Foxtail millets are also known as Italian millet and German millet. It is grown as a rainfed crop and is typically grown in the tropics as well as the temperates, both under low and moderate rainfall on well-drained loamy soil, hence cannot tolerate water-logged soils or extreme drought. It is said to be a native to China and is considered one of the oldest of all cultivated millets, and notwithstanding this connotation, it is also cultivated much in Russia, North Africa, and India, where it is happened to be cultivated in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Rajasthan. It is usually sown in the Kharif season; ie June - July and in the rabi season; ie September - October.
It should be dust free and should not possess any foul odour.
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