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Annual Seeds

Most people are more interested in planting perennials because they only have to make the planting one time.  However, annuals should not be overlooked.  Annuals are fast growing and will provide an immediate food source for wildlife.  It is a good idea to plant an annual food strip along side your perennial plantings.  This will provide some variety for the wildlife.  Some will stand up and some will lay down after a heavy snow.  Annuals should be planted along the edge of the woods or along fence rows to provide cover and a food source.

Buckwheat

A fast growing annual that holds its seed well.  Excellent for upland game birds, deer and waterfowl when flooded.  Matures in 65 to 70 days.  Plant 40 to 50 pounds per acre. 

 

 

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DuckWheat

A fast growing annual that holds its seed well.  Excellent for upland game birds, deer and waterfowl when flooded.  Matures in 65 to 70 days.  Plant 40 to 50 pounds per acre. 

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Dove Proso Millet

As this millet was maturing at an experimental station, doves consumed most of it, hence its name.  Matures in 85 to 90 days.

Plant 15 to 20 pounds per acre.

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German Millet

Has a drooping “foxtail-like” seed head that holds its seed longer than proso millet.  Good drought resistant seed.  Good for quail and pheasant.  Matures in 80 to 85   

Plant 10 to 15 pounds per acre.

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White Proso Millet

Shows good drought resistance.  One of the largest millet seeds.  For all upland game birds and songbirds.  Seed matures in 65 to 70 days. 

Plant 15 to 20 pounds per acre.     

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Japanese Millet

A fast growing annual that produces an abundance of seed for waterfowl and upland game birds.  Excellent for planting mud flats that are too wet to get equipment to till the soil. 

Plant 25 to 40 pounds per acre.

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Rox Orange

Very good feed for pheasants, quail and turkey.  Grows 3 to 6 feet tall.  Makes sturdy stalks to help hold up other plants for winter feeding.  You can scatter some in front of the seeder when planting other mixes. 

Plant 10 to 20 pound per acre.

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Hegari

Very good feed for pheasants, quail and turkey.  Grows 3 to 6 feet tall.  Makes sturdy stalks to help hold up other plants for winter feeding.  You can scatter some in front of the seeder when planting other mixes. 

Plant 10 to 20 pound per acre.

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White Dwarf Pearl Millet

Has short sturdy stalks 32 to 36 inches tall.  Seeds are excellent for pheasant, turkey, doves and quail.  Does well in a shorter growing season.  Plant in 12 to 30 inch rows. 

Plant 4 to 8 pounds per acre.

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W.G.F. Sorghum

An extra early dwarf sorghum.  Grows 2 ½ to 4 feet tall.  Readily eaten by all wildlife.  Seed matures in 75 to 80 days. 

Plant 10 pounds per acre in rows or 20 pounds per acre if broadcast.

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Austrian Winter Pea's

Very good feed for pheasants, quail and turkey.  Grows 3 to 6 feet tall.  Makes sturdy stalks to help hold up other plants for winter feeding.  You can scatter some in front of the seeder when planting other mixes. 

Plant 10 to 20 pound per acre.

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Iron Clay Cow Pea's

Very good feed for pheasants, quail and turkey.  Grows 3 to 6 feet tall.  Makes sturdy stalks to help hold up other plants for winter feeding.  You can scatter some in front of the seeder when planting other mixes. 

Plant 10 to 20 pound per acre.

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Kester's short Sunflower

Very good feed for pheasants, quail and turkey.  Grows 3 to 6 feet tall.  Makes sturdy stalks to help hold up other plants for winter feeding.  You can scatter some in front of the seeder when planting other mixes. 

Plant 10 to 20 pound per acre.

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Kester's Bobwhite Trailing Soybean Mix

This bean was developed by Kester's specifically for Wildlife purposes.  It is one of the very best small-sized beans for Quail, Pheasant, Dove and Turkey.  It has a small greenish-brown seed about 1/8 inch in diameter.  It is easily eaten by Quail and Doves.  Because of its climbing characteristics, it is mixed with 10% W.G.F. Sorghum and 90% Kester's Soybeans.  Will also climb up on other weeds, making it good winter feed.  Matures in 85 days.    

Plant 25 pounds per acre drilled, 35 pounds per acre broadcast.

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Perennial Seeds

PGI 212 Alfalfa Northern

A winter hardy perennial that was tested in Wisconson.  (Producers Choice PGI215)  High yielding and tolerates high traffic. High resistance to diseases and aphids. Handles overgrazing well.

 Seed 8 to 10  pounds per acre 

PGI 215 Alfalfa

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Yellow Alfalfa

A runner rhizome Alfalfa has traits that enable it to spread or creep from rhizomes. Long lived perennial. Plants of the Rhizoma have the ability to produce stem buds on laterally spreading roots. Very winter hardy.

 Seed 8 to 10 pounds per acre 

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Birdsfoot Trefoil

Birdsfoot Trefoil is a long-lived herbaceous perennial legume.  It has been known to survive up to 30 years of pasturing.  It produces a beautiful cluster of bright, canary-yellow, orchid like flowers.  It is beautiful for parks, steep cuts, dams, dikes, around ponds, highway roadsides, driveways, even backyard lawns.  It can be mowed and will continue to bloom after each mowing until frost.  It controls erosion and withstands semi shade.  Upland game birds, ducks, rabbits, deer and other animals eat its foliage and seeds. 

 Seed 6 to 8 pounds per acre 

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Lathco Flatpea

A long-lived perennial legume.  Forms a dense growth 2 to 3 feet high.  Excellent for erosion control.  Has rose colored flowers with 1/8 inch diameter seeds.  Good for Doves, Quail, Pheasant, Turkey. 

Plant 25 to 40 pounds per acre. 

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Cicer MilkVetch

You may have tried Crownvetch, now try the hardiest vetch ground cover.  Discovered in the mountains of Montana where it produces a crop in only as little as 30 days of frost free weather.  Lutana is a contraction of the Latin words Luten (yellow) and Montana (mountains) yellow mountains.  It produces an amazingly beautiful, low growing, solid cover of lacy, rich green fern-like foliage.  It has  flowers, borne on 4 to 8 inch stalks.  Its mature leathery dark brown seed pods make attractive decorations and retain its seed throughout the winter for wildlife food.  Far superior to crownvetch for controlling erosion, choking out persistent weeds and covering infertile disturbed, critical or problem areas.  Exceptionally beautiful for parks, steep cuts, dams, dikes. spillways, highway roadsides, driveways, around ponds or in your backyard. 

Plant 10-12 pounds per acre

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Sainfoin

Excellent for erosion control, wildlife food and cover.  Grows about 3 feet tall.  Produces pea shaped seeds 1/8 inch in diameter.  Develops a low green growth in the Fall of the year that Deer and Turkey will scratch up.  Has beautiful rosy-pink flowers.  Also good for honey production. 

Plant 25 to 35 pounds per acre.

 

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