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Pearl Millet
Climate and Soil

Climatic and Soil requirements

  • Rainfall: 200-600 mm
  • Temperature: 25-38 C
  • Soil type: Sandy loam
  • pH: 5-7

 

Land preparation and fertilizer requirements

  • Depth of sowing: 3-4 cm
  • NPK 2:3:2 (22) application: 300 kg/ha
  • LAN: 150 kg/ha, top dress in 3 split applications (30 days after emergence, at booting and at flowering)
Planting

Planting

  • November to December

 

Plant population

  • 27 000 plants/ha (seed rate = 3 kg/ha)

 

Plant spacing

  • 0.75 m between rows and 0.50 m between plants within rows

 

Recommended pearl millet cultivars and their characteristics

 

Cultivar

Seed color

Maturity (days)

Plant height (m)

Days to 50% flowering (days)

Yield potential (t/ha)

Serere 6A

Grey

120

1.6

50

1.0-1.5

Bontle (ICMV 88908)

Grey

90-100

1.5

61

1.5-1.8

Legakwe

Grey

100-110

1.7

65

1.8-2.4

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