My Food Plots Are Better Than Yours

Apr 26

IMG_2437    As a consultant, I’m always striving to gain an edge over everyone else.  I want my clients to have what no one else has, whatever that equates to!  High quality food plots have proven to be one of the most cost-effective strategies for consistently producing big, healthy whitetails.  As a result, we spend a significant amount of time on our food plot programs.  It’s well know that the forage crops we’re planting for deer are nutrient transfer agents.  Every inch of antler on your bucks is a function of the quality of your soils.  This time of year soil samples flood into my office from clients who have specific questions about the pH and fertilization requirements.  However, rarely does anyone mention their concern of having a low organic matter content.  Until recently…I’m proud to say clients are now using soil language such as CEC, organic matter content, and fertility program.

An underrated soil characteristic with food plotters is organic matter.  Organic matter is the decaying plant and animal remains that accumulate in the topsoil.  During decomposition, organic matter releases nutrients (ANTLERS!).  The organic matter remaining after major portions of plant and animal residues have decomposed is known as humus.  I had to learn all of this in a college lecture hall so I know how boring this is right now but stick with me.  Humus is extremely valuable as it binds with soil particles and improves conditions where there is either too much moisture in the soil or too little.  You will note in your soil sample reports that soils with more organic matter will require  less fertilizer and lime, saving you money!

Most food plotters are also familiar with soil acidity, represented by the soil’s pH.  Soil pH affects a plant’s ability to take up available nutrients, so pH directly impacts the quality of your food plots.  You can correct acidity with lime, but choosing the right food plot site and improving the organic matter content may reduce this need.

Yesterday I met with two great guys on Drop-Tine Farms in Bloomsburg, PA.  John Stoltzfus and Amos Fisher of Food Plots By Design.  They have developed an organic material boosting product that also has lime incorporated; it doesn’t get any better!  We applied some of their new blend to one of my research fields on Drop-Tine Farms.  I’m looking forward to tracking the results.  In the meantime, take my word for it…boosting the organic matter content in your soil WILL eventually lead  to healthier plots and bigger bucks!

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