About Plantler Forager Plus
PLANTLER FORAGER PLUS: SOUTHERN
Seed Components: Yuchi arrowleaf clover, Regalgraze white clover, Barduro red clover, Commander chicory, Barkant turnip, T-raptor hybrid forage rape and Daikon radish. Because Daikon radish does not need to frost activate before deer will readily forage on the plants there is more radish in the southern mix than other brassicas.
Planting Dates (SOUTHERN): Plant the southern mix in early September to early October. For the deep south plant later September to early October. Precise planting dates depend on time of cooling autumn temperatures in your region, not early and temporary cold snaps. Time planting days just before or after rain event if possible.
PLANTLER FORAGER PLUS: NORTHERN
Seed Components: Yellow blossom clover, Alice white clover, Freedom medium red clover, Forage Feast chicory, Barkant turnip, T-raptor hybrid forage rape and Daikon radish. There is a larger percentage of turnip and hybrid rape than radish in the northern mix because these plants are highly attractive to deer after the first freeze which comes early in the hunting season for northern regions.
Planting Dates (NORTHERN): Plant the northern mix early August to early September. Precise planting dates depend on time of cooling autumn temperatures in your region, not early and temporary cold snaps. Time planting days just before or after rain event if possible.
Planting Rates and Coverage: 1 bag plants 1 acre alone or when mixed with 40 to 50 pounds of cereal grain. The rates are relatively the same for broadcasting and covering or planting with seeder or drill; however, you may plant slightly more when broadcast seeding.
Planting Depth: Plant at 1/4” depth. Appropriate soil planting depth is directly related to plant emergence and stand establishment. Sparse crops and poor emergence are often a result of planting seed too deep.
Seed Size: These are all small seeds. When using a seeder or grain drill that has a small seed or legume box attachment plant this mix through that box.
Bag Weight: 7 pounds (1 acre)
Management: The perennials in Forager Plus are not intended to establish into a full, multi-year stand but to provide spring and early summer nutrition when the annuals will be maturing and losing forage quality. Mowing the maturing annual plants and emerging weeds spring or early summer will promote new tender growth from all crop plants increasing forage value. Mowing will also promote the annual and perennial clover and chicory which can persist well into the summer. If weeds take over in the summer, spray and burn down the field with glyphosate and leave fallow but weed free until planting again in autumn. This will bank moisture from rainfall in the soil leading up to re-planting.
Plantler Forager Plus is a mix of annual clover, large bulb producing annual brassicas and a light rate of perennial clover and chicory. It comes in a 7 pound bag and is designed to plant 1 acre alone or when added with up to 1 bag (50 pounds) of Harvest Advantage cereal grains. Cereal grains are grasses and take up very little space in crop canopy. All plants in Forager Plus are broadleaf forbs or legumes and do take up a good deal of space in the canopy; however, they still leave enough room for the 50 pounds of cereal grain grasses added with Harvest Advantage. The ultimate whitetail attraction and nutrition is obtained when the two are mixed together. One of the many advantages with the Plantler system is simplicity. Plant 1 bag of Forager Plus with 1 bag of Harvest Advantage per acre. The long-lasting annual clover and light rate of perennial clover and chicory can carry high protein nutrition well into the summer with some mowing as needed. You plant only once each year and can get 10 or more months of high-quality nutrition.