Mallards, pintails, teal and geese will fly miles to a Wild
Rice Marsh. In the Fall they will find the ripened seed that has fallen the
water, along with a hiding place among the tall growth of the Wild Rice
plant. A pond planted with Wild Rice will make a permanent feeding area for
waterfowl. The Wild Rice is a re-seeding annual and will replenish itself each
Suggested planting time is in the Spring. If you have ducks or geese that
migrate through your area, wait until the majority of them have gone
through, so they do not eat all the seed right away. It can be planted in
late Fall, again after migration. If planted in the Fall, you want to make
sure that the water has cooled down so that the seed will not germinate
Wild Rice is best planted in water 6 to 18 inches deep. It must be covered
by water for the first 6 weeks of its growing season. When first growing it
will look like grass laying on the water. Eventually it will stand up and
start growing out of the water. It will reach a height of 5 to 8 feet tall.
Wild Rice does not like a stagnant water. It grows best with some water
flow, an inlet or an outlet or springs coming into the pond. If the pond is
larger than 3 acres of surface water, usually there is enough wind action to
keep the rice growing.
Suggested planting rate is 25 to 40 pounds per acre. It depends how thick
you want the growth the first year.
The seed is planted by scattering it on top of the water. The seed will
naturally sink to the bottom. We suggest you take a tree branch or a rake
and stir the seed with the bottom soil so it is slightly covered. You can
also take a handful of seed an mix it with some wet mud to make a mud/rice
balls and drop them into the water.
The Wild Rice will have an odor, but it is not spoiled. That is just its