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Food Plots With Partridge Peas Feed All Types of
Partridge peas provide a a
winter food source for wildlife that has both quality and
quantity as a winter
forage. These peas make a great insect habitat for turkeys and other
bug eaters as well as producing seeds for quail, dove and other
wildlife. The plants leaves are also eaten by deer and rabbits.
Partridge Peas are annual
legumes that are reseeding (under ideal conditions) and grow from 1 to 5 ft. tall.
They are very popular because they will grow well in all soil
types. Partridge peas are a good all around forage that can provide food,
habitat, cover and nesting locations for wildlife during the appropriate seasons.
Since this pea variety will reseed it is best to prepare the soil,
plant and lightly pack for good moisture contact in early spring.
Make sure you lightly fertilize if the soil is really poor. Larger areas are
best managed by burning or lightly disking (second season) in March to promote spreading
and kill back weeds to give the peas a head start. Partridge peas
tend to be slow to germinate (over 100 days) and should be planted as
early as possible in February by broadcasting at the rate of 10-20
lb. per acre.
Type: warm season reseeding annual legume
Uses: Partridge peas are slow to establish but are well suited to most
any type soil and tolerant of acid conditions. They will produce abundant yellow
flowers late in the summer with small black seeds that are excellent feed for
birds such as quail. The seeds are fairly hard and will stay in the soil or on the ground all winter
for feeding use. They will consistently reseed each year and tend to thicken year after year.
Planting Partridge Peas
- Date: Feb. - April
- Rate: 15 lbs./acre or ½ lb./1000 sq. ft.
- Depth: ¼"
- Best for: Deer, Turkey, Dove, Pheasant, Rabbit, Quail
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