Spring Food Plots: Meeting Your Wildlife’s Nutritional Needs

Spring is a transformative season for whitetail deer as they recover from the harsh winter and begin the incredible journey of antler growth. At the same time, does are nourishing themselves and the fawns they will soon bring into the world. To support the growth potential of your deer population, it is crucial to provide consistent, protein-rich food sources. Mossy Oak Biologic offers a diverse selection of spring/summer plantings designed to meet the needs of every wildlife manager. By investing in high-quality warm-season food plots now, you can ensure that your wildlife receives the nutrition it requires during these critical growing months.

Elevate Your Deer’s Nutrition with Game Changer Forage Soybeans

Introducing Game Changer Forage Soybeans—a remarkable variety of glyphosate-tolerant soybeans that offer impressive height, superior stress tolerance, and a robust disease package. With its high protein content, this forage provides optimal nutrition for antler development, body weight maintenance, and fawn growth. Game Changer soybeans thrive in various soil types and continue to flourish even under adverse conditions, thanks to their indeterminate growth. By planting this exceptional bean, you can achieve a thriving, weed-free plot, as it is resistant to glyphosate.

When to Plant Game Changer Forage Soybeans

The ideal time to plant soybeans is during the spring and summer months. As an annual crop, soybeans grow from seed and complete their life cycle within one growing season. For maximum forage output, aim to plant them in spring, approximately one month after the last frost for your region. Alternatively, you can wait until the soil consistently reaches 60 degrees Celsius.

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How to Plant Game Changer Forage Soybeans

Prepare a well-tilled seedbed and sow Game Changer Forage Soybeans by broadcasting the seeds at a depth of 1-1.5 inches in the soil. Remember, leaving the seeds on the surface may result in poor germination or becoming a feast for pests. Conduct a soil test and, if necessary, add the appropriate fertilizer either during planting or slightly before. Lime should ideally be applied several months ahead of planting. If you don’t have a current soil test, fertilize with 250-300lbs per acre of 0-20-20 or an equivalent low or no nitrogen fertilizer. For the best results, consider using a no-till drill or planter.

The Ultimate Attraction for Whitetail and Turkey: Clover Plus

Clover Plus is a perennial blend of New Zealand Red and White clovers combined with high-performing chicory varieties. It serves as an unbeatable plant for capturing the attention of whitetail deer and turkeys. Specifically designed to meet the dietary requirements of whitetails, Clover Plus delivers larger leaves, thinner stems, enhanced nutritional value, and improved digestibility. Both clover and chicory possess exceptional resilience and drought tolerance, ensuring consistent production throughout scorching summer months. This irresistible combination of nutrition, attraction, and growth promises to captivate deer.

When to Plant Clover Plus

For Southern regions, early fall is the ideal time to plant Clover Plus, once soil moisture reaches sufficient levels for seed germination. Conversely, northern areas should opt for spring planting when soil temperatures reach 50 degrees Celsius or higher, along with adequate soil moisture. Avoid fall planting as frost may hinder root system establishment. Additionally, Clover Plus can be frost-seeded in the spring.

How to Plant Clover Plus

To ensure success, sow Clover Plus at a rate of 9 lbs. per acre on a well-prepared seedbed. After spreading the seeds, use a cultipacker or light drag to effectively cover them. Address potential grass competition by using a grass-specific herbicide like clethodim.

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Fueling Your Deer’s Critical Growth Period with Spring Protein Peas

BioLogic Spring Protein Peas, an annual warm-season planting, serves as the ultimate solution for providing maximum nutrition to your deer herd during the crucial growing months. Boasting remarkable drought and browse tolerance, Protein Peas thrive in a wide range of soil types and excel in hot climates. In areas with high deer density, BioLogic’s P2 Plot Protector may be necessary to protect the plants during establishment.

When to Plant Spring Protein Peas

To optimize forage yield, plant Spring Protein Peas in spring, ideally 2-3 weeks after the last frost for your region when soil temperatures hover between 55-60 degrees Celsius.

How to Plant Spring Protein Peas

Broadcast Spring Protein Peas onto a meticulously prepared seedbed, ensuring a soil coverage depth of approximately 1 inch. Exposed seeds may suffer from poor germination or become a tempting snack for pests. In the absence of a current soil test, fertilize with 200-300lbs per acre of 0-20-20 or an equivalent low or no nitrogen fertilizer. Alternatively, utilize a no-till drill or similar planters, setting them for small peas at a rate of 30-35lbs per acre, with a planting depth of 1 inch. Suppress any potential grass competition by employing grass-specific herbicides.

WhistleBack: A Habitat Haven for Upland Birds

Strategic planning and ideal timing are paramount when it comes to catering to birds. Cultivating dedicated bird planting areas not only enhances your hunting endeavors but also enriches your property’s overall wildlife habitat. By creating transitional zones adjacent to deer food plots, you establish a diverse ecosystem teeming with small mammals, songbirds, and insects. Enter BioLogic’s WhistleBack—a warm season mix composed of sorghum, millets, and sunflowers. This blend offers an abundant seed supply and provides cover for various upland bird species. With varieties maturing at different heights, WhistleBack caters to quail, doves, pheasants, and turkeys alike.

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When to Plant WhistleBack

Optimal planting windows for WhistleBack occur during late spring and early summer. The plants in this blend mature by the end of summer, allowing the seeds to shatter and naturally disperse on the ground—ready to be consumed by birds during the fall and winter months.

How to Plant WhistleBack

Sorghums, millets, and sunflowers share similar planting requirements. Adequately prepare the ground by spraying a non-selective herbicide, such as glyphosate, one week to ten days before planting to eliminate existing vegetation. Following this, disk or till the planting area, then cultipack or roll it to create a firm seedbed. Broadcast the seed and incorporate it using a chain harrow or another form of light dragging. Ideally, plant the seeds at a depth of approximately 1 inch. Remember, surface-level seeds are easy pickings for birds and insects.

Turkey Gold Chufa: A Delightful Treat for Turkeys and Waterfowl

Chufa stands tall as one of the most enticing plantings for turkeys and waterfowl. BioLogic’s Turkey Gold Chufa reigns as the ultimate attraction for turkeys, featuring a growth cycle spanning 90+ days before the threat of frost. This duration allows chufa to establish, develop a robust root structure, and produce the sought-after tubers that turkeys adore. Managing weeds becomes relatively easy due to chufa’s classification as a member of the sedge plant family. Therefore, employing a grass-specific herbicide or broadleaf herbicide, such as 2,4D, will suffice. As fall approaches, mature chufa will continue providing a consistent food source, keeping turkeys within the vicinity until hunting season arrives.

When to Plant Chufa

For Southern regions, the ideal planting window for BioLogic Chufa extends from late April to early June. In Northern areas, early May to early June represents the optimal timeframe.

How to Plant Chufa

Plant Chufa at a depth of 1.5-2 inches in the soil. If available, utilize planters or no-till drills for optimal results. Alternatively, broadcast the chufa into a well-prepared seedbed. Ensure the seeds receive adequate coverage by using a drag harrow or lightly discing the area. For increased seedling survival, consider cultipacking or rolling the field after planting.

Now armed with this knowledge, you possess the tools to establish exceptional spring food plots. By diversifying your wildlife’s diet and providing them with optimal nutrition, you’ll witness remarkable growth and an abundance of wildlife on your property. Remember, each planting requires careful timing, preparation, and appropriate planting techniques. Embrace the opportunity to create a thriving habitat that will captivate both you and your wildlife visitors.

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