Browntop millet is an annual, warm season small grain or cover plant that grows to a height of 2-3’. It is adapted to most upland soil types and can be grown in all regions of Texas. Browntop millet is an excellent cover crop for use with native seed mixes on highly erodible soils, or for areas that must be planted in summer, outside of typical spring or autumn planting windows for most native seeds. Doves, quail, waterfowl, and turkeys relish the seed of browntop millet, making it an excellent choice for game bird foot plots and hunting areas.
Browntop millet makes grain in as little as 55 to 60 days depending on the weather conditions. Best time to plant is March through August. It is low-yielding forage, but has value in forage systems as a nurse crop or to quickly revegetate denuded areas. For dove food plots, browntop millet should be planted in mid-summer.
Planting Rate: 15-20 lbs per acre.
For more information: Browntop Millet Plant Guide from USDA NRCS