02-06-17 CSU’s Golden Plains Extension: Colorado Seed Growers Millet Meeting in Akron on Feb 24th

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Colorado Seed Growers Millet Meeting in Akron on Feb 24th

(Burlington, Colo.) A meeting to establish a grower organization in support of millet as a commercial crop in Colorado is scheduled to be held on February 24, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Plains Research Station, 40335 CR GG, Akron, CO.

This will be a meeting to discuss, establish and organize a grower organization that can support millet as a commercial crop in Colorado. Topics that will be discussed are cultivar development, agronomic research, crop insurance needs, and marketing support.

Proso millet, Panicum miliaceum (L.), is a warm season grass that produces seed 60 to 90 days after planting. Proso millet is planted in the Great Plains of the United States as well as many other countries around the world including China, India, Turkey, Romania, Afghanistan as well as the former Soviet Union. In recent years in Colorado, the acres planted to proso have been between 250,000 and 300,000 and typically produce more than half of total U.S. production. The grain market consists of mainly three markets; bird feed, livestock feed and human consumption in other countries. The value of the grain marketed is often comparable with other feed commodities.

Proso milet has proven over many decades to be a very reliable drought tolerant crop for farmers to grow. The crop acreage fluctuates as a result of government programs, commodity prices and winter wheat survival in the Great Plains. Many farmers have recognized this crop as a beneficial crop in their operations due to low production costs and low water requirements. The crop is majority of acreage planted is for grain production, but the crop can be used as a forage source depending on the growing season moisture and grower management. Proso millet is a proven and dependable crop for our semiarid region and is recognized by many farmers as that. This meeting will discuss the option or organizing a support group that can focus on millet production needs in Colorado. If you have any further questions about this meeting, feel free to contact Rick Novak at the Colorado Seed Growers Association office @ 970-491-6202.

Submitted to Barn Media by:

CSU Golden Plains Area Extension,  Ron Meyer, Area Extension Agent (Agronomy),

(719) 346-5571 x 305, ron.meyer@colostate.edu

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