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The Development of Biologic Seed Using Brassicas
Before Bio Logic was introduced, most sportsmen established food plots for
deer by planting small grains such as wheat, oats, and rye or various clover
varieties. Of these crops, clovers were considered the most technically
advanced. During the last few years, several varieties of these clovers have
been blended together in a effort to create deer forage.
In 1998, Brassicas were introduced to sportsman and the North American deer
world as a primary component of Mossy Oak Bio Logic’s deer forage blends. For
many years, Brassicas have been recognized by forage researchers and
nutritionists for their digestibility and nutritional quality.
Over three decades ago, forage researchers in New Zealand
creating several cultivars of forage Brassicas specifically for deer. Cultivars
are created by crossbreeding two or more existing species (or cultivars) to
create a "new" plant that has either the desired characteristics of each of the
parent plants, or eliminates the undesirable characteristics.
The New Zealand researchers have used this crossbreeding strategy to create
superior Brassicas for deer forage. Since Brassicas are relatively easy to
crossbreed (compared to other plants like clover), and are naturally very
nutritious and digestible, these researchers were able to create several forage
varieties with extremely desirable characteristics for deer. What are these
desirable characteristics? They include yield (tonnage produced), palatability,
digestibility, and nutrition.
Since the introduction of brassicas to the food plot market there have
been many of a success story by hunters and conservationists alike.
Brassicas have filled a niche in the world of food plots and we have tireless
researchers in New Zealand to thank for this exceptional food plot forage.