The millet … Not bad at all!

The millet ... Not bad at all!

Brigitte krause with the many self-proclaimed "specialists" father and son schneider in the bischofsheim district of zeil do not have it so badly. Today, everyone in the social media is talking about how the "good" one what agriculture must look like. That sucks. However, the two farmers are concerned about what a skilled master farmer actually takes into account and knows about his profession, and they are neither aware of it nor do they value it. They were quite skeptical about the bee-people petition. For the ways in which environmental toxins enter nature today are manifold. Far from everything is the farmer’s fault.

And if you look across europe and beyond, german farmers are basically in a much better position than they are given credit for in the country.

However. The referendum has had an effect: rape has declined massively as a field crop, not only are the seeds coated with neonicotinoids (so that they are not eaten), rape also needs more chemical support, it has many enemies.

Substitute for rapeseed – where?

So klaus (58) and christoph (32) schneider looked around for replacements. Because rapeseed played an important role as a soil improver in crop rotation on the fields. Christoph schneider found examples in austria and even in the neighboring district of schweinfurt near wetzhausen. Here, farmers had good experiences with millet. This is how christoph schneider planted the first millet field in the habberge district: this year he sowed eleven hectares near bischofsheim, and sprayed ("no insecticide!") only once in the spring for weed damming, because millet is simply very sensitive in this phase. Otherwise, however, millet has no enemies or diseases in this country against which it needs to be protected.

Millet can withstand drought

"This comes under the heading of "the proof of the pudding", smiles father klaus schneider. He, too, was quite curious at the beginning how the millet would develop in the habbergs. For him, the millet field reminds him of the time when the first experiences with corn were made in germany about 50 years ago. "Today we are more advanced with technology", he thinks that makes it easier.

"We are not immune to climate change", christoph schneider adds that a drought-resistant plant was important to him.

This is the sub-grass millet. Klaus schneider emphasizes that millet is among the five most widely grown cereals in the world. The main cultivation areas are in india and sudan (hence the name sudangrass). Millet is a C4 plant like corn, it binds carbon compounds fourfold and transforms them.

What impresses the schneiders is how the warm-loving millet is doing after this year’s hot and dry phases: cuddly, powerful, tiptop. In the vegetation phase between may and mid september, the plant needs very little water compared to other plants. In times of drought, the millet stops growing, unlike corn, it does not form an emergency crop. If it comes back to water, it will simply continue to grow. All in all, a "low-maintenance substitute for rapeseed", sums up christoph schneider.

Now, in the first days of august, there was something else that was already happening, and the schneiders wanted to convey this to the sensitized public: when the millet began to bleed, the whole field was buzzing and humming, tells christoph schneider. Especially in a month when there is usually not so much flowering, so a perfect bee pasture. This side effect pleases the two farmers, who run a pig farm on a full-time basis.

Millet will serve its purpose for you in autumn. It is harvested with the combine harvester and serves as feed grain for the sows and young animals. The plant parts are mulched and buried to improve the soil. Perfect.

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