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Which millet to plant?

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  1. AGS1

    AGS1 Refuge Member

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    Would like to know what variety of millet is a better choice for duck food plot, Japanese or Brown Top? any recommendations?
     
  2. DANNY NEWELL

    DANNY NEWELL Elite Refuge Member

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    I'd call Kelly's seed in Peoria.

    Dan
     
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    mrmallerd Elite Refuge Member

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    Good thing is that you have 5+ months to decide.
     
  4. rism

    rism Senior Refuge Member

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    Japanese is what we have always planted. 60 days to maturity and can be aerial seeded on mud flats. I think Brown top grows too tall (6-7') ? A club owner I know has tried Brown Top but never had any luck w/ it.
     
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    Redleggs Senior Refuge Member

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    Jap millet is the way to go for wetlands. Brown millet makes a nice dove field crop.
     
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    smashdn Elite Refuge Member

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    Jap can handle flooding on it as well while growing. If you have the ability you can put water on it to control other weeds (mainly cuckleburrs).
     
  7. AGS1

    AGS1 Refuge Member

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    I am just interested in knowing if ducks have a preference between Jap or Browntop, we have the ability to drain our fields, work the ground and plant seed. We plant corn for mid-late season ducks but looking for something to attract local and early migrants, will probably go exclusively with buckwheat since no one seems to know the answer to my question.
     
  8. 3inch3's

    3inch3's Illinois Forum Moderator Moderator

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    As far as preference, I don't think there would be enough difference to worry about. The question is which will stand up better to your conditions. If heavy rain flooding is a concern, Jap is the way to go. I have alos heard that brown top doesn't hold up quite as well after flooding but that may not be a problem for you since you have corn for later.

    If you have room, plant a little of both and see which one they favor......
     
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