Does Brown Top Millet grow well in this area (St. Mary's County)? Since Brown...

Asked May 21, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT

Does Brown Top Millet grow well in this area (St. Mary's County)? Since Brown Top Millet establishes rapidly and is a warm weather grass, can I plant Brown Top Millet now and then plant cold weather grasses/legumes (Orchard Grass and Alfalfa) for the following spring in the same field?

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Brown Top millet will grow well in the Southern Maryland area. It can be planted from the end of May through June. Soil temperature should be 65 degrees F at 1 inch. If you intend to use the grass as a forage, I would recommend you instead plant pearl millet. Pearl millet will yield more than Brown Top, and the seed is more easily obtainable. Brown Top can become a weed if you allow it to go to seed. Another option to consider is to grow the millet this summer, kill it with a herbicide in the late summer/ early fall and plant the orchard grass/alfalfa in September. Fall plantings of cool season grasses generally do better than spring planted stands.