Food Plot Species Profile: Corn

Strips can be mowed in large blocks of mature corn in fall to encourage more use of the interior of the patch, while also creating shooting lanes for stand sites.
The first time I hunted over a corn patch, I remember seeing the stalks moving as my imagined 10-point buck worked his way to the end of the row. I waited with intense anticipation as the stalks revealed my trophy’s movement, closer and closer to me. Finally, to my surprise and slight disappointment, a button …

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Ryegrass: Going Against the Grain

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I might get shot just for mentioning the use of annual ryegrass as a potential food plot crop, but the truth is I have killed too many whitetails over this stuff to completely ignore it. Ryegrass gets a bad rap from most food plot specialists, and for good reasons. I’ll admit ryegrass is low in …

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Mixing Corn and Soybeans in Food Plots

University of Tennessee graduate student Jessie Birckhead examines the test plots at Highland Rim Research and Education Center near Springfield, Tennessee.
The species and rates of plants included in a seed blend is an important consideration when planting food plots. Certainly, you want to include species that are compatible with each other in terms of growth structure, soils, and timing of production. Ideally, species are used that enable you to control weeds with some herbicide management …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Arrowleaf Clover

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Arrowleaf clover is a cool-season annual that is highly productive in fall and spring and a top-choice forage for whitetails, especially when does are carrying fawns and bucks are about to begin antler growth. Though it’s an annual, arrowleaf clover is a heavy re-seeder – with the right management, you can get several seasons of production …

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Food Species Profile: Wheat

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Wheat is a cool-season cereal grain that is easy to establish, quick to germinate, and a great choice for fall hunting plots, whether you plant it in a pure stand or in a mix with other species such as clovers. Wheat germinates in early fall or spring, depending on the variety, and continues to grow …

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