March 08, 2012
The temperature here in Pennsylvania today is about 65 degrees, and although the calendar says spring doesn't begin until March 20, you'd have a hard time convincing anyone around here that it hasn't started already. Crocuses are in bloom, daffodils are about ready to pop and tulips won't be far behind. More importantly from a bowhunting perspective, it's soon time to get food plots going for the new year, and I for one can't wait!
I came back from lunch today to find a pair of boxes from Evolved Harvest waiting in the office. Inside was my order for this year's plots. As soon as I opened the boxes, visions of big bucks started dancing in my head. It's a long way from here to October, but food plot seed is like "hope in a bag." There is so much potential inside those seeds, and it's hard not to look forward to the planting, watching young growth emerge from the ground and the thought of spending warm summer evenings perched on a hill above the plots and watching bucks, does and fawns emerge from the nearby forest as the sun hangs low on the horizon...
My friend Tory and I already have big plans for this year's plots. Tory and his brother own a Christmas tree farm, and we've set aside several acres this year for some strategically located plots. The largest of these will be just under an acre, with the remainder between a quarter and half an acre. There is plenty of agriculture in the area, so corn and soybeans will be in ready supply to local deer throughout the summer. Our goal is to supplement that with some quick-growing clover plots that should ramp up this spring and continue into fall. We'll also plant some turnips and other items that should keep the deer around the area long after the farmers harvest their crops. At least that's what we hope for.
Here's a quick rundown on the three Evolved Harvest food plot products we selected for this year's plots. Tory already has completed soil tests for the four areas where we'll create plots, and I'll be sure to post regular updates as we go through the planting, growing and - hopefully - killing process.
A premium blend of Forage Clovers developed for deer with the added bonus of chicory, creating the ultimate perennial clover food plot mix. ProVide Clover can be planted throughout the Spring, late Summer and Fall in most areas of the U.S.
Trophy Forage is a premium blend of Forage Clovers and Forage Brassica that you can trust to improve the whitetail habitat. The annual forage plants in this mix work as a cover crop to protect the perennial "ladino type" clovers and to allow them to establish into a high quality food plot that will provide high protein forage for 3 to 5 years.
A grain based mix of Oats and Triticale Forage, the best Forage Turnips and Forage Clovers. By combining the most advanced forages, MegaPlot creates an annual food plot that is unequaled by other grain-based wild game mixes. This hybrid forage grain based mix, a better alternative to wheat and oats, provides a palatable high protein forage that continues to produce throughout the season.