Babala

Pearl Millet

(Pennisetum glaucum)

Babala is a common variety of pearl millet that is easy and quick to establish. It can either be grazed or used for silage and is ideal to fill gaps in any fodder flow system. It is a drought tolerant crop and poses no risk for prussic acid poisoning.

Management
• Establish: October to January
• Rainfall requirement: >400 mm
• Graze at a height no longer than 500 mm for the best quality
• No Prussic acid precautions needed
• Suitable for sand to loam soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in poor fertility soil
• Suitable pH: acid, neutral and alkaline soil

Specifications
Seeding rate (dryland):
15-20kg/ha
Seeding rate (irrigation):
25kg/ha