What would you recommend planting and what time of year?

By Grant Woods,

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I am going to put in 3 1 acre food plots and two slightly smaller ones next year. This is the first time I’ve ever done it and was wondering what you would recommend planting? Also what time of the year to plant each crop?


There are many variables including what other food sources are in the neighborhood, your mission (provide quality nutrition or attract deer), budget, etc.

I’ve had great success with Eagle Seed forage soybeans.  They provide very high quality forage and last about 10 months.  Deer eat the forage all summer and the pods during the winter.  I over seed the beans with the Broadside blend about 60 days before the average first frost.  I plant soybeans when the soil temperature is 60 degrees at two inches deep. 

If you watch http://www.GrowingDeer.com I’ll show you exactly how and when I plant this spring. You can watch all the past episodes there also – and see the techniques I use.

Enjoy creation,


December 26, 2015