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Soybeans For Food Plots
are legume plants that requires
more fertilization with additional P&K in order to provide a
high level of protein and growth. Soybeans can be easily planted from seed and
will germinate in only a few days if adequate moisture is present. Soybeans are
often eaten in the foliage stage (green beans) and after the beans have matured. Some
types can easily reseed after the seed falls to the
ground. A few varieties will produce plant material into the late season
up until frost. Inoculation improves growth by allowing the plants to
develop their own nitrogen.
Type of Plant: warm season annual legume
Food Plot Uses: Soybeans are attractive to deer from first
emergence into maturity. They are so preferred that many small acreage plantings
can be quickly wiped out by deer grazing pressure. Once damaged the soybeans will not re-grow from early browse
pressure, thus you should consider fencing or repellents for small (< 5 acre) fields
Soybeans are perfect for mixing with grain sorghum, peas, alyce clover or other
warm season annual forage legumes. When mature they will make high quality seeds for
birds and deer. For best results stagger Individual plantings of soybeans to provide
a season long production of the attractive pods and leaves.
Planting Soybeans For Food Plots
- Date: April - August
- Rate: 35 lbs. per acre or 1 lb.
per 1000 sq. ft.
- Depth: ˝"
Food Plot Seed For: Deer, Turkey, Duck, Pheasant, Rabbit, Quail
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Two Types Of soybeans For Food
Laredo Soybeans are very small and
full of black seed which are not oily and fall to the ground when fully developed and are
eaten by a host of wildlife including deer. Laredo produces more heavy green
plant material than many of
the other soybeans. These beans are best planted in combination with other food plot crops.
Plant at the rate of
20-35 lb. to the acre in April through July. - Mow (mulch) plants to
shatter seeds on the ground in
Sept / October so as to improve reseeding possibilities. Usually about 50%
of a repeat stand
will occur the second year from the seeds produced. By the third year this
is even less.
Plan on replanting third seasons and second for best results.
were especially developed for food plots and has been successful in attracting deer and
quail. These soybeans are bred to climb and have to grown in with corns. sorghums, and
have been very successful with sunflowers and any crop that they can twine around.
Bobwhite soybeans are small beans with a green/brown color to the
seed. They contain a high amount of protein like all soybeans.
They perform best when grown in row plantings with other crops.
(Bobwhite is not currently sold at Seedland).