OLD CROP, NEW MARKETS
Leon Kriesel harvests a windrow of proso millet on his farm near Gurley in the Nebraska Panhandle. Kriesel has grown proso millet for seed for more than 40 years and notes one of the key goals for proso millet growers is reaching new markets — most notably, human consumption markets. For the most part, proso millet in Nebraska and Colorado is grown for bird seed markets, and most local elevators handle it. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln recently released a new variety of waxy proso millet, and Kriesel notes with the new variety, Plateau, more focus is being placed on human consumption.