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Millet Adaptation Trial in Coastal Plain Sandy Loam Following Fall-Seeded Cover Crops in Southern NJ

In Coastal Plain soils, low levels of carbon and soil organic matter in the soils lead to a range of crop production problems including high disease rates, low yields, compacted soils, and erosion issues. While millet is not commonly promoted in Coastal Plain soils, it is often used in cover crop combinations with cowpea; a crop that is being more widely promoted. Millet can be planted as a quick, weed-suppressing biomass cover crop that is well-suited for summer mixes with a legume like cowpea. This study compares five species of millet for potential use as a quick-growing, warm-season grain that can serve as an alternative or compliment to grain sorghum or sorghum x Sudangrass for cover crop use.

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