USDA researchers have been evaluating finger millet as a potential feed for dairy cattle in the Southern High Plains region of the United States. Studies in India show that finger millet uses 10 to 20% less water than sorghum and grows on marginal land. Testing by USDA Agricultural Research Service showed that finger millet contained significant levels of important nutrients, but it produced lower forage yields than corn or sorghum. However, researchers concluded that finger millet could be fed to dairy animals as a supplement to corn, thereby saving water.
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