As much as I like to think I’ve got it all together, today was a not so subtle reminder that I’ve still got a nasty knack for procrastinating. I’ve gotten behind on a lot of neccessary preparations on my properties and particularly on a food plot I wanted to put in. I finally thought I had everything I needed to quickly til up my plot and plant it tonight, but of course, that didn’t work out. Ended up that my Roto tiller couldn’t dig up the hard as rock dirt and couldn’t handle getting tangled up in all the dead grass. Mission failed, even before I got to spread the seed! Luckily my landlord had a tractor that he generously put to work in clearing my plot of dead grass. Now I just need to try tilling it up one last time and hopefully I’ll be ready to put in my Whitetail Institute No Plow!
This plot I’ll be putting in will essentially be a small attractant plot, that will hopefully bring a few more deer through the area to munch on their way to and from their bedding area. No Plow is a blend primarily of Rye, Rape and Clover that should be particularly palatable and hardy during the colder fall months. If you’re planning on putting in a hunting plot yourself, here are a few tips that might be helpful.
With a blend like No Plow, it’s important to get good seed to soil contact. So when putting in something like this, try to spread the seed on a firm packed surface and then use a drag or cultipacker to make sure the contact is good. Another important suggestion I have heard from a variety of sources is to “sweeten” the plot just before the season or about 30 days after you plant. Use a high nitrogren fertilizer, like 34-0-0, to give your plot an extra boost in productiveness and attractiveness for the season. Another great benefit of planting something like No Plow, with a high Rye content, is that it will give your soil a great nitrogen boost the next spring. The root systems hold a lot of nitrogen, which come spring when disced up will release and help your current crops. Many people plant a grain in the fall to prepare their spring plots for Clover or Alfalfa, and this is exactly what I plan to do. Next spring I’ll be expanding the size of this plot and putting in a perennial clover, so I’ll be getting the attracting power of grains this fall and the added benefit of soil improvement for the spring!
Anyone else recently put in a fall hunting plot? What kind of plot did you put in?