Wild Rice in Northern Illinois

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  1. duckman77

    duckman77 Senior Refuge Member

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    I am looking to try broadcasting wild rice on my property in northern Illinois this year. Does anyone know of a source for purchasing wild rice locally? I live in the Chicago suburbs (Aurora). Thanks!
     
  2. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    Wildlife Nurseries or Kesters seed in Wisky.
     
  3. KAHunter

    KAHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Good luck. More times than not that stuff does not work. I know alot who have tried and dont know many (if any) who have had it work. You need good clean water and some current to really get a good stand.
     
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  4. duckman77

    duckman77 Senior Refuge Member

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    Thank you both for the replies. Those places are not exactly close (3 hours), and pretty expensive ($120 for 10 lbs). We have clean water, but no current. Maybe I will have to look in a different direction. We have no water control and hold 4 feet of water pretty consistently. The wild rice idea was given to me by a guide in Arkansas that told me it might be our best option for providing duck food.
     
  5. HOLYSTEEL

    HOLYSTEEL Senior Refuge Member

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    Haven't tried them yet. Look at bannanna water lily from Frost Waterfowl.
     
  6. KAHunter

    KAHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    I dont want to be negative I just havent had or know of much success with that plant. If it thats deep, but clear, maybe look at a submerged aquatic like sago pondweed and some emergent plants along the edge in a foot or less of water.
     
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  7. JFG

    JFG Elite Refuge Member

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    Everybody wants to plant rice, thinking it’s the panacea to there success. KA said it right, good luck with it. It’s very hard to get “just right”. My advise is to plant what’s native to your demographics, it will always do better from an establishment perspective.
     
  8. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    I have tried calling Frosts # a few times with no luck.
     
  9. twall

    twall Senior Refuge Member

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    Current is not necessary. Depth control will be a bigger challenge. If you have a sloped bottom try to plant from shallow to deeper. I am not sure how well it will do starting out a 4 foot deep.

    Tom
     

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