Wildlife food plots are a popular method among landowners to supplement the dietary requirements for species such as white-tailed deer. Knowing the fundamentals of establishing food plots is key for success. Learn how to establish food plots and ind out more about several different tractor implements that may be used for soil preparation and seed planting.
1. Soil Fertility
First, consider the soil type and fertility of your property to know what kinds of plants you can have in your food plot. One good way to determine the soil type on your property is to use the Web Soil Survey mapping tool developed by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. After that, take a soil sample and send it to the Texas A&M Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory to determine the fertility of your soil and if any nutrients need to be added to the soil.
2. Soil & Site Preparation
Before planting, it is important to have a level seedbed with unwanted vegetation removed so that the plants can grow. These are the implements that can help you do this:
3. Seed distribution & Planting
There are a couple of ways to distribute the seed. If broadcasting, it is important to go back over with an implement to press those seeds into the ground to ensure good seed-to-soil contact. But you can also use a no-till seed drill which will plant seeds into the ground. These are the implements that will help you do this:
Source Article: New videos explain how to use farm equipment for wildlife food plots by Blake Alldredge