Summit Treestands
food plot planting dates
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Shortstop 13-May-20
Teeton 13-May-20
t-roy 13-May-20
RIT 13-May-20
Bow Crazy 14-May-20
Ok...Russ 14-May-20
Fuzzy 14-May-20
happygolucky 14-May-20
Ok...Russ 14-May-20
Catscratch 14-May-20
Bow Crazy 14-May-20
BOHUNTER09 14-May-20
RIT 15-May-20
Ok...Russ 15-May-20
Habitat 15-May-20
Habitat 15-May-20
Shortstop 15-May-20
From: Shortstop
13-May-20
When do I have to have turnips and or radishes in the ground by in order to have them available this fall / winter?

From: Teeton
13-May-20
Depending on where your at, they need about 90 day of growing season. Planted to early and the tops will go sweet to early and the deer will have the tops gone. I've seen tops got by September. Ed

From: t-roy
13-May-20
Dave.... Here in Iowa, the adage is, “July 29, rain or shine”. I always try to put mine in around the first of August.

From: RIT
13-May-20
How does one manage deer and turkey properties but isn’t sure of planting dates for food plots?

From: Bow Crazy
14-May-20
Here in west central Wisconsin I planted radishes on Tuesday. I did two small areas to test out the results/outcome. If needed, I can replant in August or even into September. We got rain last night, YEAH! BC

From: Ok...Russ
14-May-20
RIT, ever think he's just getting started and doesn't have years and years of experience like yourself or t-roy? I've just started myself and I don't have a calendar of planting dates for each crop or when to spray or when to cut. Broadcast seed or drill? How to read soil samples? Etc.... I'm making notes and posting here where OTHERS are willing to help so I can build that knowledge. Doubt I'll ever get to your level though!

From: Fuzzy
14-May-20
Spring planting 2 to 3 weeks before last danger of frost (max) fall planting 8 weeks before first danger of frost (max) in the highlands of Virginia those are May 10 and October 1. Light frost won't hurt brassicas

From: happygolucky
14-May-20
I plant my brassicas in the UP of MI in July. They don't really ever get to bulbs other than what is in the seclusion cages because the deer eat the growth right away. I'll put winter rye and oats into the same plots in August.

From: Ok...Russ
14-May-20
RIT, private reply sent.

From: Catscratch
14-May-20
To the guys looking for foodplot info there are a couple other forums that are a wealth of knowledge; habitattalk and deerhunterforum are really good. Not that there isn't great knowledge here... it's just more are on those sites dedicated to plots and habitat.

From: Bow Crazy
14-May-20
Just a thought, I have had great luck planting brassicas this time of year and mowing once or twice during the summer and they come back great. Actually, they come back awesome. I decided to try a planting of straight radish this time to see how they respond. If you are going for green tonage, planting brassicas in the spring is killer. Radish is highly preferred by deer in late October and November by the deer in Wisconsin. BC

From: BOHUNTER09
14-May-20
My dad always said 27 th of July wet or dry

From: RIT
15-May-20
Spring planted radish is going to bolt.

15-May-20

Habitat for Wildlife's Link
Whitetail Institute publishes a planting guide by region. Match your products to theirs and this is a good guideline. GL!

From: Ok...Russ
15-May-20
Thanks Habitat - very helpful.

From: Habitat
15-May-20
When planting corn,beans,milo etc I plant food plot around 2 weeks after we plant ag fields that way they are still green usually and the milo is still in milk stage which is preferred. I haven't planted milo last couple years due to sugar cane aphid but picked up some seed this year.

From: Habitat
15-May-20
When planting corn,beans,milo etc I plant food plot around 2 weeks after we plant ag fields that way they are still green usually and the milo is still in milk stage which is preferred. I haven't planted milo last couple years due to sugar cane aphid but picked up some seed this year.

From: Shortstop
15-May-20
Good question RIT. In general, they're not needed in Iowa....we have corn and beans that we leave stand.

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