GIM Founding Member & Mod.
- Oct 15, 2012
Location: West Tenn., Approximate size: 1 acre located on ridge top, pond & bedding areas located min. 125 yrds from anticipated food plot. A 70 acre cow\hay pasture borders west side. Many intersecting trails, natural drainage swails & very small spring. Forest: Hardwoods, mainly red & white oak interspersed with hickory, cherry, walnut, dogwood & poplar. Soil Quality: poor & highly acidic. Design Considerations: 1 acre appears to be to small for a 180 deg. wagon wheel, so I'm considering a kidney design broken up into 1\8 acre segments to provide possibly Sorgum Cane ingress\egree points as cover.... I recently built an overlooking enclosed solar powered & heated tree stand (22') on the north side of the proposed food plot.... thus whatever design is attempted, I want a 180 degree view from the stand... Planting Preps: 1 ton lime or whatever soil samples suggest. Food Plot Crops: I'm wanting low maintenance perrenial crops planted & rotated in 10' X 80' strips (1\8 acre is 79' X 79'), for instance a 10' wide strip of falcata alfalfa next to a 10' wide strip of white ladino clover, next to a strip of sugar beets, next to a strip of kara clover, next to a strip of chicory, then trefoil, rapeseed, globe turnips, chufa... etc., by this means something is always growing throughout the yr. during wet & dry, cold & hot periods... I'm seeking a design that creates minimal but adequate cover between the 1\8 acre strips (reportedly big bucks dont like watching each other eat). but still provide a view from the stand. I'm thinking Sorgum cane or switchgrass may provide the needed cover along the edges with some the trees that will be cleared.... I've never created a wildlife food plot, so any suggestions from experienced plotters is appreciated. BB