We recommend using an excluder in each of the food plots. An excluder can be made by using 36" dog wire. Cut a 10' long piece and roll it to form a bin which is approximately 3" in diameter. Use tent stakes to keep it in place.
Deer and turkey cannot feed inside the area. This will allow you to properly evaluate the performance of the seed mix.
Mistakes When Planting Food plots
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- Not checking the pH. A good pH is critical.
- Mixing seed and fertilizer together. The fertilizer, especially ammonia nitrate, can damage the seeds if it sets for very long.
- Using ammonia sulfate. USE ONLY AMMONIA NITRATE OR UREA. Ammonia sulfate can acidify the soil. I prefer urea. It is higher in nitrogen and less corrosive on your equipment.
- Not using enough fertilizer. You are better off planting less acreage but doing it right.
- Poor soil preparation. The better the soil bed, the better the results.
- Not using excluders in your plots. This is the only way to really evaluate what your plots are producing and how the deer are utilizing it.
- Using a mix with Ryegrass in it. WE DO NOT USE RYEGRASS IN OUR PRODUCTS. Ryegrass is very aggressive and will compete with other components in your mix. Ryegrass is also the least nutritious and palatable forage crop for deer.
- When covering your seed, after they have been broadcast, use a good drag of some sort. Do not disk them in. Disking will get some of the seeds too deep in the soil. There is no way to lightly disk. Homemade drags such as an old chain link fence works well.