Food Plots

Planting your own food plot

Overview – Reasons for planting food plots: 

Landowners and wildlife enthusiasts plant food plots for a variety of reasons, ranging from conservation to hunting. The purpose of planting a food plot is to provide a supplementary food source to wildlife, such as deer, pheasant, quail, turkey, and more. While hunting is one of the most popular reasons for planting food plots, several other reasons exist why landowners develop food plots on their property. For example, landowners may use the food plots as a source of revenue, leasing out the use of their ground to hunters and wildlife enthusiasts. Other landowners are simply looking to improve the appearance of their property, while some may have a focus on conservation, where they work to enhance wildlife habitats and ecosystems. For instance, land that has been recently cleared of trees or brush may benefit from planting a food plot to cover the bare ground. This is vital in preventing erosion, as well as keeping unwanted trees and brush from re-establishing. Not only do food plots attract wildlife, but they also are a great way to manage land and build healthy, productive soils.

Follow Great Plains as we take a look at how we partnered with a local landowner to create a food plot and review our list of tips for preparing a successful one.

Preparing for a successful food plot:

Planting your food plots using no-till and conventional tillage methods:

Maintaining your food plot once it is growing – weed control:

Recap of Great Plains food plot – Spring 2018, Ottawa County, KS:

About the Agronomist – Blake Bergkamp

Be sure to check out our "Building a Successful Food Plot" video series below.