Millets

Hybrid Pearl Millet

Millets are a group of small-seeded grasses, grown worldwide as a cereal or grain crop for human and animal consumption. This crop is favored for its high productivity and short growing season under dry, high temperature conditions. The most popular millet grown in the U.S. is pearl millet, which is mostly grown for bird seed. Other millets, such as Brown Top and Japanese millet, are grown as cover crops, forage producing purposes or for wildlife attractants. Millets are very high in starch, have a high fiber content and are a good source for B vitamins. The seed only contains about an 11% protein content, which would be comparable to wheat grain.