Food Plot Planting Guidelines
- Lime and fertilize, because woodland areas are low in phosphorus and tend to be acidic. A soil test will tell you how much to use – this can be done through your local County Extension Office.
- Prepare the soil by plowing, smoothing and firming the seedbed.Good seed/soil contact is necessary for a good stand.
- Seed by hand, broadcast or drill can all produce a good stand if you are careful not to cover the deeper than recommended. After spreading the seed use a heavy drag or log to firm up the soil after planting
- Select a planting site that is long and narrow with bends to provide a sense of safety for the wildlife. As a general rule you want 1/4 acre of food plot to 10 acres of habitat.
- A minimum of 50% sunshine is needed for healthy food plots.Morning sun is better than afternoon sun for summer game food plots. The opposite is typically true in winter.
- Year around food plots can provide adequate nutrition for wildlife. Doe and fawns especially need good spring and summer forage to stay healthy. Plowing strips and planting into existing plots is an excellent way to extend the productivity of the plot and hold wild game all year.