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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How to Build a Food Plot Browse Exclosure

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Often, food-plot farmers complain about crop failure because nothing seemed to grow in the field they planted, especially in small plots. The plants germinated fine but never grew more than an inch or two. While it appeared that the crop failed, often the culprit is deer browsing the crop so heavily that the plants never …

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4 Tips for Using ATV Disk Harrows

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Disk harrows attached to tractors with a three-point hitch have the advantage of their weight as well as leverage from the tractor to get good soil penetration. ATV disk harrows attached to a draw bar or ball-and-socket hitch do not have the advantage of leverage from the vehicle and rely solely on their weight for …

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