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Old 05-13-2019, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Perennial Food Plot

What do you all believe is a good perennial food plot mix? I noticed most of the seed mixes we have planted are only annuals and do not come back year after year, except for clover. I'm looking for something a little lower maintenance. This is for a 1/4 food plot on a wooded property.
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Old 05-13-2019, 01:16 PM
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Are you able to mow the plot regularly?
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Are you able to mow the plot regularly?

We are up at camp at least every two weeks or more, so we could mow it at that rate.
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Chicory is probably you're only other good option. If you're going to consider planting both, it will limit what you can spray. Imox (generic raptor) is really you're only affordable option when you mix chicory into your clover. Some guys like clethodim(grass specific) and 2-4DB(broadleaf weeds, NOT 2-4D), but 2-4DB can't be used on chicory. Overseeding something like buckwheat, oats, rye or winter wheat is pretty easy will get you some extra forage. When you mow it, it should die off. In the fall you can overseed brassicas into clover as well. It'll die overwinter, and won't hurt the clover.
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As Grizz mentioned, chicory is a nice complement to clover in a perennial plot. Even the white clover by itself will make for a nice perennial plot if you can keep it mowed. Our schedule is usually every 3-4 weeks depending on rainfall amounts, so you should be good with your camp visit schedule.

Imox is a pretty nice help for a food plotter with a clover and chicory plot....much much cheaper than the original Raptor, and it takes out both grasses and broadleaf weeds in one fell swoop. Regular mowing helps out with the broadleafs as well, keeping the weed from going to seed and allowing the clover to choke them out.

We have found the clover helps more than just deer - rabbits forage on the clover, turkeys can find a gazillion bugs in the plot, and fawns often spend a lot of time in and around the plots when they are trying to put on the pounds. The groundhogs tend to like the clover plots as well.....unfortunately.
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When would you plant clover/chicory mix in south central Pa ? We had a gas line go through our property and they planted a "wildlife seed mix" 4-5 yrs ago and its starting to sorta die off and we were thinking of using clover/chicory we have access to a tractor with a 4'rototiller ,would rototilling hand broadcasting and dragging a some sort of screen back across it work ?
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When would you plant clover/chicory mix in south central Pa ? We had a gas line go through our property and they planted a "wildlife seed mix" 4-5 yrs ago and its starting to sorta die off and we were thinking of using clover/chicory we have access to a tractor with a 4'rototiller ,would rototilling hand broadcasting and dragging a some sort of screen back across it work ?
I would spray the plot area early August to make it easier to till. Labor Day weekend plant the clover/chicory mix along with some oats and rye/barley.

Till the ground....broadcast the oats and rye/barley....till in lightly or use your drag to cover the seed...then broadcast the clover and chicory on top. Preferably with a good chance of rain in the forecast.
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Hard to beat clover or a clover chicory plot for a perennial plot especially a small plot that will need to take some browsing pressure. Good advice above on how to maintain it.

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