General Deer Plot Maintenance

 Maintaining a clover and alfalfa wildlife plot adds to appeal and longevity. Depending on how much your plot is grazed in the summer, you may have to mow your plot to about 4-6 inches. It is best of you have a tool to catch your clippings. Mowing should be done when plants reach 12-14 inches tall.  This will create fresh, new, tasty growth.  Cut all plants to 4-6 inches high, do not mow when it is hot and dry. Mowing also keeps the tops of weeds down and helps prevent seeding. 

 Another way to control unwanted grass and broadleaf weeds is with the use of herbicides. Herbicides are the most cost effective way to rid your fields of grasses and weeds. Weeds need to be treated before they take over the plot. Be sure to buy herbicides that will eliminate only the weeds, such as the Whitetail Institute’s Arrest or Slay.

The Whitetail Institute has successfully tested and recommends Arrest and Slay herbicides to control weeds.  Arrest herbicide is used for the control of many grasses. Slay herbicide is used for control of broadleaf weeds. Both rapidly enter the plants through the foliage and stops growth within 48 hours of application.  Normally it will take 20 to 30 days to see the full effect of the application. Arrest is for grasses and can be applied with a wide variety of application equipment.  Slay is used for broadleaf weeds and can be used in any 4-wheeler or tractor sprayer but not in a hand sprayer. Slay also needs a stickler additive to work.

Once your plot is established, fertilize once or twice a year at the rate of  about 300 pound of fertilizer per acre. If planting clovers, do not use a high nitrogen fertilizer, clovers produce nitrogen. For clovers use 0-20-20 if available, or a fertilizer with the lowest first number.  Spring and early fall are the best times to fertilize.  Always apply fertilizer when plants are dry. It is best to do a soil analysis every 2-3 years to insure the recommended Ph and fertility.

Featured Products

FORAGE DAIKON RADISH ( 5 pounds) forage daikon radish seed   Forage Daikon Radish Seeds 5 lb 
Deerseeds Premium Deer Plot Mix (8 pounds) premium mix Premium Deer Plot Mix 8 lbs  Plants 1 Acre This seed mix can be planted without tilling the soil, no plow needed.  The seeds need to make soil contact and need moisture to germinate. 
Purple Top Turnip and NZ Forage Rape Plot Mix (3 lbs, 1 acre) Brassica Rapeseed and Turnip Mix 3 lbs , 1 acre Turnip and Rapeseed are favorite brassica plants for deer food plots, rapeseed does well planted with turnips. This mix produces high quality forage brassica, that is very drought tolerant. The deer will love the large succulent leaves on both plants, and will dig up the turnip when food is scarce.
Butter & Sugar, Bi-color Sweet Corn ( 1 pound) sweetcorn  Butter and Sugar bi-color Sweet Corn, 1 lb 73 days to maturity   Butter and Sugar is a very popular bi-color variety, the kernels are yellow and white with delicious sweet flavor.  Ears grow about 7 1/2 inches long with 12 to 14 rows of sweet kernels.  This sweet corn keep in excellent condition for several days when ready to harvest. Great for freezing. Plant corn seeds about 1 in deep, space about 10 inches apart, plant as soon as soil warms.