With food plot season quickly approaching, lets take a look at the most common food plot mistakes and a few quick tips to avoid them!
- Not having a weed free seed bed. If you're creating a new plot, we suggest 2 qt per acre of glyphosate in a 25 gallon sprayer in the spring. After about a week, work the soil. Wait another 4 weeks and spray any new vegetation with 1 qt per acre of glyphosate, then seed and cultipack.
- Not testing soil pH. Soil pH should be as close to 7 as possible and tested at least every 2 years.
- Planting seed at the wrong depth. It is critical to know proper seed depth prior to planting. Always feel free to contact us if you have questions!
- Improper seed rate. Know how many pounds per acre you need for your plot. Our mixes have been designed to plant exactly the amount that is stated on the bag. DO NOT OVER SEED.
- Improper planting date. Most Brassicas are a fall focused forage while Corn or Sorghum should be planted during the early summer months. When forages become to mature, deer generally find other food sources. Don't be afraid to ask questions!
- Lack of sunlight. Even the most shade tolerant plants need a minimum of 2 hours of sunlight, most need 4+.
- Improper crop rotation. Repeating the same crop depletes the soil of nutrients and causes plant disease.
- Overworking the soil. Aim for pea to marble size ground particles rather than working the soil to fine.
- Applying the proper amount of fertilizer. Similar to seed, know your rate of coverage. Depending on fertilizer recommendations, apply prior to rain.
If you are new to food plotting or just don't know where to start, please don't hesitate to contact us! We love to help our customers be successful in the field!