Food Plot Corn.

Here is some food for thought today on the topic of corn. Corn can be a great screening source or food source but here is some "beyond the bag." Most newer genetics has numerous traits. The genetics has evolved to maximize yields as well as fast dry down. As a result we see higher starch levels, lower crude protein levels and a much harder kernel. University studies have shown it takes up to 6 months in storage to get normal effective digestion from the newer genetic corns. This is why most dairy farmers had to turn to grinding their corn like pig feed to get their cattle to milk on it. This is also why many progressive dairy farmers have turned to either conventional corn, brown mid rib gen

Winter bulbs and food plot stockpiling.

In the managed intensive grazing community the term "stockpiling" has been used for many years. Stockpiling is forage that is allowed to grow and accumulate for use at a later time or during a period of forage deficit. This might be a new concept for many wildlife managers and food plotters. Deer need to eat 365 days a year and weather it's the harsh northern winters or the extreme southern summer heats, we need as much available forage for our wildlife as possible. Here is some ways one can stockpile forages. 1) Winter Bulbs. Most people are aware of the use of turnips as a winter energy source for wildlife but there are other overlooked options. Here is some forages to consider. Sugar bee

The Seed Supply Chain

The Seed World is smaller than you think.To many people, what seed is to them is the bag they grab off the shelf at their current seed supplier. For me, I’ve been a involved in seed industry for about 25 years at both the distributor level and retail level. What many aren’t aware of is how the process works. Here is a little overview on the process. Most of the seed sold in the US moves from west to east. Much of the US seed production for legumes, grasses and brassicas is grown in Oregon and Washington and other western states. The people who grow the seed are primary production or growers. After they grow the seed, the seed gets conditioned. Cleaning and bagging is sometimes done by the gr

How to add 70" of antler growth in a year.

Some of you have seen a lot of really nice deer harvested by G.R.O clients. Below is a shed found this past season and the horns from that same buck harvested a few months later. That is over 70” of added growth between his 2nd year rack and his 3rd year rack. How is this possible? Deer need 365 days a year of nutrition. When a deer goes into the winter in good condition and doesn’t lose much weight during the winter, they don’t go through a period of compensatory gain. What that means is they immediately start using their nutrient intakes for body weight and horn growth. For does they produce more milk and that in turn gets the fawns off to a jump start. A fawns growth curve is a lot like o

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