skagitduckwacker wrote:As in Whatcom, the sites in Skagit are dry also. I would like to attend that meeting with the guys who set these up. My question would be: Why do they plant so much barley on these state areas. It would seem logical that barley would draw ducks, but I have never actually seen them feeding on it. Nor have I seen evidence of waterfowl feeding on barley around here. If ducks don't eat barley, why plant it? I suspect the old "barley for ducks" program bit the dust for this reason but that is just conjecture on my part.
Barley is a lot cheaper to plant than corn and the ducks love it and will keep coming back to it through the season looking for scraps once it't been eaten out. Corn will hold the birds later in the season much better and doesn't get eaten out as fast but that also depends on the volume of birds. My friends place had about 15 acres of barley cleared out by the ducks just over the weekend. Send me a pm and I can direct you to some location to show you a different perspective. You would then see that your above post would be inaccurate. Just food for thought!
Just be thankful the are up at the start of the season. I remember when this program started and I think the blinds weren't even placed at the QH locations until late Nov. early Dec. time frame. Dry now as it's sunny and nice. They should start holding water by Nov.