ranwin33 wrote:No downside to fertilizing now, other than you might be throwing your money away. Did you have a soil test done before planting, and if so what did it tell you.
As far as making the plants more palatable to deer, probably not. You might get some extra growth out of the rye with the nitrogen, but if you are in a colder climate, maybe not even that. If you get the extra growth the plants may be more attractive to deer, but not neccesarily more palatable.
Thing to remember about these hunting shows, those food plots are limed, limed, limed to a perfect pH and then they fertilize.
Depending upon your soil pH you may be better off adding lime and getting the calcium correct in your soil. It will create more palatable plants, but it will not happen overnight.
richtaber wrote:Spreading chemical fertilizer at this time of year can be a waste of $. The nitrogen will either leach out of the soil or volatilize into the atmosphere. The phosphorus and potassium won't be lost as bad, but at this time of year they really will not be taken up by plants too much as the plants have stopped photosynthesizing. Fertilize in the spring/summer when plants are active and taking up nutrients.
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