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Egyptian wheat (Shallu or
chicken corn) has a mis-leading name because it a member of the sorghum family that bears
large seed heads and is grown extensively for birds of all types.
Egyptian Wheat is high in protein
and the seed shatters freely upon reaching maturity. Dove, quail and all game birds are
attracted because of the easy access to the seeds. Wheat's can be grown in freestanding
plantings or mixed with other food plot groupings in the surrounding
General Planting Rates:
Plant at the rate of 10-15 lb. per acre
not over ¾ inches deep. This sorghum requires higher rates of nitrogen for the best
production of seed heads.
Type: warm season annual grass
Uses: Egyptian wheat is a tall growing (10 ft.) member of the sorghum
family that is well adapted to the Southeast. It bears loose seed heads with
abundant seed well suited for game birds, especially quail. Seed will mature
approximately 110 days after emergence. Egyptian wheat also makes excellent
cover for quail.
Planting Egyptian Wheat For Food Plots:
- Date: April - June
- Rate: 10 lbs. per acre or ¼ lb.
per 1000 sq. ft.
- Depth: ½"
Best for: Turkey, Duck, Dove, Pheasant, Quail