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Forums >> Texas Hunting >> Texas Deer Hunting >> Whats the right type of food plot for south texas

Whats the right type of food plot for south texas

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I hunt in Northwestern Nueces county and parts of South Eastern Jim Wells county. I was wondering what varieties of food plots do best in that climate. When you watch hunting shows most of the seeds they advertise only do well in the mid west and couldn't survive the heat and drought down here. Any suggestions or past experiences would be helpfull.

 

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RE: Whats the right type of food plot for south texas

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Plant oats and ceral rye for in the fall.  You can't go wrong with that mixture.  Spring plantings can be a little more tricky do to weed compition, but if you properly cultivate and prepare your feild you should be able to get a lablab/ milo mixture to work.

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Winter Peas and Triticale could also be considered for fall planting.  Also, decide what the plot is for: Nutrition or attraction.  If for attraction, most people want it attractive opening morning.  Thruth be told a warm season plot is usually more reliable for opening morning in Texas.  Small grains typically have little growth at this time.  So consider adding some warm season plants... cowpeas can be planted alone, with winter small grains, or with sorghum (milo) or sorghum-sudgans for an overall summer package.

Lab lab can also be planted late, its just more expensive.  Keep in mind that warm season plant don't actually die back until a frost. 

And for your regular warm season plots lab lab and or cowpeas can be mixed with what is called a sorghum-sudan bmr.  This is basically, a haygrazer type plant (similiar) to milo, but with low lignin.  This allows deer to partially utilize the leaf matter of the plant, not just the seed head.  Also it serves as a host for the peas and lab lab to grow (vine) on.

Good Luck

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For fall and winter plots plant a mixture of grains like oats and triticale with several clovers, a good winter pea and chicory.

We use oats and triticale and then have Tecomate's Monster Mix in the small seed hopper of the grain drill.

The purpose of our winter plots is to not only be an attractant through hunting season, but to provide nutrition to the deer through and ESPECIALLY after the rut.  When our bucks lose their antlers, we want them to be back in the same shape they were in during the pre-rut.  That's where the clovers, chicory, etc. come into play. 

It is amazing to watch one of these plots come January and February.  The numbers of mature bucks using them is unbelievable.

Most years our winter plots carry us through until we open our summer plots in May.  So when I say winter, I mean plant in October and utilize until May.  Sometimes it's too dry for that, but these plots do very well for us here in Starr County and we've been successful for 7 of the 8 years we've planted.

First shot is of a typical mix showing triticale, clovers and chicory. 

Next is of one of our winter plots in January.  

Third shot shows a winter plot on a very good year when we had to mow it.

Last show a food plot where we've planted half in winter and kept the other half clean and banking moisture for spring planting.

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RE: Whats the right type of food plot for south texas

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For spring planting, if you do the work, you'll reap the reward.

But it takes work.

We prep our fields, cultivate and spray to prevent weeds and bank fall moisture for spring planting. 

We only "single crop".  Not enough moisture down here to double most years.

Once again, we've been successful every year but one.

First shot is lab-lab, second is ebony pea and third is lab-lab & milo.

These food plots have been protected and allowed to get to a stage where they can withstand heavy browsing.  Lab-lab and ebony are both Very drought tolerant.

 

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Hardy, I have a few ?'s for you. 

Have you ever compared ebony peas to other cowpeas.  Triticale to oats?

How have the clovers worked for you.  I noticed that the monster mix has madrid, ladino, and red clover in it?  Ever try any medics?

What seeding rate do you use on the chickory?

I always like to keep up with what is working for those in other parts of the state.

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The advantages of Ebony Peas over the other cowpeas are actually pretty numerous.

First and foremost, it was developed as a forage crop, yielding tons of food, and even after it produces a bean it continues to grow and regenerate at a rapid rate.   The calcium phosphorus rate on ebony ranks up there pretty high as well.  Tie in drought tolerance and the fact that it does better than lab-lab in wet soils and it's a pretty strong food source.

Gary has tried nearly everything down at Tecomate, and has run test plots over and over again with many different species (cow peas, iron and clay peas, soybeans, etc.) growing in the same plot.  No matter where the lab-lab has been, the deer have literally walked over the other plants to get to it.  The only other product that I have seen that will compete on our place is ebony pea. 

Triticale to oats...

We had always planted Tecomate's Max Attract along with Monster Mix in the past.  The grain in the Max Attract is triticale.  I just wanted to see if there was an advantage to planting oats along with the mix and we also tried plots with oats as the only grain and the Monster Mix added to it.

I did not see much difference if any in the plant productivity nor did I see the deer choose one significantly over the other.

If it's not in Max Attract and Monster Mix, I haven't tried it as far as any other small seeds are concerned.  Not against them, but to be honest, I'm pretty happy with our production to this point. 

In the past we were planting at a rate of around 50lbs. per acre and mixing 3 bags Max Attract with 1 bag of Monster Mix and 1 bag of Chicory.  I think this is probably too much chicory and have since cut that in half.

I'll have to recalculate everything this year since we're planting bulk grains in the large hopper of the drill and monster mix & chicory in the small.   The reason for the switch is production from the smaller seeds.  In my opinion, we were wasting too much when planting the Max Attract by burying the small seeds too deep. 

Hope this helps.

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Hardy, That is a big help.  I do my best to be the most informed and knowledgable on any forage plantings in the state (be it livestock or wildlife).  Tough to observe every variety out there, much less get them planted to observe.

If you haven't ever tried any of the barrel medics (Varieties: Jester,Parabinga) you might be pretty suprised by their quality & production)  Let me know if you ever experiment with them, I'd like to know how they comapre for you.

Happy Hunting! 

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Hardy Cisco here just wondering if I could ask u a few questions?

We have a 1500 acre lease north of benavides we would like to get some food plots going on here in the next few months so they will be planted in the spring. We hunt on around 1200 acres of the ranch what would be a decent amount of acres of plot to total acres and what is a good mix for the spring? Thanks would really apreciate the help.

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