Sunday, September 9, 2018

Foxtail Millet - Trial

Had got some foxtail millet seeds from the stalls of Organic World Congress held in 2017 New Delhi. Wanted to try it, so first sown some at home backyard and some were sown in the farm. But in the farm, could not water it and rains suddenly stopped and none of them germinated. In the backyard, they germinated well and growing fine so far.

Some general information obtained from internet

Foxtail millet is the oldest cultivated millet. Carbonized foxtail millet has been identified in archaeological sites in China, with various reports of origination date more than 4000 years ago. For green fodder it is harvested in 70-75 days and for grain in 85-95 days. If crop is grown for green fodder, yields 15-25 tons/hectre, 3-4.5 tons per hectre of hay. Grains 0.9-1 tons per hectre.

Some photos...

August 28th - 2018

Seeds were put around august 28th

September 10, 2018



Sometimes with heavy rain it falls but gets up on the next day


It started flowering....



Harvested one portion of foxtail millet


Unknown said...

Is this'thina'?

Nandakumar said...

Yes, that is Thina. I had some seeds which I collected during Organic World Congress, which I am trying now at home.


Unknown said...

Wow... I have been looking for the seeds. Do you know any places where we can buy them in bulk? My plans for paddy cultivation may not be feasible this season, due to water shortage. I believe millets can be grown with much less water.

Nandakumar said...


Since you are in Bangalore, you should be able to get it. I think the group Sahaja Samridda should be having it, you can get the phone number from net.

See the following link -

Another option is to check,, since seeds are very small, you may need only a few Kgs.


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