River Refuge Seed

Specializing in Wetland Restoration
MIX #1

60% Wild Millet / 40%

Here are two of the puddleduck’s favorites in a mix at a special price. They are similar as they both have hard seeds that can be submerged but they last into the winter without sprouting or rotting. When flooded, the ducks will forage through the wet straw to find the seed that has shattered from the seed head. This mix is easy to grow and produces a ton of seed. The ducks will always leave plenty of seed so it will volunteer year after year.  Plant 20-25 lbs per acre.

$6.25 /lb
Mix #2

60% Wild Millet / 20% American Sloughgrass / 20%  Smartweed

This is a good mix of reseeders. They all thrive in damp marshy ground or will grow on average soil with little or no irrigation. They produce lots of seed. Flood in fall to attract all waterfowl.  Plant 15-25 lbs per acre. 

$6.25 /lb
Mix #3

50% Western Mannagrass / 30% American Sloughgrass 
Meadow Barley / 10% Water Foxtail

This mix of native perennials grow from 1 to 3 feet tall. These species like to be planted in areas that stay underwater for most of the winter and can stand to be inundated even into the late spring or early summer. The Mannagrass is one of the first plants to have grassy leaves floating in the waters surface as early as January. The water foxtail, meadow barley and American Sloughgrass soon follow as the water recedes and becomes shallower. During this early period, invertebrates and crustaceans thrive on the submerged leaves. This becomes a great waterfowl attractor. By mid summer the seeds shatter from the heads and fall into the vegetation. As it floods in the fall, ducks love to forage for these seeds and once again for the invertebrates that inhabit the wet matted straw.  This mix can be managed to attract waterfowl year after year.  Plant 15-20 lbs per acre.

$12.50 /lb

Moist Soil Management Mix #4

25% Wild Millet / 20% Water Plantain / 18% Western Mannagrass /10% Smartweed   10% American Sloughgrass / 10%  Meadow Barley / 5% Water Foxtail / 2% Wapato

This is a mix of grasses and forbs that produce an abundance of feed. They are either perennials or readily reseeding annuals. Using the moist soil management techniques, you can draw your water down at the best time to stimulate growth. All of the species in this mix perform well with each other and will produce lots of waterfowl attracting feed. Plant 15 to 20 lbs per acre. 

$13.25 /lb
MIX #5

 50% American Sloughgrass / 50% Wild Millet 

Both produce a ton of good edible seed. Both can grow in water and will give you multiple years without replanting.  Plant 20 lbs per acre. 

$6.85 /lb
MIX #6

50% Western Mannagrass /50% American Sloughgrass  

These are both perennials. They both produce lots of seed. The manna, when mature, will be the first long green grass floating on the water in late December. These are some of the only grasses, that once established, can thrive under water for the winter. Both produce great natural habitat for the invertebrates that the ducks love in addition to seed.  Plant 15 to 20 lbs per acre. 

$10.50 /lb
Mix #7

50% Poco Barley /50% Buckwheat

They have a short growing season of 8 to 10 weeks. Plant dryland then flood when ripe or plant adjacent to hunting ponds.  Plant 75 lbs per acre.

$0.95 /lb
Mix #8

50% Golden Millet /50% Wild Millet

Golden Millet has tall visible seed heads that hold their seed and remains standing while wild millet seed heads shatter under the straw which keeps the ducks coming back.  Plant 25 lbs per acre.

$2.45 /lb
Native Shallow Water Mix

60% Water Plantain /30% Western Mannagrass / 10% Wapato

This mix is ideal for shallows up to 12" deep in marshes, swamps, streams and ponds.  Each one of these native perennial species will sprout under and grow up through the water.  These plants provide great habitat and the waterfowl devour the seed heads, foliage and tubers.  Planting can be done by broadcasting seed directly in to water or on to open mudflats at a seeding rate of 15-20 lbs/acre.

 $19.25 /lb

White Proso Millet / Sudangrass Mix

These two grasses compliment each other—Proso low growing/Sudan tall. Flood for waterfowl or leave dry for Upland. Plant annually after last frost. Will grow west of Cascades with no irrigation.  
Plant 25 lbs per acre. 

$0.85 /lb
Wild Millet  / White Proso Millet Mix

This mix works well in areas that won’t be flood irrigated. When flooded for hunting, the birds will feed on the standing proso first. As that is eaten, they will forage in the down straw for weeks, cleaning the Wild Millet. The Wild Millet will volunteer the following year. Plant 25 to 35 lbs per acre. 
                                                                                                                $1.65 /lb