncovered on disked
soil if rains are coming, but if the rains don't come the birds will (they
may anyway, since they'll be out 'birding-out' on worms and grubs brought
to the surface by the rain to avoid smothering). Seed balls are good as
soil loss would be minimized. Swales can catch 1/8 inch or more of soil in
a hard rain even without disking.
Buckwheat is excellent at extracting poorly-soluble Phosphorous, matures
seed in just 50 days or so, but is not an intense smother crop if you're
worried about the existing grasses coming back to mess with the millet.
Maybe a mung bean-buckwheat mix or some such thing, neither are tall but
together make a good, fast cover.
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