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Question by Duckkiller4. Uploaded on July 15, 2011
Cheap & easy food plot? The cheapest and easiest food plots are the ones that are already planted. Fallow field management, hinge-cutting, and fertilizing field/woods edges are a great way to provide food for deer at minimal costs. Fallow fields usually have a lot of forbs that deer eat. If mowed, fertilized, limed, and sprayed with a grass specific herbicide like Poast, clover growth can be promoted.
The bottom line is there is no "Cheap & Easy" when it comes to food plotting. If you want to do it properly, you need to commit the time and money. Otherwise, do some research of the techniques I mentioned above. You may even want to consult with a biologist or local QDMA member to see what they would think would be best for your property.
Just so you know, there is a commercial blend known as Throw & Gro that is "Cheap & Easy" but I haven't really heard any good reviews from it.
Again, put in the time and effort, and you won't be disappointed. When each deer harvest is earned, it's appreciated a little more.
Dwarf essex rape is one of the cheapest seed to plant, but deer won't eat it until after first frost and it can take a couple of seasons to get used to it. Plant it shallow, like clover.
Oats aren't too high in cost and are tough plants. Deer like them, and planting depth isn't too critical, just don't bury them.
You'll need to put some money into fertilizer if you want a decent stand, and I'm purposely leaving out soil tests and cultipacking and other things that make for good food plots, but add to expense. Avoid seed mixes with rye grasses which make up the bulk of the no-till mixes; deer don't like them. Bioguy has some good advice.
We are testing Roll-out food Plot strips its 3'W X 10'L of clover and one of Oats mix, clear your ground cover, roll it out and water one time and watch it grow!
Haven't heard of the roll out food plot strips yet...do you have a link where I could check those out Treestand?
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