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mudstomper  
#1 Posted : Thursday, April 25, 2013 5:08:14 PM(UTC)
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I think I'm gonna do 3/4 sunflowers and 1/4 browntop millet in different plots I did all millet last year if you don't burn its too thick I think for the birds to feed. They do love it and it usually matures faster so you have food before season.
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#2 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 2:52:44 PM(UTC)
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Wheat in one field, sunflowers in another.

We spray with roundup and cut "landing strips" in sunflowers to make it easy for the weak legged doves to get in and feed.

Stomper, did the heavy rains over the weekend wash yours away?
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#3 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 8:24:35 PM(UTC)
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I haven't yet, just bought a new tractor, and disk...
But it's been way to wet to break ground.

But doing suflowers, millet, and closer to the creek will be corn so I can flood it this winter for the ducks...
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#4 Posted : Monday, April 29, 2013 10:22:03 PM(UTC)
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Don`t think I`ll have one this year....
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#5 Posted : Tuesday, May 28, 2013 2:40:17 PM(UTC)
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Have a little wheat we are going to let mature. Planted some corn and then browntop and white millet is going in soon. No sunflowers this year.
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#6 Posted : Thursday, January 29, 2015 12:57:48 PM(UTC)
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What is the smallest size field you plant for doves? Have 2 smaller fields behind where our house will be and was thinking about planting in sunflowers for dove this year.
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#7 Posted : Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:28:40 PM(UTC)
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Depends on how many goldfinches you got. The will smoke a small patch 1/4 acre or less quick. While its still standing.
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#8 Posted : Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:34:08 PM(UTC)
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1 acre minimum I would say. To have enough to have decent spot for couple of people. Plant what you got and see. Save time on mowing and it attracts alot of wildlife of different kinds. I still have doves feeding in mine every day.
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#9 Posted : Friday, January 30, 2015 7:34:58 AM(UTC)
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Thanks mudstomper. We only have about .5 acre, FIL has surrounding 97 acres with cattle. May give it a try this year as it will just be myself mostly.
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#10 Posted : Friday, January 30, 2015 8:12:14 PM(UTC)
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I would plant some millet on a small patch. Spray broadleaf stuff out once and then just roll it flat when it matures. Millet makes alot of fluff when you mow it. You can mow it but if you do windrow it like your gonna bale it the seeds will be plentiful it makes a ton. Sunflowers are nicer to look at but finches will wear it out on a small patch.
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#11 Posted : Friday, February 06, 2015 8:07:54 AM(UTC)
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Thanks mudstomper. When everyone speaks of "mowing" the millet or sunflowers or whatever the crop may be, how is this completed? A certain piece of equipment needed or can you use hay equipment?
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#12 Posted : Friday, February 06, 2015 1:41:58 PM(UTC)
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Bushhogg.

And the finches seem to help out our sunflowers because they scatter the seeds from the heads onto the ground.
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#13 Posted : Friday, February 06, 2015 8:13:06 PM(UTC)
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Hay equipment will work well for millet. Bush hog for sunflowers. Or just drag it down. The goal is to have strips of laid down smooth doves like to feed on clean ground or laid down swaths. Leave some standing to make it harder for hawks to drill your birds.
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#14 Posted : Sunday, July 12, 2015 8:02:33 AM(UTC)
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Gonna be a great year for dove food!! Heads are already swollen
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