Deer Factory: Warm Season Food Plots
February 10, 2016
Planting warm season food plots -- food plots that are planted in spring or early summer and grow throughout the warm months -- can provide a multitude of benefits for whitetails. North American Whitetail's Dr. James Kroll and Pat Hogan check out an area that will be the location of a newly established warm season food plot and find soil conditions that are less than ideal.
A soil sample is always a good idea prior to planting but when working a new area it's especially critical. The results of the soil test on this particular plot location indicated acidic soils and forage options were chosen that would have the best opportunity for success.
Warm season plots can attract deer throughout the summer months and into fall -- but for smaller areas where deer densities can decimate a plot in a hurry, electric fencing can be employed to keep deer out while the crops are getting established. A warm season food plot can also be used as a soil-builder for a fall planting. Tilling under the warm season crop can help to build soil by adding beneficial organic matter.
Check out the video segment for advice from Kroll and Hogan.