- Agriculture, Forestry & Soils
- Field crops, grasses, plant fibers, spices, tree crops, herbs
- Grain crops
Heyne, E. G. Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas.
Last reviewed:January 2020
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Crop plants that belong to the grass family (Poaceae or Gramineae), generally grown for their edible starchy seeds. Grain crops also are 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 crops; Grass crops; Millet; Oats; Rice; Rye; Sorghum; Wheat
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