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PLANTING FOOD PLOT SEEDS

Natural Game Seed MixtureEstablishing your wildlife food plot from seeds requires proper planting of your seeds. Different seeds require different planting depths.

However by following the suggested guidelines for each type of seed or mixture, you can realize a successful planting of your food plot.

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Carefully prepare your food plot site following the instructions on our preparation page for wildlife seeds. Then follow both the instructions on the seed you purchase (if any) and our general guidelines for planting listed below:

  1. First determine the area you will be planting.  Measure out each food plot on paper and that way you can calculate the amount of seed needed for each food plot.  An acre is equal to 43,560 sq. ft.  -   Once you know the dimensions of each food plot, you can measure out the correct proportion of seeds to plant at each site based on the seeding rate. We have a helpful chart at the bottom of our page Planting Food Plots.


  2. Secondly - Once your food plot area has been properly tilled and you have good clean soil you can then proceed to broadcast or drill your seeds.
      
  3. How to Plant? Most small food plots are planted by broadcasting your seeds over the tilled area.  We suggest that you divide the portion of seed that you will need to plant into two separate portions.  Calibrate your seeder if you are using a mechanical broadcaster for the desired seeding rate.  Walk one (North-South for instance) direction over your food plot and broadcast that portion.   Then broadcast the remaining portion walking East-West.  This technique provides for a more uniform coverage of your planting area with your seeds.
      
  4. Next you will need to cover the seeds with a layer of soil. This can be accomplished in several ways:

Covering Your Food Plot Seeds

If the food plot is small enough you can use a steel rake to rake the area the seed were broadcast.  The raking action both makes little furrows that the seed fall into and also covers the seeds. 

If you have a small tractor or other powered device (4-wheeler / lawn mower), you can drag a section of fence wire (or chain link fence) or even a wooden fence post behind your device...  This action causes the soil to cover your seed and also drags the seeds into crevices that were made when you first tilled your site.

KEEP IN MIND that the correct planting depth for seeds is one of the most critical things you do in establishing a food plot.  Do not harrow in your seeds.  If you plant the seeds too deep (too much soil coverage), seed depth can be 1/8" to 1" depending on the type and size of the seed you are planting, the seeds will simply not germinate. The best policy is to follow the directions on the seed packaging that you plan to plant.

Food Plot Seed Spreaders

Seedland.com has several different low cost Hand held seeders that are ideal for planting (broadcasting) your wildlife seeds. Order one when you purchase your wildlife seeds from Seedland.
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WE ALSO SELL COMMERCIAL FOOD-PLOT PLANTERS FOR USE WITH TRACTORS & ATV's (4-Wheelers) ---
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After Planting Your Food Plot Seed

  1. After you have dragged or raked your planting area, if you have access to a small roller you can drag or pull the roller over your planted site to help firm the soil around the seeds. This extra action provides for a better germination of your site.
     

  2. Water your planting if at all possible. Seeds are very little plants in the beginning, and extremes of temperatures or weather, especially the lack of rain or too much rain, can cause difficulties with germination.  Many times the cause of why you did not get a good establishment of your planted food plot was simply because it was too dry for the seed to properly germinate.


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  4. Follow good maintenance practices on your site including fertilizing.

Additional Food Plot Planting Tips

Planting Method for Wildlife Products
Planting Methods from Pennington Seed:

Method: Prepare a smooth, firm seedbed by plowing and dragging the soil. This will remove all vegetation and debris from the site thus eliminating competition. Fertilizer and lime can be applied during this step so it can be worked into the soil. Broadcast the seed at the recommended rate evenly across the area. Using a light drag or packer, cover the seed no deeper than the maximum depth indicated. Making good seed to soil contact is the key to establishing a productive food plot.

Fertility
Soil test: Apply lime according to test results to maintain a 6.0-7.0 pH

Fertility: Apply Pennington Wildlife Food Plot Fertilizer 8-12-12 at a rate of 400 lbs./acre or 10 pounds per 1000 sq. ft. Follow the directions on the bag for subsequent applications. This fertilizer is specially formulated for wildlife food plots as well as native and natural vegetation. It is made up of slow release nitrogen fertilizer that will last for months. It has all the major and minor nutrients your plants will need such as iron, zinc, boron and many more. In addition, it contains dolomitic pelletized limestone to aid in neutralizing acidic soils.

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