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Pennisetum glaucum
Synonyms: P. americanum; P. spicatum; P. typhoides; P. typhoideum;

Common Name(s): Pearl millet
Family: Poaceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Growing Days: 60 to 120 (days)
Abs.Max=104° (F)    Opt.Max=95° (F)
Opt.Min=77° (F)    Abs.Min=54° (F)
Precipitation: 16 to 35 (in.)
Winter Minimum: 36° (F)
Soil pH: 5 to 6.5
Soil Texture/Type: Sandy loams soils
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response: Short day and day neutral
Light Intensity: Bright
Seeded after all frost danger is past.
Helminthosporium/Bipolaris, Rhizoctonia, Cercospora, Rust
Animal Food - birdseed, Food - cereal, Animal Food - forage, Weed - possible seed contam., Animal Food - fodder
Tropical-rainy, subtropical, dry climate
Geographical Origin:
Africa, India, Elsewhere
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