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About Japanese Millet For Food Plots
Japanese millet, when used in food plots, attracts a wide variety of wildlife including deer, ducks, quail, and dove. This millet seed is used most in food plots for
ducks as it does well in areas that are wet and can be flooded at maturity to make a duck pond. It the most rapid growing of all millets producing ripe grain in 45 days after
The growth habit of this annual grass is an erect plant 2-4 feet tall with a panicle inflorescence made up of 5-1 sessile branches. The seed spikes are brownish to purple and are on each side of each branch.
Common Name: Japanese Millet
Family Name: Poaceae
Scientific Name: Echinochola crusgalli
Origin: North Central Africa
Warm Season Annual best adapted to medium to heavy soils
Ducks Love Japanese Millet
A lot of duck hunters plant Japanese millet to attract ducks for duck season as it is considered by at least 17 species of
northeastern fowl to be a choice food. Upland birds and many song birds also will feed on Japanese Millet.
Japanese millet may be grown as a forage grass. This
millet should be planted as a pure stand field crop. It resembles barnyard grass and may have originated from it, that is why some people call it Barnyard Millet. Japanese millet
is usually grown as a late season grass.
Planting Japanese Millet For Food Plots
Dates: April - Sept. ~ You may plant to coincide with the fall bird migration after last frost.
Rate: 25-35 lbs. per acre if broadcast. If drilled 20 lbs. per acre