Frequently Asked Questions About Wildlife Habitat Food Plot Seeds
What is deer plot seed?
Deer plot seed is used to attract and feed wildlife. Some may use this to enjoy the presence of natural wildlife on their property, while others will use it for hunting. There are a lot of mixes to choose from, but if you are looking to attract deer, you'll want a mix that includes brassicas, oats, wheat, peas and winter rye.
What's in the food-plot seed mix?
You can choose from an assortment of mixes to bring in a variety of wildlife. You can create your own mix by choosing from our assortment of wildlife habitat seeds. We also carry Northern Edge food-plot seed mixes with plenty of options to choose from.
When should I plant fall food plots for deer?
While this is somewhat based on your own personal preference, many will argue the best time to plant your food-plot seeds is the end of July to the beginning of August. You'll need to consider what kind of seeds you plan to use, as cool-weather seeds will not grow in hot temperatures. Also, if hunting is your main priority, a later sow may be better, as there will be less wildlife grazing the plot, giving your seeds enough time to grow and be ready for a busy fall season.
How do I plant food plots for deer?
You will first need to determine the size of the food plot. It is important to remember that food plots are not the same as hunting plots. Food plots should be used to create a sense of safety for the deer and should not be used for hunting unless totally necessary. You'll need to do a bit of math to figure out the best size of plot for how many deer you would like to attract, taking into consideration how big you want your hunting plot to be.
Once you know the size and location of the food plot, test the soil to better understand its composition and any amendments it will need. Once you know that information, follow those recommendations and begin prepping the soil bed. You'll need to clean out any existing plants, weeds and debris such as rocks and sticks. Be sure to add any recommended amendments next.
Plant seeds at the recommended depth as provided on the seed packaging. Some seeds will need to sit on top of soil, so in that case, you won't need to worry about soil depth. Go ahead and add fertilizer if that is recommended, and lightly till soil to encourage the seeds to settle.
What is crimson clover?
Crimson clover is a forage and cover crop known for being a popular deer attractant. Crimson clover is an annual legume that can handle mild winters as well as the summer season. Generally, this crop has a short season; however, it is very productive, easy to grow and relatively inexpensive.