management and planting food plots are very hot topics these days. Many
people have tried to plant food plots with limited success. What is
surprising is a good many are going to plant the same thing, the same
way, with the same results again this year. "Why do the same thing
and expect different results." If you’re going to do it, do it
right! Now is the time to start preparing for your spring planting.
with a plan. Think about your goals. Do you want to grow bigger antlers
and healthier deer? Or, maybe all you want to do is draw them off of
your neighbor’s property during hunting season. Or, maybe you want to
accomplish both. Think about it now, however, because how you go about
In a food plot situation
it can be difficult to produce a good yield of corn. Because of the way
that BioMaxx, a new blend from BioLogic, is blended, maximum yield is
achieved. The soybeans are browsed during the summer allowing the corn
to mature. And the soybeans affix nitrogen to the soil helping each
stalk of corn to produce big ears.
will be different.
It is a
good idea to obtain an aerial photo or topographical map of your
property and decide the location of your plots. Study your maps
carefully. If you combine the location of your plots with other property
habitat enhancements like woods-work or logging, you can have a huge
influence over the movements and habits of your herd. If you do things
right you can dictate to them where they will bed, where they will
travel and where they will feed. This makes hunting them much easier.
Here, the author poses
with a nice buck taken because of proper planning well in advance of the
have the equipment to do the job? Do you have a big tractor with a disk?
Plan ahead to make sure you have the equipment to do the job properly.
Then think about if can you get the equipment to the proposed site? Many
people have an ATV but may not have the ATV implements. Because of the
popularity of planting food plots these days, many rental businesses are
starting to rent ATV food plot implements. Think about all of these
details before planting season is here.
also need to determine what to plant. After fifteen years of planting
just about everything that you can think of for whitetail, I’ve
learned to keep it simple. In my opinion, a blend is a much better idea
than single crops. Unless you’re a cash-crop farmer that has the
knowledge, pesticides, herbicides and equipment to care for that
specific crop, you’re
setting yourself up for failure. With a blend there is usually several
plants that will do well no matter how harsh your conditions and farming
practices are. On the properties that I manage throughout the country I
have very good luck with all of the different blends from Mossy Oak
BioLogic. Each blend provides a different aspect towards my management
recommend a new blend that BioLogic has called BioMaxx. I planted
BioMaxx for the first time last spring and the results amazed me. It is
a scientifically blended ratio of Round-Up Ready® beans and corn. This
is the most innovative, high-tech food plot I’ve ever planted. Finally
a product that allows you to break the cycle of summer weeds!
food-plot farmers have hesitated to plant soybeans because deer consume
them so rapidly. Likewise, corn produces no food during the summer
months. BioLogic has worked
on researching both bean and corn varieties that have the necessary
characteristics to produce in a "food-plot environment." They
have also taken it a step further by discovering a method of planting
the beans and corn together to create a summer and fall food source that
is extremely attractive and nutritious for deer.
the best features of this blend is that this technology allows you to
"double-crop." All summer you have the bean forage production,
then they get on to the corn allowing for the beans to mature, then they
eat the corn and beans through the fall and winter. During this time,
because of the Round-Up Ready® feature, you’re creating a totally
weed-free seed bed underneath your beans and corn. It’s a perfect
BioLogic has created a
scientifically blended ratio of Round-Up Ready® beans and corn. This
product will break the cycle of summer weeds and it gives you both
nutrition and attraction power.
situation to over-seed with Maximum or Clover Plus. The beans will turn
brown and the corn leaves will droop allowing the sun to penetrate your
new weed-free seed bed allowing the Maximum to grow.
planting anything for whitetail, proper preparation is a key to
beautiful, lush plots. As soon as you can a soil analysis should be
done. A very easy, in-expensive way to do this is to go to www.mossyoakbiologic.com
and follow the instructions there. Otherwise, any county seat or
feed & seed should do this for you for around $10 to $20. This
should be done as soon as you can because your soil may require
preparation before you can plant.
many other steps in planting beautiful, lush, whitetail-attracting food
plots. However, this much you can do now. In a couple of months the real
Todd Amenrud is the Director of Public Relations,
Territory Manager & Habitat Consultant for BioLogic.