Green Fields: 10 Ways to Grow Low-Impact Food Plots

Questions about growing quality food plots are nothing new for QDMA’s phone lines and e-mail in-boxes. But over time, new themes emerge among the questions, and for the last couple of years, one new theme has dominated: growing low-impact food plots. We are receiving more and more questions from hunters who want to grow food …

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Chicory for Deer

Chicory (Cichorium intybus) is a plant that is native to Europe but now exists all over the world. For centuries the leaves have been used as food and the roots used as a coffee substitute and additive. It also has several medicinal uses for both humans and livestock. Thanks in part to research conducted in …

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Frosty Berseem Clover for Deer

In a previous post, we featured berseem clover (Trifolium alexandrinum) as a potential food plot species. The problem with berseem clover in food plots, however, is it is highly susceptible to winter kill. Many food plotters have turned their backs on the species simply due to its low cold tolerance. However, “frosty” is a somewhat new …

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Locate Your Best Food Plot Soil With This Free Online Data

If you’re seeking to improve habitat for whitetails, there’s a good chance you’ve mailed in a soil sample for analysis before applying lime or fertilizer to your food plots. This is a smart move that will quickly reveal missing nutrients, but other factors like soil type, drainage and depth can also substantially influence the productivity …

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6 Ways Food Plots Are Not Baiting

This fall, tens of thousands of acres of clover food plots will feed deer and numerous other wildlife species. In addition, alfalfa, chicory, oats, and a suite of other species and mixes will be actively growing and feeding wildlife. Depending on your location, much of this acreage will have already provided food for one to …

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