Ken W Wilson wrote:You might consider adding grain sorghum. I would expect the yields to be much higher, and it would probably be easier to harvest and separate the grain.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:Both millet and sorghum are the native crops where I live. Sorghum is definitely easier to process and usually has higher yields.
If you compare the nutritional value though, millet wins out.
If you want to use the stalks as animal feed as well, then go with sorghum, as millet stalks are super hard. We actually use millet stalks as a building material. But to that point, millet is far hardier and drought resistant.
Jan White wrote:I grew millet last year. I grew pearl millet/Pennisetum glaucum, which apparently needs threshing but not hulling. I still haven't gotten around to threshing, which seems like it'll be fiddly, so I don't know how it cooks up.
I started early in flats and transplanted. Didn't water once, even at transplant. We had no rain for three months and it was hot most of the time. The main stalk was 6+ feet tall, and each plant had lots of tillers. The soil in this bed was terrible. Basically just dust. The millet just grew and grew. It was awesome. It was always covered in all kinds of bugs, too. I think there might have been tiny bits of moisture where the leaves came off the stalk cause there where always wasps hanging out there.
The garden bed was an odd shape, but area was probably about 6x6'. In that space I got a three gallon bucket of seed and chaff stripped off the stems. There were lots of immature heads, so if your season is longer than mine you'd probably get better yields.
Hope it works better if you try again. I think it has huge potential.
Nathanael Szobody wrote:
True, millet does not need de-hulling, however the germ is incredibly tough--and some say bitter. So if you want a nice flour you'll still be better off de-hulling it.