The following are detailed, step-by-step instructions for planting Imperial Alfa-Rack. By following all of the steps you should have phenomenal results from your Imperial Alfa-Rack. The only thing left to chance will be mother nature. When your Alfa-Rack is planted correctly, you will find that you have done one of the, if not the, best things you’ve ever done to improve the quality of your deer and deer hunting. You should see more deer and better quality deer.
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1. Follow all instructions below, step-by-step, when planting Imperial Alfa-Rack. (See our planting guide video for further details and instructions.)
2. Stay within the planting times for your state on the back of your Imperial Alfa-Rack bag.
3. Select an area with good well drained soil. Avoid bottomland that stays wet.
4. Disk ground thoroughly to prepare good seed bed. If weedy or new ground, disk again in 3-5 days.
5. Soil test for Alfalfa to determine fertilizer and lime requirements. Be sure the Ph of the soil is between 6.5 and 7.0. Proper Ph is a very important part of soil preparation. If no soil test is available, use 400 lbs. of 6-12-12 or equivalent fertilizer per acre. Also, apply a minimum of two tons of lime per acre. A heavy application of lime will maintain a neutral soil (7.0 Ph) for several years. (Buy your lime in bulk, not in bags. Lime is very inexpensive when bought in bulk.)
6. Prepare a good, firm seed bed. For best results use a cultipacker or heavy roller to smooth and firm the soil. If no cultipacker is available, use a weighted fence type drag (see video for details). (NOTICE: We are cultipacking before seeds are sown.)
7. With a good seed bed prepared, broadcast 17 lbs. or more seed per acre.
*If you use a hand spreader, be certain to adjust the seed opening to about 1/8 inch. This adjustment will insure proper distribution of seed. This is usually the smallest setting on most hand spreaders.
8. After broadcasting seed, use a cultipacker or some type of heavy roller to roll over field. This presses seed into ground and helps insure better seed to soil contact and good germination. If no cultipacker or roller is available, pull fence-type drag over seed (as mentioned before, see video for details). A piece of chain link fence or similar type fence drag will work. Do not cover seed more than 1/4 inch. DO NOT DISK SEED INTO GROUND. (NOTICE: This is the second time we recommend use of a cultipacker.)
9. Remember Imperial Alfa-Rack is a high quality forage seed. Proper planting effort, favorable soil, weather conditions and good timing can contribute to the success of your planting, and the ultimate impact on the quality of your deer and wildlife.
10. After planting, place a small wire basket over a portion of your Alfa-Rack so wildlife can’t graze that area. Watch the difference inside and outside the basket.
11. Do not plant during hot/dry
The following instructions are not required, but are strongly recommended for maximum performance and longevity from your Imperial Alfa-Rack food plot(s).
12. Imperial Alfa-Rack is capable of producing heavy growth. Depending on your deer and wildlife population and/or how much you plant, you need to mow your Alfa-Rack two or three times a year with bush hog to clip the weeds, alfalfa and clover down to about 4-6 inches. Mow your Alfa-Rack in the spring and summer months when alfalfa and/or weeds and grasses reach 18-20 inches tall. This will also promote tender lush growth from the Alfa-Rack. Mow everything down to 4-6 inches high. Do not mow when it is hot and dry. Remove clippings if possible. Imperial Alfa-Rack does not have to re-seed to grow from year to year. It grows from the root system. This is why Imperial Alfa-Rack maintains high protein levels (25-30%) all year, and one of the many reasons that make Imperial Alfa-Rack the absolute best food plot choice. (MOWING is critical to help control insect pest damage) MOWING will create a more attractive and longer lasting ALFA-RACK stand.
13. Once Imperial Alfa-Rack is established, fertilize once or twice a year using a 0-20-20 or similar fertilizer at the rate of 300# per acre. Spring and early fall are the best times to fertilize. Apply fertilizer when plants are dry. Note: Be sure the nitrogen or first of the three numbers is zero or as low as possible. Imperial Alfa-Rack is a legume and produces it’s own nitrogen. If nitrogen is added it will only promote weed and grass competition.
14. The first time you fertilize your existing ALFA-RACK field, add one to two pounds of boron per acre to the fertilizer. Do this only on the first application after growth has started.
15. Soil test every 2-3 years to insure proper Ph and fertility. You may need to add more lime every few years.
16. Some herbicides can be used successfully to rid your fields of grasses and weeds. The best recommendation we can make about the use of herbicides is for you to consult your local county extension officer.
Following steps 13-15 should help you control weeds and grasses in the long run and also will help you get the best and longest life from your ALFA-RACK planting.
*INFORMATION COURTESY OF THE WHITETAIL INSTITUTE