When is the best time to seed my plot?
Every year is different based on weather, but the best chance of success is typically mid-August. When plots are planted too early, there is a risk of being too hot and dry and the seed not establishing well. When planted too late, they do not always get enough growth before a frost.
What should I plant?
Everyone's soil type and equipment options are different, so try a few things and see what works best for you! Our mixes are designed to be easy to establish and provide maximum attraction with broad maturity dates. Most mixes can be established successfully with minimum equipment. Our MWGF mixes have been tested and used on thousands of acres in the past few years, so rest assured that they are reliable, easy-to-use and have high attraction and palatability!
Can I get a custom mix?
Yes, but please order early (ideally before July 15). We get very busy in late July and early August, so we will do our best, but you may have a wait on custom mixes. We do require that each species in the mix be five pounds or greater.
What are the most common mistakes, and how do I avoid them?
The two most common mistakes that we see folks make are: planting too deep, and planting too high of rate!
The recommended rate of turnips is 4-6# / acre, wouldn't 8-10# be better?
No! You want the turnips to have room to grow! In this case (and for most species), more is not better, you will be really disappointed in the size of turnips. We have also seen that too high of rates can turn yellow/brown and they look far less palatable. As much as we would love to sell you more seed, please follow the recommended rates!
Do you make fertilizer recommendations?
We can help recommend what you will need for the species you are planting, but we highly encourage having a soil test every 3-4 years for more accuracy. We offer several fertilizer options, including high nitrogen, pelletized lime, and a legume mix with a 9-23-30 analysis.
What species overwinter?
There are several options that over-winter including: cereal rye, clover, triticale, wheat and peas. On years with mild winters, it is common for rape and occasionally turnips to make it.
What is a good option for my first food plot?
Buck'N Crazy is a great option because it has everything! The grains and clovers in it establish very easily and the brassicas and peas provide great fall attraction.
Should I broadcast it or work it in?
Most species can be successful if broadcast onto bare dirt, but can do even better when planted at proper depth. For grains (rye, oats, wheat, peas), the ideal depth is 1". For clovers and brassicas 1/4" - 1/2" is ideal. The most common mistake is planting into freshly tilled dirt and having the seed end up 1.5 - 2" deep. Make sure to wait on a rain or roll the field after you till to pack it back down!
What can I plant into corn or beans?
Brassicas (like turnips or kale) are excellent for broadcasting into standing corn or beans. Plan on using 4-5# per acre.
Where does your seed come from?
It varies depending on the species, but the majority of our brassicas and legumes come from Oregon. Our grains are often locally grown. If we are unable to source high quality grains locally, we bring in supply from Canada or the Dakotas, due to the improved winter-hardiness.
Why should I buy my seed from MWGF?
We are a family owned and operated seed company, with deep roots in agriculture. We work with operations all over the Midwest to find the best products to fit our area. As an independent company, we can work with multiple suppliers to source the products that bring the most value to our customers. We may not have fancy packaging, or famous spokesmen, but we've never known a deer to care about that!