Food Plot Species Profile: Alyceclover

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Alyceclover is a warm-season annual legume that is primarily used in pastures as livestock forage or managed for hay production. Despite the name, alyceclover is not a true clover, as it does not bear a trifoliate leaf that is characteristic of true clovers. Alyceclover performs fairly well under a variety of soils and climatic conditions. …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Lablab

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Along with soybeans and cowpeas, lablab is one of the primary forage legumes planted for deer each spring and summer – and for good reason. Lablab (Lablab purpureus) is a warm-season annual legume that originated from Africa. It is widely adapted to a variety of soils and climatic conditions throughout the country. However, it does …

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VIDEO: When to Service Your Compact Tractor

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Before you fire up your compact tractor for a new food plot season, it might be a good idea to change your engine fluids and filters. Though most operator’s manuals recommend you change vital fluids every 100 hours, you’ll prevent trouble if you change them every year – even if you haven’t exceeded 100 hours …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Buckwheat

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Buckwheat (Fagopyrum esculentum) is a warm-season annual forb that can provide several benefits to your whitetail food plot program. However, it is not a legume, as are some of the more commonly planted summer deer forages, such as soybeans, cowpeas, lablab, and alyceclover. Buckwheat reaches heights of 2 to 4 feet at maturity. The plant has …

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Kip’s Korner: Food Plots Aren’t Just for Deer

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I am a food plotter. In fact, I am a proud food plotter. I enjoy planning, preparing, planting and maintaining my food plots. I like hunting them, hanging trail cameras in them, and observing wildlife use them in and outside of hunting season. I am first and foremost a deer hunter, but I also enjoy …

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