Wild Millet

Wild Millet is also known as:
  • Bottle grass
  • Green bristle grass
  • Green foxtail
  • Pigeon grass
  • Gardens
  • Grain fields
  • Roadsides
Annual weed that reproduces by seed. The stem is erect, branching at the base and are 20 - 60 cm in height. The leaves are flat, rough and pointed. They are 5 - 25 cm in length. The heads are cylindrical and taper towards the end. They are soft, bristly and green with a length of 2.5 - 10 cm. Seeds are white, light yellow or purple.

Control Practices
Wild millet can be controlled by planting strong crops with the help of fertilizer. Wild millet doesn't compete well with taller standing crops that provide shade. Barley is one of the most effective crops. A competitive crop should be seeded as early and as densely as possible to out-compete the weed. Harrowing can also help to control Wild millet. Summerfallow may also help if done every 3 years and is not the only means to control the weed. Forage crops are also an option if left for a minimum of 3 years since it seldomly lives longer than 3 years in the soil.