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Winter Food Plots Using Imperial Winter-Greens

Deer Feeding In SnowAccording to which part of the country you live in, your deer food plot either looses it's allure or becomes mired in snowfall during the winter season. A serious game manager or hunter knows that you must have a continual supply of attractive food for deer and other wildlife in your food plots or the wildlife will stop coming.

A late season planting of Imperial Winter Greens will solve this issue.  Deer, like humans, need their greens and this blend of winter greens gets sweeter as the weather gets colder.  This blend of cold season brassicas are specifically designed for late season food plots. Brassicas by nature actually sweeten with a hard frost.

Winter-Greens is a drought resistant blend of select brassicas (specially developed greens) that withstands cold temperatures and will even stand tall out of the snow so that the deer can easily find it.  You know this will keep them coming to your food plot on your property.

The brassicas in Winter-Greens are palatable to deer right away, and they get even tastier after a hard frost. So, while other food plots are becoming less appealing, or are getting eaten down, Winter-Greens is getting better. And don’t think the deer don’t know it!

Winter-Greens Preferred 4-to-1 Over Other Brassica Food Plots

The Whitetail Institute knows food plots. It also knows brassicas. Brassica has been a late-season food source component in various Whitetail Institute food plot products since 1993. One of the biggest obstacles the Institute researchers had to overcome with a pure brassica blend was palatability. Researchers tested hundreds of brassicas and brassica blends and after years of testing, finally discovered a specific blend of “hybrid” brassicas that proved to be incredibly attractive and produced tons of forage. In fact, in “cafeteria tests” performed using wild, free-ranging whitetail deer across the U.S., Winter-Greens was preferred over other brassica food plot products by at least 4-to-1. That’s right, 4-to-1. Now that’s a considerable difference.

Winter-Greens Makes Your Deer Food Plot Healthier

You and I will buy Winter-Greens because it will attract Food Plot of Winter Greensdeer to our property for late-season hunting or watching. But there is another tremendous advantage to Winter-Greens. It also gives our deer an exceptionally nutritious, easy-to-eat food source during the most difficult time of year for deer—old man winter.

Let’s face it, we want big bucks. And bucks get big when they get the nutrients necessary to grow antlers during the antler-growing season. That is the main mantra of The Whitetail Institute’s Imperial Whitetail Clover and other food plot products. That said, a buck can have the best nutritional food sources available starting in the spring when he begins to grow antlers, but if he is in sorry shape due to the rigors of winter, his system is going to direct a lot of those nutrients to his body.

The point is this: all things being equal, a buck that is healthy going into the antler-growing season will produce a better set of antlers than a buck that is a victim of the hardships of winter.

Winter-Greens, because it does so well in the snow and cold and because it is so readily available to the deer, will give your deer a better start on their antlers. Of course, this applies to the health of your does too.

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How to Determine Your Food Plot Strategy With Winter-Greens

Winter-Greens food plot seed is an annual. I recommend that you determine where your deer tend to hang out on your property during the late fall or winter and then supplement your food plot plan with a plot of Winter-Greens in that particular area. We already know deer will naturally follow the path of least resistance when it comes to food. Why make it any more difficult for them?

You will most likely have some activity on your Winter-Greens food plot before the first frost, but the majority of activity will occur after the first HARD frost. At this point, the deer will make a decision based on the taste and availability of other food sources relative to Winter-Greens. In other words, don’t expect the deer to ignore other food sources and make a beeline to your Winter-Greens food plot just because you’ve experienced a hard frost. But once other food sources lose their appeal (and they will) or once the snows come and other food plots get covered, that’s when Winter-Greens will really attract the deer. Remember the situation I described at the beginning of this article and the availability component of Winter-Greens. You could very well, with the right conditions, have a virtual deer parade to your Winter-Greens  food plot.

Another huge advantage of Winter-Greens is it is extremely drought tolerant. With just reasonable amounts of rainfall, Winter-Greens will produce a lot of high-quality winter food.

FAQ'S About using Winter Greens In Your Food Plot

Q: What led to the development of Winter-Greens?
A: The Whitetail Institute has more experience researching brassicas on wild whitetail deer in North America than anyone. The Whitetail Institute has been researching and providing brassicas to hunters and managers since 1993, long before anyone else was even in the food plot market. All this research led to the development of Winter-Greens.

Q: Why is Winter-Greens better than other brassica products on the market?
A: Winter-Greens is far more attractive than other brassica blends on the market. Independent cafeteria-style testing done all across the country has proved that Winter-Greens is preferred by deer 4 to 1 over other brassica blends.

Q: What makes Winter-Greens more attractive than other brassica products?
A: The secret to the unequaled attractiveness of Winter-Greens is that the main brassica varieties used in the blend have a genetic background of highly palatable vegetable-type brassicas. Because they are brassicas, the plants in Winter-Greens produce tons upon tons of high quality food, and because these particular brassicas have a vegetable genetic background,Winter-Greens is ultra-sweet, resulting in a food plot that is far more attractive than the ordinary, straight-forage brassicas.

Q: Is Winter-Greens being promoted as a high-protein antler building food plot product?
A: No, by far the highest usage of brassicas is in the winter months and as we all know deer in North America don’t grow antlers in the winter. But, Winter-Greens is an excellent winter food source to help keep deer more healthy through the winter.

Q: When will deer start using a Winter-Greens food plot?
A: Heaviest usage of Winter-Greens typically occurs after the first hard frost. However, Winter-Greens is incredibly attractive, and studies have shown that in some instances deer have started using Winter-Greens even before the first frost. As the temperature gets colder the usage increases.

Q: Why does the heaviest usage of Winter-Greens often occur after the first frost?
A: Studies have shown that in many cases, deer will start using Winter-Greens before the first hard frost. However, heaviest usage often occurs after the first hard frost because frost causes the plants in Winter-Green to convert starches to sugars, which further “sweetens” Winter-Greens.

Q: When should I plant Winter-Greens?
A: Planting dates are available on the Winter-Greens bag and at or by calling 1-800-688-3030.

Q: In what type of soil should I plant Winter-Greens?
A: Winter-Greens performs best in soils that are well-drained but almost all soils will grow a good stand of Winter-Greens.

Q: To plant 50 days before first frost I may have to plant in July. Will Winter-Greens still grow in a period when it is typically hot and dry?
A: Though excessive drought can harm Wintergreens, it is extremely drought tolerant and will almost always withstand the heat and dry weather of the summer months.

Q: What type of soil pH does Wintergreens require?
A: Winter-Greens performs best when planted in a 7.0 pH, but good production should be expected in a pH as low as 6.0.

Q: What type of fertilizer is required for Winter-Greens?
A: The recommended fertilizer usage for Winter-Greens is 400 lbs./acre of 20-20-20 or equivalent fertilizer. However, a soil test is recommended to show the exact fertilizer blend and lime required for optimal results.

More Information on Winter Greens For Food Plots

  • Seed Type - Annual, summer fall planting lasts through fall winter season

  • Soil Type Required - Well drained to heavy soils

  • pH Level - 6.5 to 7.0

  • Sunlight Required - 4 to 6 hours of broken, filtered or direct sunlight

  • Protein Content - Up to 36%

  • Seeding Rate - 6 lbs per acre

  • Equipment Required - Tillage equipment needed to break and smooth soil Growing a wild tomorrow!®
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