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Wildlife & CRP

Wildlife Plot Seed

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We carry a wide range of options for food plots. We work with a local team of hunting experts to formulate our plot blends and to test new options. We have on site agronomists to help position products and offer advice on many aspects of plot management, including seed, soil health & fertility.

Some variables to consider before purchasing plot seed include:

  • What are my goals?

    • Do I want to offer peak season feed, or season or yearlong forage?

    • What species do I want to attract?

    • How many times do I want to plant per year?

  • What is my equipment situation?

      • Will I be able to till?​

      • Will I be able to drill or will I broadcast?

      • Will I spray to keep weeds down?

  • What are my location variables?

    • What species of plants can my soils support?​

    • ​How easily can equipment access my plot?​

  • How do I manage my soil?

    • We recommend taking a soil test every 3 or 4 years​

    • Pay attention to the pH. Money spent on pH may be more beneficial than money for fertilizer.  If pH is out of range, fertilizer efficiency can be drastically reduced.

    • Fertilize only as needed. Excess fertility presents challenges as does low fertility.

    • To avoid erosion, keep living roots and plant material all year long.

      • Plant perpendicular to slope to reduce erosion​

QUALITY SEED

Make sure that you are purchasing quality seed. A fancy picture on a bag does not mean it is quality. The most expensive seed is not always the best. Things to look for to know that you are getting quality seed include:

  • Make sure that it has current seed tags and meets standards

    • Seed tags should include the following information & meet the following standards:​

      • State of Origin​

      • Test date (should be no more than 12 months ago)

      • Germination (should be 85%+ including hard seed)

      • Other crop seed (should be less than .5%)

      • Weed Seed (should be .1% or less)

      • Noxious weeds (should not contain any)

      • Inert Matter (should be less than 2% unless coated)​​​

      • Pure Seed (should be 97%+, unless coated)

          Coated Seed

It is becoming more common for seed to be coated.  When using alfalfa or clover, it is common to find coated seed.  The coating typically contains inoculant (very necessary for legume seed), and an adsorbent material to help draw water to the seed to improve germination. Other seeds that may be coated include chicory, sugar beets, sunflowers, sorghums and sudangrass.  

Turnips, radish, brassicas, etc. are generally not coated, yet some companies add coating to reduce the seeds per pound, lessening the value. Look closely at the label to see the amount of pure seed that you are getting.

Selecting Species

Lifespan - Perennial options are very beneficial in hard to establish areas, or for someone not located near their plots.

 

Wet feet options - Some species are better suited to wet feet than others. Remember that few plants can survive under anaerobic conditions (flooded situations).

Low light options - Some species are more tolerant to heavily shaded areas than others. Very few species will grow in full shade.

Legumes - a type of plant that has nodules on the root system that fix nitrogen (up to 200# / acre). Use pre-inoculated seed, or mix with inoculant at time of planting. 

Helpful Reminders:

  • Cereal Rye, Triticale, and Wheat planted in the spring will not put on a seed head.  They require a process called vernalization (over-wintering) to produce seed.

  • Planting too early can result in as poor of results as planting too late. Brassicas planted in late June and early July, often are not palatable come fall!

 

Check out our page with the species we carry!

Soil Sampling - 

Beginning in Fall 2018 we will be offering soil sample kits. The kits will contain the supplies you need to collect samples, directions, and shipping. The samples will be tested at an accredited lab, and we will help make recommendations. 

Stop by for more information!

CRP & Native Seed

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seed species

We are happy to help with all your CRP & government cost share needs.  We carry only select species on hand, but have access to nearly all species used in CRP mixes. It typically takes about a week to get a custom blend ordered & received.  

To get an accurate quote for your project we will need a copy of the spec sheet from the FSA office. 

We typically carry native grasses & wildflowers commonly used in food plots and for decor. Typical species on hand include:

    • Switchgrass​

    • Indiangrass

    • Big Bluestem

    • Little Bluestem

    • Native Flower Medley

 

Call 309-837-1820 for more information!

Photo Credit: James Crowe

Clover Blend

Photo Credit: Ryan Barrett

Turnip, Rape & Brassicas

Photo Credit: James Crowe

Fall Feast

Photo Credit: Jon Foreman