Cultipackers for Food Plots

The basic equipment you must have to call yourself any kind of “food plotter” is a set of disk harrows, a machine that will pull it (whether an ATV or a tractor), and some type of seed spreader, even if it’s only a hand-held, hand-cranked spreader. With these, you can prepare the soil on a …

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Try These Warm-Season Food Plot Mixes

In my recent article “Weed Control Primer” in Quality Whitetails magazine, I shared strategies for effective weed control in cool- and warm-season food plots. I also included several food plot mixtures and matching weed-control methods I have used successfully. Here’s a brief excerpt from that article looking at strategies for weed control in warm-season food …

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How to Frost-Seed Food Plots

If you live in an area where the surface layer of soil freezes during winter, you can save fuel and equipment costs by frost-seeding a portion of your plots. Frost seeding involves spreading seed on frozen ground and allowing the freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycle that occurs as spring approaches to provide good seed-to-soil contact. When moisture in …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Sugar Beets

For a unique addition to your whitetail food plot smorgasbord, try adding sugar beets. Sugar beets are actually an agricultural crop that is commonly grown for sucrose production. Farmers grow this large root-producing plant and process the root into sugar. Although commercial production occurs primarily in the northern United States, it can be an attractive …

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Kip’s Korner: Annuals, Perennials & Row Crops

Food plots are incredibly popular across the whitetail’s range, but their proper preparation, planting and maintenance can get confusing very quickly. Even a discussion of commonly-planted species can leave food plotters scratching their heads. I hope to clearly explain the main groups of food plot species and describe how they can be used in a …

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