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About Chiwapa Millet

Known for attracting ducks, it is a long season millet, needing 120 growing days, whereas most other millets are only 60 day millets. This allows Chiwapa to be planted earlier in the growing season when rainfall is plentiful and still be standing when the first frost arrives. The large seed head, tolerance of flooding during the growing season, long maturation and preference by waterfowl sets it apart from all other millets.

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"I have used Chiwapa millet as an alternative to and mixed with Japanese, browntop, and wild millets and moist-soil plants. Waterfowl readily use Chiwapa millet, and its robust stem persist after floowing and doesn't tent to topple as do Japanese and browntop millets. I recomment trying Chiwapa millet in you moist-soil units."  - Dr. Rick Kaminski - Waterfowl Ecologist, Mississippi State University 

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Japanese Seed Head shown on the left is 60 day millet produces a smaller, lower yielding seed head than Chiwapa. Fewer Seed = Fewer Ducks.
 
Chiwapa Seed Head shown on the right has a large seed head produces a high seed yield. A wide planting window allows it to be planted earlier in optimal growing conditions.
  
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Japanese Millet is prone to seed loss. In warm, wet conditions the seed will sprout, leaving no seed for ducks to eat.

Chiwapa's large root base allows it to remain standing longer than any other millet. The strong stem keeps the seed head off the ground and out of the mud allowing it to remain viable throughout duck season.