Growing the crop & wildlife conservation

We sow in May

We apply nitrogen, potassium and phosphate fertiliser in late spring

Weed control:
We control weeds using one herbicide sprayed in the spring

Insect pest & control:
Millet has no need for Insect pest or control

Disease control:
Diseases are controlled by a seed dressing

Threats to the crop:

  • A cold or very dry May can delay drilling
  • Late frost can damage seedlings
  • A cool summer leads to slow growth
  • Anything that interrupts growth can push harvest further back into the autumn, when weather dry enough to combine the crop becomes less likely. This can lead to total loss of the crop
  • Heavy rain or hail at or near harvest

What helps:

  • A warm spring helps the crop get established
  • A warm growing season with lots of sunshine
  • Neither rabbits nor pigeons graze millet
  • Millet tolerates dry conditions well

Wildlife conservation:

  • Ground-nesting birds – see millet
  • Over-winter stubble – see millet

Harvest & what the crop is used for

We harvest with a combine, usually during late September or early October. We spray millet with a desiccant before harvest

Caring for the crop:
The crop goes into our grain store where it is dried and cooled. This prevents the build up of fungi and insects in the stored grain

What it is used for:
Millet is used to feed wild or caged birds. Our 2016 crop is being grown for Fair to Nature products through Conservation Grade


Millet crops growing
Millet crops harvested
Harvested millet