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Food Plot Use For Sesbania
Sesbania is a large legume and is also
commonly known as "swamp peas". It is ideal for growing in and around duck
marshes. It will grow upright on a thick stalk 8 to 12 feet tall with long
slender seed pods that shatter when mature, making excellent quail feed.
Sesbania will provide thick cover for birds such as quail and will stand up in
winter flood conditions for ducks. It tends to thrive in almost any soil type
but prefers very moist, fertile conditions. Sesbania grows rapidly in hot
weather and matures in around 90 to 100 days after emergence. Seeds are highly
preferred by quail, turkey and doves.
Sesbania is a vigorous, very tall annual legume that thrives
in warm weather locations. The stalks of this plant reach a height of 8 to 12 feet.
Sesbania is valuable
as a green manure crop because of its tremendous growth. It can be ready to plow under in 8 to 12 weeks
after germination. Sesbania is particularly suited for planting
in orchards because it protects the young trees during hot
weather, and enriches the soil at the same time. The seed color at maturity is cream colored with a smooth
seed coat. The sesbania pea is classified a non-crowder
class and is primarily planted for bird feed and bird feed mixtures when
harvested as a professional farm crop.
Planting Instructions For Sesbania
Plant: in April - June at the rate of 25lbs pounds per
Type: annual legume
Date: April - June
Rate: 25 lbs. per acre or 3/4 lb. per 1000 sq. ft.
Best for: Turkey, Duck, Dove, Pheasant, Quail