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Wildlife Food Plot

Photo of a wildlife food plotWildlife food plots establishes a variety of plants that furnish food for wildlife.

How it helps...

  • Standing crops with unharvested grain provide food to wildlife that may otherwise not be accessible after heavy snows or ice
  • A food plot helps maintain wildlife on your farm by providing a reliable food source

Benefits

  • Soil Erosion
  • Water Quality
  • Wildlife

Planning

  • Locate food plots close to wildlife wintering areas to make food easily available.
  • Food crops include corn, sorghum, sunflowers, buckwheat, millet and soybeans.
  • Make sure there is adequate cover, travel lanes and water to support wildlife.
  • Do not place the food plot close to high traffic areas where wildlife will be endangered.
  • Plant block-shaped food plots at least one acre in size to prevent the entire plot from filling with deep snow.
  • Remember to control erosion when preparing the seedbed and planting the food plot.
  • Exclude livestock from the area.
Maintenance

If herbicides are needed to control noxious weeds, spot spray and avoid herbicides that will endanger adjacent seedlings.