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!!