Also known as Barn Yard Grass is considered to be one of the worst weeds in paddy fields, it reduces crop yields & takes out 80% of the available soil nitrogen.
In times of scarcity previous generations of adivasis (indigenous people) used to consume these grains.
In June while we were transplanting i was told many times by my co-workers to separate this plant from the paddy seedlings. Since they looked so much alike, i found it almost impossible to differentiate. Now when we do the final weeding in our paddy fields it’s this weed which is making us toil.
I was reading somewhere that the high levels of the nitrates it accumulates can poison livestock, does it explain the deaths of livestock in this area, every year during the month of September ?