In terms of land management, there are three things you can control on your property to ensure a greater chance of success. The most popular and effective area to control is forage. Food plots can offer 365 days of forage, which encourage deer to remain on your property year round. Every food plot we plant is tilled correctly, fertilized to state agricultural recommendations and planted with fresh seed.
We believe that different forages should be used as tools to attract animals at specific times of the year. This philosophy allows us to implement a targeted approach to forage rather than a shotgun approach. In order to accomplish your goals, each one of our food plots comes with a forage guarantee and a free walk-through consultation. Contact one of our specialists to help you get started.
The Proof is in the Protein
1 acre of Clover Blend = 4000 lbs. of grazing forage = 1120 lbs. of pure protein forage Material Cost = $133
1 acre of Soybeans = 8000 lbs. of grazing forage = 1440 lbs. of pure protein forage Material Cost = $146
Protein Pellets 25% protein with 25 lbs./bag at $20 per bag =
4480 lbs. of pellets = 1120 lbs. of pure protein
5760 lbs. of pellets = 1440 lbs. of pure protein
This is a summary of the comparison of the left:
- Clover = $133 = 1120 lbs. protein
- 25% Protein pellets = $3584 = 1120 lbs. protein
- Soybeans = $146 = 1440 lbs. protein
- 25% Protein pellets = $4600 = 1440 lbs. protein
Material costs are calculated using full retail prices of nationally branded seed, fertilizer, and Round-up.
Two types of plots
- Hunting Plot 1/8 to 1 acre
- Management Plot 1-5 acres
Suggested Forage Choices and Hunting Times
- Clovers/chicory/alfalfa early season (perennial)
- Rape mixes early to mid season (annual)
- Small grains/rye/wheat/oats mid to late season (annual)
- Beans/peas mid to late season (annual)
- Corn mid to late season (annual)
- Most plants grow well if the pH is between 5.3-7.
- Alfalfa needs a pH of 6.5-7.
- Most plants grow well in soil that is not too wet.
- Rape and alfalfa grow well in sandier soils.
- Clover needs more moisture than other plants to grow well.
- Fertilizing – Nitrogen (10), Phosphorus (10), Potassium (10), each number represents the percent of that nutrient present in that fertilizer blend.
- It’s better to spread the fertilizer at half the rate you intend and go over the field twice in a criss-cross pattern than to try and spread all of the fertilizer just right in just one pass.