Are you wondering when to plant fall food plots? As deer enthusiasts, we understand the vital role that fall food plots play in attracting and maintaining a healthy deer population. These plots, filled with nutrient-rich vegetation, help prepare deer for the winter. However, the successful establishment of a fall food plot hinges on two important factors: the right timing and quality seed selection. This guide aims to demystify the process and delve deeper into when and how to plant fall food plots.
The Importance of Fall Food Plots
Fall food plots are crucial for a healthy deer population, primarily because they provide a critical food source when other resources are scarce. As deer gear up for winter, their nutritional needs increase, making a well-stocked fall food plot a significant draw for the animals. When properly timed and managed, these plots encourage deer to frequent your land and maintain their health during the winter months. However, a successful plot relies heavily on timing and seed quality.
Fall Food Plot Planting Dates
The time frame for planting fall food plots generally falls between late summer and early fall. The ideal time for planting can be influenced by several factors such as regional climate, local soil conditions, and the specific type of seeds being used. In colder climates like Northern Minnesota where Frigid Forage is based, you'll want to time your planting to allow the food plot to become established before the first hard frost.
Soil temperature is crucial when planting. Aim for when the soil temperature is between 50 to 65°F. This is usually in late summer or early fall, but can vary based on your location. Keep an eye on local weather forecasts and rainfall patterns, as moisture is essential for germination.
Choosing the Right Fall Food Plot Seed for Deer
Selecting the right seeds for your fall food plot is crucial and can significantly affect the plot's success. High-quality seeds, free of fillers and coatings, are more likely to germinate and flourish into robust plants which are critical for deer during the fall.
At Frigid Forage, we provide only high-quality food plot blends that are 100% seed with no coatings or fillers offering several options perfect for fall planting. Our ' Big-N-Beasty' blend is our #1 seller containing a blend of four different types of forage rape, two varieties of turnips, kale, and forage radishes that deer simply can't resist. This mix is perfect for the fall and winter as it remains palatable even after the first frosts hit. Our Autumn Quick Plot seed blend is also ideal for the late season. The winter rye, winter wheat, and winter peas will pop up quickly, while the turnips, radishes, and rape will continue to attract throughout the fall.
Best Fall Food Plot for Deer
When it comes to the best fall food plots for deer, diversity is key. A combination of grains, brassicas, and legumes can provide a balanced diet for deer while also ensuring that different plant types mature at different times, providing a consistent food source.
Our Wild Game Buffet mix contains several types of clover known for their winter hardiness and attractiveness to deer along with a 15% nurse crop of turnip, radish and rape that will provide additional forage that will last into winter. Furthermore, the clover not only provides a high-protein food source for deer but also contributes to soil health by fixing nitrogen.
Avoiding Common Fall Food Plot Mistakes
Even experienced landowners can make mistakes when planting food plots. Common pitfalls include planting at the wrong time, choosing poor-quality seeds, or overlooking the soil health. At Frigid Forage, we provide not just top-quality seeds, but also practical advice to help avoid these errors.
Remember that a successful plot isn't just about the seeds. The soil needs to be fertile and well-drained, and the plot should ideally be in an area receiving ample sunlight. Beyond seeds, you'll also need the right fertilizers and equipment.
Knowing when to plant fall food plots and what seeds to use are two key steps towards successful deer management. With Frigid Forage's high-quality seed blends and expert advice, you'll be well-equipped to create a food plot that not only attracts deer but also provides them with the nutrients they need for the harsh winter months. Through our commitment to formulating blends that work well in cold climates and our dedication to offering only 100% seed blends since 1987, we've set ourselves apart in the industry. So why risk your time and money on an inferior seed? Choose Frigid Forage, and give your deer the nutrient-rich plots they deserve.