Not all oats is the same

I dropped seed off this morning to a client and he asked me, "isn't all oats the same?" He mentioned that a coop guy once told him that. Here is my answer to that question based on my experiences as a nutritionist and seed specialist. There is the following types of oats. 1) Bin run oats 2) certified seed oats 3) certified winter oats 4) certified forage oats I have planted a variety of oats in oat trials twice in the last 3 years and have some perhaps over 20 different varieties of oats in the last 25 years and here is my answer to the leading question. Bin run oats we do not know what the germ count is nor do we know how much weed seed is in the bag. There could be perhaps 10 times the wee

Get the most out of your fertilizer

So many people ask me what fertilizer they should be using on their food plots but they overlook a few things that will help them get more bang for their buck. Lime first!! If you don't have the proper soil pH, you will not be getting a very high return on your dollar. If your soil pH is 5.0, only 50% of the nitrogen and 50% of the potassium will be available. If your pH is 5.5, only 75% of the nitrogen and 75% of the potassium is available. Have enough soil organic matter. If you don't have enough soil organic matter, you will have an increased level of soil runoff. You will have increased nutrient leaching. Lastly, you will have a lower level of biological activity, which will affect nutr

1 product becomes 4

This is a discussion that creeps up periodically, Redmonds salts. I have bought and sold redmonds salts for many years, first starting with the organic and natural farmers I consulted with. When I took a job as a midwest distributor technical rep, i came across the Trophy Rock product that redmonds sold, targeting the deer folks. They soon followed with a 30 pound bag of redmond's coarse salt with a deer on the bag and called it four 65. So, Here is what you all need to know about these products. They are all good products and I even use the #10 loose salt in my deer mineral and the 44 pound block as a free choice product for farmers. I attached a picture of all 4 products. Here is some info

What you don't you want to do or buy...

So as I wandered around at the Wisconsin Deer and Turkey Expo this past weekend, some things really jumped out at me. There is some things with deer that you don't want to do. I saw a big name, up and coming company with supplements that has a deer feed that was ground medium fine, looked really dusty and was a high corn mix. Here is what is typical for deer and most animals in general. Animals do not like dusty, ANYTHING. It lowers their consumption and when you put a fine, dusty product out in the wild it gets mushy fast. The end result is a leftover pile of really smelly stuff that will mold and cause sick animals, even if they do eventually consume it. The same thing i witnessed with dee

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