Establishment of a variety of plants that furnish food for wildlife.
How it works
Food plots may be established either within an existing crop field or in a separate location. You may simply leave rows of grain standing after harvest to provide food for wildlife over the winter. Another option is to plant a small plot elsewhere. These plots help wildlife throughout the winter when food supplies are in short supply.
How it helps
Helps to maintain wildlife populations
Provides food for wildlife when other food sources may be inaccessible due to heavy snow or ice
Will the crop you plan to plant or leave standing in the field attract the wildlife you want?
Is there adequate cover and water near the food plot to support wildlife?
Are you endangering wildlife by placing food too close to high traffic areas?
Planting dates vary, depending on the crop and climate.
Food plots should be planted on the least erosive areas of the selected field.
Plots on slopes steeper than 5% must be planted on the contour.
A plot can be planted on the same area each year, as long as soil loss does not exceed acceptable limits.
Acceptable crops may include corn, oats, barley, wheat, and sunflowers.
Reduced tillage or no-till planting is encouraged.
Manage livestock use of the area.
Do not use herbicides unless noxious weeds persist. If herbicides are needed, spot spray. Avoid using herbicides that would endanger adjacent seedlings.