The Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District is distributing wildlife seed packets to be planted on small areas to provide a source of food for wildlife such as songbirds, turkey, and rabbits. The organization is asking for donations to help cover the cost of the seed. The suggested amount is $3 for each bag received. This year’s mix consists of millet, buckwheat, and milo. Caution must be taken because the seed has been chemically treated and should not be used directly for human or wildlife consumption. Keep out of reach of children.
Seed should be planted after all danger of frost. Lightly work up the ground, broadcast the seed, and use a disk drag roll or cultipack for best results.Wildlife food plots can be planted in odd areas, along stream banks, around ponds, or in strips along the forest edge. If food plots are sowed in June to the first week of July, there will be less weed competition and leave more bare ground for small game to travel and feed.
For small game, it is best to rotate food plots on a two-year rotation; first year-food, second year-nesting and brood cover.
The seed can be picked up at the local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) located in the USDA Service Center, 801 Anson St., Salem, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Distribution will be on a first come, first served basis until all seed has been distributed. Call 883-3704, ext. 3 for more information.