Wildlife Species Options:
We strongly encourage you to plant multiple species. A blend allows more flexibility in case one species fails. It also helps to provide attraction at different times. Most importantly, blends often improve the soil, by hosting more microorganisms and keeping your soil healthy, which leads to increased productivity.
Gobbler's Grub - a blend containing several species of red clover, white clover, ladino clover, and chicory. This is a perennial plot that can be expected to last 3-5 years if properly managed. It should be planted at a rate of 6-8 pounds per acre in spring or fall. This mix works well for frost seeding, or broadcasting where it is difficult to get a drill. This mix is moderately tolerant of low light, and can be used on trails that get some sunlight. The chicory in the blend provides high levels of protein to attract both deer and turkey.
Fall Feast - a blend containing several brassicas, rapes, turnips, red and white clover. Fall Feast should be planted or broadcast at a rate of 8-12 pounds per acre in late July - early September. This blend is best suited to areas that receive most to full sun. This mix should not be used more than 2 years in a row, and should be rotated to avoid disease or nematode issues.
Sweet Treat - a blend containing sugar beets, brassicas, turnips and clover. This bulb heavy mix will give wildlife some tubers to dig after a frost, as well as providing ample amounts of forage during late fall. The clover will pop up in spring to attract some spring grazing before you terminate it. It should be planted or broadcast at a rate of 8-12 pounds per acre in late July - early September.
Buck'N Crazy- the blend that has everything! This blend has three grain species, peas, multiple brassicas, and multiple clover species to maximize attraction all season long and into spring! This blend should be seeded at 50# per acre in August or September.
Alfalfa - is a perennial legume that has high protein levels and is very attractive to many species. Alfalfa should be seeded in March to mid-April, or mid-August to September. Alfalfa is best when drilled. Alfalfa should not be interseeded into existing alfalfa, as it is autotoxic and will not allow new seedlings to establish. We carry a wide range of alfalfa products. Some of the traits that you can choose from include: multi leaf, high digestible, grazing tolerant, leaf hopper resistant, and glyphosate tolerant. Alfalfa is often coated and pre-inoculated, and can fix nitrogen.
Red Clover - these short lived perennials (often biennial) are exceptional food plot choices. Clovers are well suited to most soil types. When inoculated, clover can fix nitrogen. Clover is well suited to broadcast or frost seeding, allowing an extended planting window.
Medium Red Clover - Our most popular clover option, this biennial is common in many ag fields & food plot situations. It typically offers a two year lifespan with nitrogen fixation.
Freedom! Red - This improved red clover variety has low pubescence (very few hairs) to improve palatability. It also has improved winter hardiness for increased durability and persistance. Freedom! is only available coated.
White Clover - these perennials are exceptional food plot choices. Clovers are well suited to most soil types. Several white clovers are suited for low light. When inoculated, clover can fix nitrogen. Clover is well suited to broadcast or frost seeding, allowing an extended planting window.
Ladino - a large leafed white clover variety that is well suited to most soils. Ladino varieties may change from year to year, as we are looking for improved performance, with good economical value. Current Ladino varieties include Pinnacle and Glacier.
Regal Graze- a white clover that is bred to tolerate more grazing pressure than other options, Regalgraze remains persistent and durable. Regalgraze has larger leaves than other clovers (Durana, Patriot, etc), as well as canopy height.
Renovation - a stoloniferous white clover that is ideal for grazing systems. Renovation is great for sloped areas to prevent erosion.
White Dutch- a short statured white clover that can be used in grazing systems and to help control erosion. Not commonly used in plots other than for erosion control, or heavy traffic areas.
Other Clover -
Yellow Sweet Blossom - a fantastic pollinator species, this biennial is a staple for many apiaries and enthusiasts. YSB can produce up to 100 pounds of nitrogen per acre.
White Sweet Blossom- is very similar to yellow sweet blossom clover, except it has a white flower and is slightly later maturing.
Frosty Berseem - a non-bloating legume with high protein and excellent palatability. Frosty berseem is capable of regrowing after cut, and has cold tolerance so that it can be frost seeded. For more information visit: www.frostyclover.com
FIXatioN Balansa- an annual clover that produces incredible amounts of nitrogen. FIXatioN can handle wet soils due to it's deep tap root. FIXatioN is best when seeded 60 days before peak season. For more information visit: www.fixationclover.com
Arrowleaf - an annual clover that reseeds itself, Yuchi Arrowleaf stands can last several years. Yuchi can tolerate many soil conditions including sand loams with low pH.
Crimson Clover - a winter annual clover best suited suited to heavy soils. Crimson provides good quality forage and attraction. In the future we may offer a white variation of crimson clover.
Alsike Clover - is used in poorly drained and acidic soils. Alsike is not a top choice for well-performing soil, but is a great option for spots that nothing else works. Alsike needs most to full sun to succeed.
Mammoth Clover - a great option for low fertility areas that is fast growing. Mammoth clover is attractive for grazing purposes, but is also a great green manure crop and soil builder.
Other Legumes -
Hairy Vetch -
Sunn Hemp - this summer annual legume is known for protein contents higher than alfalfa, providing excellent feed value. Sunn hemp should not be planted until soil temperatures are at least 60 degrees. Sunn hemp will grow very rapidly. Once it reaches heights of more than 40", it should be mowed to a height of 12" so that it can regrow. If inoculated, sunn hemp can fix up to 100#s of nitrogen per acre.
Turnips - the staple of most annual food plots! Turnips should be planted in August - September. The most common mistake made with turnips is planting too thick. When crowded, turnips do not get a chance to develop much fodder or a large bulb. Turnips should be planted no thicker than 8# per acre by themselves, or 2-6# in a mix.
Purple Top Turnips - these turnips are known for putting on a large round bulb with a nice amount of top growth forage. After a frost, deer often go back and dig the bulb up to consume as well.
Barkant Turnips - these turnips are bred for their forage value. Barkants will produce significantly more forage tonnage than other traditional turnips, but they do not have as significant of bulb.
Radishes - commonly used in food plots, radishes should be planted 5-7# per acre (less when used in a mixture). Certain types of radish are suspected hosts of harmful nematodes (such as Soybean Cyst Nematode, SCN). If you plan to plant soybeans in the next few growing seasons, select alternative species, or choose a type of radish known to suppress nematodes.
Daikon Radish - the most common radish used in our area, daikons have a smooth outer surface and produce a long bulb, as well as abundant top-growth. We offer a "Nitro" daikon radish.
Oilseed Radish - oilseed radishes are suspected of supressing nematodes. Oilseed radish has a more porous surface, but can still produce a large tuber and significant forage.
Graza Radish - a specially bred radish designed for grazing. Graza offers rapid growth (even in drought conditions), smooth leaves, and high levels of grazing tolerance. Graza can re-grow rapidly, and is the ideal forage radish.
Clover / Brassica Mix
Frosty Clover - GO
Brassica / Turnip Mix
Purple Tops - Lewis