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Lablab is a high quality legume
that is ideal for wildlife food plots for deer
and other wildlife. Lab Lab can be used in mixtures with other forage
and wildlife crops or
alone to provide silage, green chop or pasture for livestock. We usually recommend, when planting in a food plot,
planting Lab Lab with forage sorghum, millet, sorghum-sudangrass or corn.
The Lab Lab vines will wrap around and grow up the stalks of these plants such
allowing both of the plants to thrive and provide forage to animals. Lablab has
a protein range between 21 and 28% and is a high quality forage choice
for summer pastures and summer grown food plots.
Note: Do not plant sorghum or suddangrass in livestock pastures.
Planting Methods For Lab-Lab
To establish Lab Lab for pasture or wildlife plots, disc harrow,
smooth and firm the seed bed in the spring when ground temperatures are
maintaining a temp between 65 and 70 degrees. Add Inoculant (if not in bag
it is already applied to seed) to seed before planting.
Allow 4 to 5 weeks of growth prior to grazing for cattle.
For wildlife food plots always plant with corn, millet or sorghum to allow plants to
establish properly. Lab Lab is adapted to most sites from partially dry
conditions to occasional water logged soils. Lab Lab produces abundant
forage throughout the summer, growing until first frost occurs in the fall. Lab
Lab has good drought and heat resistance and is used throughout the Southeast
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Uses: This summer bean is extremely high yielding and drought
tolerant. Since it is vulnerable to early grazing pressure, plant in big fields
or protect with fencing or repellents. Once established, Lab Lab’s high protein
makes it excellent for deer throughout the summer and fall until a killing
Planting Lab Lab
LabLab should be planted with other
crops such as millet, sorghum or corn to provide a stalk
for the vines to climb up. This will help increase its productivity. LabLab is a
high protein summer annual legume ideal for wildlife food plots. Deer & Rabbits
love eating the large green leaves as they grow up into the stalks of forage
sorghum, millet, sorghum sudangrass or corn. LabLab is extremely drought tolerant, and
its leaves remain green through normal dry periods, thus it is continuing to attract wildlife. LabLab will produce forage throughout the summer until first frost in
the fall stops growth. Note: Do not plant sorghum or suddangrass in livestock pastures.
Planting Rate: Plant 5 lbs. per per acre if planted in drilled rows 6-8 inches apart or broadcast at 10 lbs. per acre. The seeds should be covered to a depth of 1/2 inch for proper germination to occur.
Date: April - June
Rate: 10 lbs./acre or ¼ lb./1000 sq.ft.
SOUTHERN U.S.: April (after all danger of frost) – August
NORTHERN U.S.: May (after all danger of frost) – June
METHOD: No-till drilled in 6-8” rows or broadcast and rolled firm
TYPE: Summer annual legume
ADAPTATION: From Eastern Texas and Oklahoma across the South to the
Atlantic coast and north to Canada. In the Pacific Northwest, and in river
valleys and irrigated pastures of the intermountain region.
NUTRITION: With a protein range between 21% and 28%, LabLab is a high
quality forage choice for summer food plots during a time when antler and fawn
development are critical.
FERTILIZER & MANAGEMENT: Soil testing is highly recommended. Liming to
a pH of 6.0-6.5 and providing adequate levels of potassium and phosphorus are
necessary to ensure a productive stand. See your local county extension office
for details. Allow 4 to 5 weeks of growth before cattle grazing. For wild game
plots, plant with corn, millet or sorghum to allow plants to establish.
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