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PLANTING FOOD PLOT SEEDS
Establishing your wildlife food plot from
seeds requires proper planting of your seeds. Different seeds require different
However by following the suggested guidelines for
each type of seed or mixture, you can realize a successful planting of your food plot.
Download (PDF) RackMaster Wildlife
Planting Guide (Food
Includes "How to Instructions" for successful planting.
PLANTING SEEDS ON WILDLIFE PLOTS
food plot site following the instructions on our preparation page for wildlife seeds.
Then follow both the instructions on the seed you purchase (if any) and our general
guidelines for planting listed below:
- First determine the area you will be planting. Measure out each food plot on paper and that way you can calculate the amount of seed
needed for each food plot. An acre is equal to 43,560 sq. ft. - Once
you know the dimensions of each food plot, you can measure out the correct proportion of
seeds to plant at each site based on the seeding rate. We have a helpful chart
at the bottom of our page Planting Food
- Secondly - Once your food plot area has been properly
tilled and you have good clean soil you can then proceed to broadcast or drill your seeds.
- How to Plant? Most small food plots are planted by broadcasting
your seeds over the tilled area. We suggest that you divide
of seed that you will need to plant into two separate portions. Calibrate your
seeder if you are using a mechanical broadcaster for the desired seeding rate. Walk
one (North-South for instance) direction over your food plot and broadcast that portion.
Then broadcast the remaining portion walking East-West. This technique
provides for a more uniform coverage of your planting area with your seeds.
- Next you will need to cover the seeds with a layer of
soil. This can be accomplished in several ways:
Covering Your Food Plot Seeds
If the food plot is small enough you
can use a steel rake to rake the area the seed were broadcast. The raking action
both makes little furrows that the seed fall into and also covers the seeds.
If you have a small tractor or other powered device (4-wheeler / lawn mower),
you can drag a section of fence wire (or chain link fence) or even a wooden fence post
behind your device... This action causes the soil to cover your seed and also drags
the seeds into crevices that were made when you first tilled your site.
KEEP IN MIND that the correct planting depth for seeds
is one of the most critical things you do in establishing a food plot. Do not harrow
in your seeds. If you plant the seeds too deep (too much soil coverage),
seed depth can be 1/8" to 1" depending on the type and size of the seed you are
planting, the seeds
will simply not germinate. The best policy is to
follow the directions on the seed packaging that you plan to plant.
Food Plot Seed Spreaders
has several different low cost Hand held seeders that are ideal for planting (broadcasting)
your wildlife seeds. Order one when you
purchase your wildlife seeds from Seedland.
Click on Picture to order....More selections are available.
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FOOD-PLOT PLANTERS FOR USE WITH TRACTORS & ATV's
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After Planting Your Food Plot Seed
After you have dragged or raked your planting area, if
you have access to a small roller you can drag or pull the roller over your planted site
to help firm the soil around the seeds. This extra action provides for a better
germination of your site.
Water your planting if at all possible. Seeds are very
little plants in the beginning, and extremes of temperatures or weather, especially the
lack of rain or too much rain, can cause difficulties with germination. Many times
the cause of why you did not get a good establishment of your planted food plot was simply
because it was too dry for the seed to properly germinate.
Follow good maintenance practices on your site
Additional Food Plot Planting Tips
Planting Method for
Planting Methods from Pennington Seed:
Method: Prepare a smooth, firm
seedbed by plowing and dragging the soil. This will remove all
vegetation and debris from the site thus eliminating
competition. Fertilizer and lime can be applied during this step
so it can be worked into the soil. Broadcast the seed at the
recommended rate evenly across the area. Using a light drag or
packer, cover the seed no deeper than the maximum depth
indicated. Making good seed to soil contact is the key to
establishing a productive food plot.
Soil test: Apply lime according to test results to
maintain a 6.0-7.0 pH
Fertility: Apply Pennington Wildlife Food Plot Fertilizer
8-12-12 at a rate of 400 lbs./acre or 10 pounds per 1000 sq. ft.
Follow the directions on the bag for subsequent applications.
This fertilizer is specially formulated for wildlife food plots
as well as native and natural vegetation. It is made up of slow
release nitrogen fertilizer that will last for months. It has
all the major and minor nutrients your plants will need such as
iron, zinc, boron and many more. In addition, it contains
dolomitic pelletized limestone to aid in neutralizing acidic