So what is this? Any good for ducks?

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  1. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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  2. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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  3. Clayton

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    Looks to be hemp sesbania aka coffeeweed. Highly invasive. I have seen one place selling it as a waterfowl food but you would be crazy to plant it. I know 2,4-D amine at 1 pint/acre kills the crap out of it. I bump it up to 1 qt/ac in thick stands.
     
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    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    THANKS Clayton!

    I could not find anything close to it.
     
  5. KAHunter

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    Yep sesbania. Ducks will eat it. Not bad if you have a little for variety but can become a noxious weed so dont want to promote it
     
  6. Porter Bayou

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    It does provide good thermal cover and ducks will utilize it for that. Best to catch it less than 6 inches tall and nuke it. If you don't catch it and it takes over like it appears to in your picture, I've had success cutting small 1/4 holes in it for a landing zone. A heavy duty brush trimmer with a saw blade will do the trick. Just make sure you cut it flush with the ground. Once it dries out, it can be broken pretty easily. It can be really tempting to just run over it with an atv to make a hole. Don't do it! They break off about a foot above the ground and create a giant punji stick trap. Complete nightmare for waders, atv tires, and dogs!
     
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    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    I've had some great hunts in coffee beans, but it's not something I'd encourage in my spots. We often end up with small patches in low, untilled spots in our rice and bean fields.
     

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