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Iowa Food plots

Have some questions about Iowa food plot mixes.  Have a farm in SW Iowa (southwest of Sioux City about 1 hour).  Very hilly with quite a bit of timber.  Deer and turkey are the main critter around there.  [Was bow hunting last weekend and had 6 bucks gathered under my stand less than 15 yards, but that's another story.]

This place is almost a refuge since no one lives on the farm, the population seems pretty large, and noticed this year the crop damage they're doing.  Have a couple of plots in now, one is a mix by the Whitetail Institute (Secret Spot) on a hill top and the second is a mix we put together of peas, chickory, rape, beets and brassicas.   Both plots are getting hit hard also.  The question is, next spring we are going to increase the plot sizes and numbers, have 2 plots now with a total of about 1.5 acre, and next year plan to increase the 2 we have currently, and add 2-3 more for a total of about 5-6 acres.

I really would like to know what other guys are planting and with what success??  I know you can buy stuff pre-packaged like the Whitetail Institute, but that gets pretty expensive.  Does anyone out there have a mix they'd like to share??  Total farm size is 320 acres, about half is tillable, very isolated, and rarely visited except during planting, harvest, and hunting/scouting.

By the way, just found this site and like it alot.  Pretty good stuff!!

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I saw a show online where

I saw a show online where they talked about one wildlife conservation place, where they have a bunch of seed at disconted rates.  it may be last years stuff, or mix that didn't sell.  It's supposedly hit or miss, but alot cheaper.

I think this is the link.  And on a side note, I had never seen this site till the other day, and it has some great episodes.  Only 8-10 minutes for each video.  Wide variety of topics.

This is the site.  Can't find the exact video though.

http://www.growingdeer.tv/archive/

 

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I just found the episode. 

I just found the episode.  It's the one titled "2010 Missourri Bow Opener".  At about the 2:30 mark, he starts talking about his food plot and where he got his seed.  It say that he got it from a program through the NWTF, called the Seed Conservation Program.  They seed is greatly reduced in price, and as you can see, is hit or miss.  One field didn't grow, the other did.  It can only be used for wildlife purposes, not for harvest.  I looked it up, and it says it costs less than $5 for a 50 pound bag, in most cases.

I would check it out if I owned land.

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Food plot seed

Thanks for the help.  Cheap is good!!

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No problem.  I don't know

No problem.  I don't know what your acreage is, or how much seed you need to cover it, but heck, even if you get 500 pounds, that's aonly $50.  Not too bad, even if only half of it grows.

Did you check out the site???

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I would PM Jim Boyd aka Jim

I would PM Jim Boyd aka Jim Bob. He seems to know just about everything there is to know about food plots. I would also check out his tips on this website. It seems like he has a lot of good information there as well. Good luck. Maybe he could help you design something really nice if you gave him a very detailed run down of what you are working with such as terrain, water, shelter belts, timber and what equipement you have at your disposal.

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