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Wet areas Wild rice/Japanese millet

b116757

5 year old buck +
I have 11 farm ponds and was thinking of trying some wild rice and Japanese millet anyone have any experience with these they can share?
 

Skeeter

A good 3 year old buck
I had a good stand of Japanese millet last year in a fairly wet area. I didn't see the deer using it much though.
 

b116757

5 year old buck +
Well I was really planting this stuff more for water fowl than deer. I’m really leaning towards wild rice if I can get a couple stands established it would reseed itself does the Japanese millet reseed itself at all?
 

H20fwler

5 year old buck +
I've tried wild rice here with zero success, I used the pre-soaked seed and everything. Planted it in fall and early spring, I think it does better with sandier cleaner bottom than I have and some type of flow to the water.
Tried Jap and Brown top millet in my runoff. Brown top came in decent deer ate a lot of the tops I never noticed ducks and geese after it much at all, the waterfowl seem to like the pond weeds/sedge and water plantain better.
 

woodduck

5 year old buck +
The Japanese Millet will reseed itself once you drain the water back out of the pond and the mud is exposed. I always top dress a little more seed but I probably wouldn't need to. This may also depend on your waterfowl numbers. I do not attract a large amount of ducks and geese to my duck hole so I may have more uneaten seeds than an impoundment that is heavily used.
 

SwampCat

5 year old buck +
Jap millet produces a lot of ducks in the south. Short maturity date - less than 60 days. Seed straight on a mud flat if you can. I have not seen much reseeding. Chiwappa millet does better at reseeding - but I have been unable to provide a seed source. Browntop will lay down shortly after maturity and Jap will stand a fair while. Jap will also keep growing if the water comes up on it a few inches.
 

TreeDaddy

5 year old buck +
Jap millet produces a lot of ducks in the south. Short maturity date - less than 60 days. Seed straight on a mud flat if you can. I have not seen much reseeding. Chiwappa millet does better at reseeding - but I have been unable to provide a seed source. Browntop will lay down shortly after maturity and Jap will stand a fair while. Jap will also keep growing if the water comes up on it a few inches.
........so ,you just broadcast on mud??

bill
 

b116757

5 year old buck +
I have heavy clay soil and was hoping wild rice would just grow of its own accord after established. I may play with some millets
 

Bassattackr

5 year old buck +
Seen much use for turkeys or other upland game with Jap Millet?
 

WeedyJ

5 year old buck +
I have seeded Jap Millet onto exposed mud with good success. I also had great luck using Rex rice. Presoaked for 24 hours, pulled straight out of the soak and broadcast onto wet bank/mud flat. I planted the rice too late to get a good head on it. Should have done it early June. Best success was spraying the high grass/smartweed in some areas, letting it die and lay down, then broadcasting the Jap millet into that THICK thatch. The seed is so small that it easily gets down to the soil and did great. That's when I found out what armyworms were!
 

woodduck

5 year old buck +
20210721_185715.jpgJap millet that reseeded from last years crop. As you can see a lot of times it doesn't fall free from the head and grows in clumps. Its usually spotty and I always broadcast a little extra on . if you look close you can see some seeds I broadcast laying on the surface20210721_185801.jpg
 

g squared 23

5 year old buck +
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SwampCat

5 year old buck +
I have seeded Jap Millet onto exposed mud with good success. I also had great luck using Rex rice. Presoaked for 24 hours, pulled straight out of the soak and broadcast onto wet bank/mud flat. I planted the rice too late to get a good head on it. Should have done it early June. Best success was spraying the high grass/smartweed in some areas, letting it die and lay down, then broadcasting the Jap millet into that THICK thatch. The seed is so small that it easily gets down to the soil and did great. That's when I found out what armyworms were!

Army worms are the scourge of duck plantings because the are usually growing good and are nice, green, and succulent when army worms are at their worst.

So - I have a couple areas with thick smartweed, still has some water standing. If summer heat ever shows up and if it quits raining - these areas may start drying out - but not soon enough to plant with conventional tillage. But, I am extremely interested in your method. How long after spraying do you broadcast the seed. You did nothing but spray and then broadcast?
 

WeedyJ

5 year old buck +
Army worms are the scourge of duck plantings because the are usually growing good and are nice, green, and succulent when army worms are at their worst.

So - I have a couple areas with thick smartweed, still has some water standing. If summer heat ever shows up and if it quits raining - these areas may start drying out - but not soon enough to plant with conventional tillage. But, I am extremely interested in your method. How long after spraying do you broadcast the seed. You did nothing but spray and then broadcast?
Yes. I plant by broadcast about 2 weeks after spray. The grass usually just lays down by then.
 

H20fwler

5 year old buck +
We have been pretty lucky with rain this past month and my pond runoff is wet, going to give it another try just for fun.
 
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