5 Reasons Food Plots Fail

With more and more sportsmen and women making the transition from deer hunter to deer manager, the interest in planting food plots has never been higher. Unfortunately, many would-be deer managers simply buy a bag of seed, work up an opening, scatter some seed and hope for the best. While this may occasionally work out, …

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Avoiding Glyphosate Resistance

Over the last 30 years, no other herbicide has proved as useful to corn and soybean farmers and deer managers as glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup®. Glyphosate and Roundup Ready® technology have simplified weed management, providing broad-spectrum, low-cost weed control with very little risk to the environment or human health. Prior to Roundup Ready …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Turnips

It is always fun to experiment with new crops when it comes to building food plots and seeing which ones are most attractive to the resident deer population. One such crop I have enjoyed playing around with is turnips. While I have grown turnips many times in the home garden, it wasn’t until two years …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Cowpeas

For a fast-germinating summer food plot or early bow-season hotspot, try planting some cowpeas. Cowpeas, Vigna unguiculata, are a warm-season annual that can be grown throughout the United States. Often called iron-and-clay pea or black eye pea, this legume crop produces highly digestible large triangular leaves on viney, stemmed growth that is very attractive to …

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Can Milorganite Repel Deer From Food Plots?

When deer populations become locally overabundant, deer browsing on plants can have negative effects on plant establishment, survival and productivity, which can hinder or prevent the establishment of a food plot — particularly with warm-season legumes like soybeans. Overgrazing can wipe out a food plot before it achieves its mission, whether that be attraction for …

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