Steve, you made a good point about the national brand seed companies. When I purchase seed to plant, I buy locally produced seed and seed blends. Whenever people ask about which seeds and crops to plant in food plots, I always tell them to check with their local feed and seed stores and the local county extension, or ag offices for info on which plants work best in their specific area. Down here, soybeans, clay peas, sunflowers, sorghum, millet, and any of the cereal grains work, especially if you mix in some turnips or other brassicas. I will usually plant strips of different species in my plots, along with some strips of a mixture, but will always toss some turnips onto the entire plot. That way as different species get cropped out, the deer will shift focus to the next and then after the first frost those turnips are like candy. All of my plots are on our family pine plantation, which is bordered along the backside by a swampy creek bottom with some hardwoods in between, but it's a natural browse situation due to the honeysuckle, blackberries and briars. So I always advise people to evaluate location and type of plot based on what is surrounding their property.
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