- Agriculture, Forestry & Soils
- Field crops, grasses, plant fibers, spices, tree crops, herbs
- Grain crop
Heyne, E. G. Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
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Any of the crop plants belonging to the grass family (Poaceae or Gramineae) that are generally grown for their edible starchy seeds. Grain crops are often referred to as cereal crops and include wheat, rice, corn (maize), barley (see illustration), rye, oats, sorghum (jowar), and millet. The grain of all these cereals is used directly for human food. In addition, corn (maize), barley, oats, and sorghum are typically used as forages to feed livestock. See also: Barley; Cereal; Corn; Forage crop; Grass crop; Millet; Oat; Rice; Rye; Seed; Sorghum; Wheat
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