Millet is one of many seed grasses that can be used as a food source and is now largely being touted as a “super grain” with a nutrient composition similar to corn yet is richer in protein and fibre. Millet has been cultivated for thousands of years and is believed to be one of the first grains harvested by humans for food.
Wheat is largely considered Australia’s most important grain crop. Once harvested, it is milled into flour and other products which are used to make many types of foods. Australian wheat is recognised internationally for its high consistently high quality and as the world’s population grows, there will be an increasing demand for this crop, presenting good export opportunities for growers.
Barley is harvested from October to late November and can be expected to yield similar or better than wheat. Planting at the right time is critical for optimising grain yield and will also influence grain quality. Barley is also highly susceptible to insect damage and must be stored correctly.
Maize is a multipurpose summer cereal, grain and silage crop that offers growers a low capital investment, low growing risk and generally a longer window of harvest than other crops. It is predominantly grown for the domestic market, although some specialised varieties are grown specifically for export.