Food Plot Planting Instructions
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Fertilize and lime as needed. You won't believe the difference fertilizing and liming will make in both the attraction and production of your food plot. If the pH is lower than 5.8 (which it probably is if pines grow in the area) lime will greatly help. You can fertilize almost anything and make it more attractive to deer, but if you fertilize a desirable food plot, the difference can be astounding.
Control competing weeds and grass. Weeds greatly reduce yield, utilization and the life expectancy of perennial plots. Thorough disking before planting and/or the use of roundup or glyphosate will do wonders. One application will kill most weeds and grasses. Make a full coverage application being sure to thoroughly wet plant surfaces. For areas where renovation and reseeding is desired, make a thorough coverage. Treated area should begin to turn brown within 7 days, than reseed as desired.
Prepare your seedbed well, making sure it is thoroughly disked, clean, and level. The quality of your food plot will reflect the quality of your farming effort. Think of the seedbed as the foundation on which you're building your food plot "house".
Choose the right seeds for you soils, climate and purpose. Decide what you want your plot to accomplish and pick just the right thing for your job. Your food plot will be no better than what you put in the ground.
Time your planting for optimum success. You need to plant when the temperature and moisture are right for your crop. Planting too late or too early can cost production and maybe even the crop.
Plant at the right depth. Big seeds like cereal grains can be planted an inch or more deep. Small seeds like clovers and chicory, can't push through much soil and must be planted a half an inch deep or less.
Plant sufficient acreage for the deer you are feeding. If getting nutrition to the deer is the goal, you've got to have good production and plenty of acreage. If your plot is mowed down to the ground and looks like a golf course you probably don't have enough acreage in plots. You need visible standing crop to feed deer. Generally that will take about 1 acre of plot for every 3 deer feeding on it.