25% an achievable goal

I believe it is very easy for all of you food plotters to increase your food plot nutrition and efficiency by 25%. No matter how small or large your plots are, if you are able to provide 25% more lbs of dry matter and units of energy, protein and minerals, you will be able to support 25% more deer. Say one has only enough area to plant 2 acres of food plots, if you are able to increase your available groceries by 25% it's like you just added an extra 1/2 acre. So what can be done to make this happen? 1) Test your soil and maintain 6.0-7.0 pH on them 2) Use the correct amount of fertilizer. Putting only 100 lbs per year of potassium on your legumes when they need 200 lbs of potassium will not

Benchmarking, where are you now?

No matter if you are a first time food plotter or seasoned veteran, have you recently done any benchmarking? Do you know where your program is compared to the norm? Where have you came from and where are you now? Where are you going in the future with your food plot and wildlife program? I challenge each and every one of you to ponder this. For me, I got into managed intensive grazing consulting back around 1992. I have been an independent nutritionist since 1991. The first food plot seeds I ever planted were turnips, chicory and kura clover. Over the years many of the forages we see now in the wildlife industry I was selling to the farmers and graziers. It gave me a lot of hands on insight

How to reduce grasses in clover plots.

So many people post how they have grass issues in their clover plots. Here is my talking points and tips to reduce that. 1) Planting clovers on soils with a pH below 6.0. You might see some initial germination but your growth will stunt and you won't see a vigorous thick stand. 2) Not using enough fertilizer. So many people just put an initial application of fertilizer down but they overlook the important early fall application of potassium that is needed. A huge amount of potassium is mined from the soil by legumes. A good indicator of nutrient use of forages is looking at the nutrient content of those forages. Clovers and alfalfa run 2-3% potassium. You need 200-300 units of potassium ever

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