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Cereals, Pseudocereals, and Oilseeds

Prepared by Dr. Elsworth Christmas, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University, © 1998. This is a list of cereals, pseudocereals, and oilseeds that are either currently grown, are recommended alternate crops, are experimental crops, or are not recommended for Indiana.

Grains and pseudo grains
Oilseeds, grain legumes

Grains and pseudo grains
Barley, spring May be grown north of Fort Wayne with limited success.
Barley, winter Not as winter hardy as winter wheat and should be grown in the southern 1/4 to 1/3 of Indiana only.
Beet, sugar Performs well in Indiana but is not grown because of market.
Broomcorn May be grown in the entire state but has a very restricted market.
Buckwheat Adapted to entire state. May be planted following wheat harvest but, has relatively low yield. Need to identify market before planting.
Corn, field Adapted to entire state.
Corn, pop Adapted to entire state. Grown only under contract.
Corn, (specialty) Adapted to entire state. Grown only under contract.
Corn, high oil Adapted to entire state. Contract marketing with poultry and hog growers and certain elevators.
Millet, pearl Can be grown in Indiana but most acreage currently being planted is for forage use rather than grain.
Milo (sorghum) Adapted to entire state.
Oats, spring Adapted to entire state.
Oats, winter Less winter hardy than winter barley. May be grown in the southern 1/4 of Indiana with limited success.
Rape, common Adapted to entire state.
Rye Adapted to entire state.
Sorghum, milo Adapted to entire state.
Sorghum, sweet Adapted to the southern 1/2 of Indiana and at the present time is grown only by individuals with processing capability.
Spelt Adapted to entire state. Very limited market, most commonly grown for livestock feed.
Sugarbeet Perform well in Indiana but is not grown because of market.
Wheat, soft red winter Adapted to entire state.
Tobacco Grown in the southern 1/2 of Indiana but is tightly grown by government allotments.
Oilseeds, grain legumes
Sunflower Adapted to entire state. Markets are limited. Arrange a market before planting.
Soybean Adapted to entire state.
Flax, oil May be grown in Indiana but not recommended since it does not compete economically with other commonly grown crops.
Winter Canola Adapted to entire state.
Rape, see canola  
Crambe Can be grown in Indiana if planted early to avoid high temperatures during flowering. Currently no market exists in the state.
The cereals, pseudocereals, and oilseeds listing was compiled and written by Dr. Elsworth Christmas, Professor of Agronomy, Purdue University, © 1998. Questions related to these crops should be addressed to Dr. Elsworth Christmas at echristm@purdue.edu
last update December 15, 1998 by ch