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Kale, a member of the Brassica family of plants, is a highly preferred forage for deer food plots and can provide up to 25% protein in it's leaves.
Kale is one of the best forage producers in the brassica family, producing up to 10 tons of leafy forage per acre according to variety and growing conditions. Kale has the highest
cold tolerance of all the Brassicas.
Can be grown both as a spring and
early fall crop. Loaded with vitamins A and C and
the B group.
Many hunters and wildlife conservationists will add greens,
such as kale, to a fall mixture of grass, grains and clover to attract deer to the food
plot or game plot in the fall and winter.
Planting Kale Seed For Deer Food Plots
Planting Dates: August - October - Kale grows well as a fall/winter forage in southern states. In some Northern states it can be used as a summer, fall, and winter forage. Kale grows best in cooler
weather with cold days and nights which will sweeten the leaves especially if subjected to a fall frost. The leaves will become bitter and tough if grown in warmer weather. Optimum
soil temperatures for growing kale are 60°-65°.
When planting any crop, it is important to understand that the fertility, type of soil and other environmental factors will vary according to your location. The
planting information provided here is generalized and you should adjust planting rates, times and so forth for your location. Desired plant density should be considered to help determine
your planting rate. If in doubt check with your Agricultural Extension Office.
Planting Rate: The recommended planting rate is 10 pounds per acre or ˝ lb./1000 sq.ft. for food plots. Remember that Kale grows large leaves and may over shade other plants in your food plot.
Soil: Kale prefers a sandy loam to light clay soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0. Fertilize and lime according to soil
Planting Depth: Plant seeds on a well-tilled seed-bed covering seed 1/4 to 1/2 inch deep.
Fertilization: Kales require less fertilization than other brassicas and will do well
with moderate amounts of nitrogen and potassium.
Remember to watch for Nitrogen accumulation in the plant's leaves and stems.
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