I just joined this forum today and i'm looking for some information or suggestions on fertilizer for my first food plot. A friend and I are planning on making a few small plots on some old skid roads in old cuttings in Maine. I bought some Antler King game changer clover and some Whitetail Institute No Plow. My problem is the No Plow calls for 13-13-13- fertilizer and the Game changer says to use 0-0- 60 or 5-15-30 and I CAN'T find these anywhere around me. All i can find is 10-10-10, 5-5-5, 29-0-4.
Can i substitute any of these instead of what is recommended?
Any information or suggestions is appreciated
Most of these deer bags make the assumption that everyone planting is in the midwest where soil acidity, moisture and other factors are more extreme - so I never listen to them. Only a soil test will tell you what you need.
You will need a bunch of pelletized lime per your soil sample to make the fertilizer work effectively. It will take several years to get your ph into a decent range. Most of my plots started at around 4.5. Good Luck Zap
Also, I don't know how familiar you are with fertilizer formulations, but the numbers are N-P-K (Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium) and they are listed in percentage. For an example, if you have 100# of 10-10-10, you have 10# of nitrogen, 10# of Phos and 10# of Potassium. You can substitute one formulation for another. In you example, you can't get 13-13-13, but you can get 10-10-10. Its the same thing, you just have to 3% more weight to get the same amount of actual nutrient.
90% of food plotters improperly fertilize their plots. Never ever use generic recommendations unless you cant find anyone to help you dial it in. That is why reputable companies should be able to do that for you.
The issue is most folks get sideways AFTER a soil test, so lets assume that part away, they did do a soil test, they did take the soil samples correctly and got the results back. Most folks aren't chemists, (I'm Not!) so I took the agronomists knowledge and made a simple little way to get at:
How much Lime to add & How much P, and how much K to add to your individual little love nest for wildlife.
I will email you the excel if you PM with your email, this isn't a SPAM trap, All you need to do is:
1. Change my plots names to yours 2. add your soil sample results into the spreadsheet 3. add your Love Nest's (plots) acreage: OK an easy way to do this -(use google earth pro(GEP) Polygon), drag the corners to match your plots area, go to area in GEP and change to Sq Feet. Divide 43560 (Sq Ft in one acre) / by Sq Ft in your plot = your plots acreage. or decimal of an acre.
I'll be happy to help as I wanted to get the PH right and add the correct Fert for the soils... when I did this I was astonished, with two bulk fert I put exactly the right amount of P and K and spent $ for roughly 1,200# of Fertilizer. If using 14-14-14 I would have had to apply 4,700# and gotten my P way outa whack.
I don't do N as I have all nitrogen fixers in my plots, Clover, Alfalfa and Chicory.
Best - Stressless