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Date:  September 9, 2021
Agent:  Damon Pollard

This is Damon Pollard, Livestock Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service-Burke Center. Today’s topic is Fall Food Plots for Wildlife.

With the coming of fall, many will head outdoors to enjoy hunting, others just love being in touch with nature. One way to attract wildlife is through the use of food plots. These food plots when established properly help to attract different species and also to sustain them throughout the year. With our area steeped in long-term drought, food plots could have a big impact on wildlife populations this year.

Properly establishing a food plot should always start with a soil sample. Don’t guess at soil fertility, soil testing is free to NC residents and you will know exactly what you need. Soil test boxes and forms are available at the Extension Office.

Next, proper seedbed preparation and correct seed placement will insure a successful planting. Be sure seed is not placed to deep, and seed to soil contact is adequate. Large seeds can be disked or drilled in to a 1-inch depth while fine seed should be cultipacked or dragged to lightly cover.

Another key to a successful food plot is location and size. Avoid places that are visible from a public road, and consider size, shape and distribution carefully. Keep in mind that plots should be large enough to provide needed feed, but small enough to be workable. Several small plots have a greater impact than one large one. Most should be less than two acres and try to provide both cool season and warm season food plots for maximum impact.

This is Damon Pollard, Livestock Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service-Burke Center. If you would like more information, call us at 439-4460.