Most food plot blends are bred to produce seed yield. But that’s not what deer want or need. Evolved breeds high-quality, high-volume leafy forage. Our forage variety seeds grow into food plots that don’t go bare; they’re eaten, then regrown to be eaten again. Even after intense feeding pressure, forage varieties continue producing premium forage all season long.
We’ve hand-selected these seeds to bring your food plots a long list of benefits, including: high palatability, increased sugar content, extreme weather tolerance, rapid plant establishment and soil adaptability.
The best of proven perennial forage, clovers consistently attract deer and provide up to 35% of the protein content they need throughout the year. These plants are ideal because of their nutrient content, palatability, production yields and drought resistance.
Deer prefer annual forage clover because it grows in such high volumes, and also benefit from its highly digestible protein content. This forage grows rapidly, with the potential to reach more than 24 inches in height.
Canola has a high protein content (up to 30%), high nutritional value and fewer tannins than most other Brassicas. The lower tannin content increases protein digestibility and removes bitterness from the leaves, making canola much more attractive to deer during the early season.
This low tannin variety of daikon radishes was specifically chosen for its high yield and large tubular bulb. The bulbs grow up to 24 inches tall and bore into the hardpan to reduce soil compaction. This increases organic matter in the soil as the plants decompose – improving overall moisture retention and soil health.
Forage rape is adaptive to an extremely wide range of soils and weather conditions and will provide abundant large-leaf forage into the winter months. After a heavy frost, the sugar content increases in the leaves to become a huge attractant to deer. Mature forage rape can reach heights up to 24 inches tall.
T-Raptor is a hybrid Brassica that can establish in just six weeks. This turnip-rape hybrid has the high leaf production found in rape with the added benefit of a turnip-like bulb that deer love to dig up. It provides a high sugar content and is well suited to endure grazing pressure.
Forage turnips are adaptive to a wide range of soil types and weather conditions, providing an abundant large-leaf and root forage into the winter months. After a heavy frost, the sugar content increases to attract deer needing calories to store body fat. Late in the season when food sources become scarce, deer will dig up the turnip bulbs for an energy boost.
Alfalfa is a proven perennial forage crop that produces large amounts of forage with a high nutritional value. Mature plants grow up to 25 inches tall, sprouting each spring. These plants like well-drained soils, but they’ll also establish in heavier soils. Alfalfa is a very drought-resistant plant that produces for three or more years.
Cowpeas are a drought-resistant warm season annual legume. They establish quickly and tolerate a range of soil pH levels. Cowpeas produce a high tonnage of highly palatable forage – both leaves and pods – that are high in nutritional value and readily consumed by wildlife.
Lablab is a fast-growing and highly palatable legume. Lablab vines climb up and over the rest of food plots, making it difficult for deer to overgraze it. High levels of protein (up to 27%), calcium and phosphorous make lablab an important tool in managing your herd’s body weight and antler development.
Soybeans are a proven warm season annual crop with exceptional palatability and high nutritional value. The forage variety can significantly out-produce co-op blends with a much higher tonnage of high-protein legume leaves for wildlife consumption. This plant is selectively bred for increased height and leaf production.
Winter peas are a high protein (up to 30%) legume capable of withstanding the cold winter months. These winter peas were specifically selected for their increased cold tolerance and low tannin content. The low tannin content increases protein digestibility and removes bitterness, making the leaves exceptionally sweet and palatable.
Forage oats are high in sugar content – making them a highly palatable energy source with great attraction power. Sugar also provides the calories deer need to create and store body fat. This high-yielding plant will be a deer favorite all season long.
Grain sorghum is a high-volume, high-quality seed that successfully attracts many wildlife species. The seeds have a high carbohydrate and protein (up to 22%) content that provides an excellent energy source, especially beneficial to wildlife during the cold winter months.
Tetraploid Annual Ryegrass
Tetraploid annual ryegrass produces a high sugar content forage with consistently higher tonnage than standard ryegrass. Only the best varieties have been selected to provide larger, more palatable plants that grow continuously to provide a nutritious food plot for your deer.
This forage grain is a hybrid cross between forage wheat and forage rye. Triticale produces an abundance of palatable forage that’s easy to digest and high in protein and carbohydrates. These plants are widely adaptable, making them perfect for planting in both northern and southern climates. Deer will consistently feed on triticale late into the growing season.
New Zealand’s standard year-round forage provider delivers high levels of minerals and more than 30% protein content. Forage chicory establishes itself during the early season and can last through spring, summer and fall months thanks to its long taproot that stores nutrients and moisture for long dry periods. Average mature plant height is about 15 inches.
Small burnet is a drought-tolerant perennial plant high in protein, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. A deep tap root helps this plant survive through dry periods or in sandy soils, but it doesn’t do well in wet areas with poor drainage. It is adaptable to most soil types and a wide range of soil pH levels.
Wildlife love sunflowers both for the seeds and the forage they produce. This variety creates up to three tons of seeds per acre, highly palatable and rich in oils with Omega fatty acids. Sunflowers also provide a vertical platform for vine-type forage legumes, increasing sunlight availability and yield potential as a result.