Alright folks, fast forward to today. I've spent the last month turning this- into this- Basically I cut out everything on the east side that was not an oak and a few on the right side that were hanging out into the canopy too much or just blocking too much sun from getting in. As you can see I significantly opened the tree canopy over the pond and back up the bank for a dozen yards or so. We dug out the stumps of the vast majority of the trees. Then we cut and dug out some of the dirt to increase the size of the pond and increase the amount of shallow water. Due to the extreme drought and the trees in this bottom sucking the water up, the pond is down about 2 1/2feet from winter full. Today I planted a little bit of corn in the moist soil, and broadcast 25lbs of a bird seed mix (white proso millet, milo, sunflowers, some wheat, etc.) on a few areas. I'm hedgeing my bets here you might say. I've also got 100lbs of Japenese Millet to plant in the very near future. SO heres the question, I'm in northern SC. When should I plant the jap millet? Should I plant half now and half in a few weeks possibly? How would you manage the rest of this so that when the water comes back up around Sept./ Oct. we a have some flooded grains to help feed the ducks when the season opens close to Thanksgiving?