Our Gravel Grain Food Plot Seed Mix is designed for maximum performance in newly-cleared, rocky land or food plots with poor soil conditions. The mixture contains a blend of seeds to help amend the soil, suppress weeds, and provide nutritional benefits to wildlife. With this seed mix, you can create a more hospitable environment for your food plot.
Mung Beans are legumes (members of the Fabaceae family), and are most commonly used in the US for growing nutritious bean sprouts. Mung beans are annuals, growing up to about 3 ft in height. The first flowers appear seven to eight weeks after planting and the crop reaches maturity in 12 to 14 weeks.
Sunn Hemp is a fast-growing, nitrogen-fixing legume. Sunn Hemp is used for green manure forage, organic soil building and cover crop applications. Sunn Hemp is non seed-bearing in the North American climates. Sunn Hemp provides as much as 2.5 tons per acre of green tonnage. with a maximum of 100 units of Nitrogen fixation per acre in as little as 60 days. It is also known to suppress nematodes.
Forage soybeans are selected for their late season, leafy characteristics. In northern and transitional regions of the United States, Forage soybeans will retain their leaves while other varieties used for grain production will drop their forage and expose the pods. They will provide a lush forage well into the fall or bow hunting season. For Southern regions, we recommend waiting to plant until July or August to maintain this late leafy characteristic.
Buckwheat is a popular all-around warm season annual that has many uses as a food plot crop with an abundance of seeds that appeal to a large number of the wildlife. Buckwheat grows well in almost any soil and is usually planted alone, produces clusters of small white flowers forming triangular shaped black seeds that shatter easily giving access for stalk feeding for smaller birds. Provides good ground cover and the stalks will remain after the seed shatters out thus providing additional cover for smaller wildlife. A great cover crop for enhancing soil, excellent summer food plot forage that is extremely early maturing with seed yields as fast as 7-10 weeks after emergence.
Chicory is a high yielding, broad-leaved perennial herb with a high mineral content, good digestible protein and low in fiber, an excellent food value for wildlife. It has been improved for greater disease resistance and is a very drought tolerant plant due to it's long tap root which significantly increases survival under grazing. Chicory also breaks winter dormancy earlier and is well managed in a mix with clovers or brassicas providing a longer growing season of high quality forage. A stand should last 3-5 years and will provide spring and summer food plot forage.
Forage Sorghum is a Grain sorghum is a warm season, annual forage grass. It can be used for forage production, as a cover crop planting, or planted for wildlife. Sometimes referred to as milo, grain sorghum grows similarly to corn, but produces a seed head on top of the plant rather than ears. Grain sorghum is easier to grow than corn because it tolerates drought conditions very well and doesn’t require the high fertility levels that corn does for normal growth. It will grow about 4-5 feet tall under ideal conditions. Deer and upland gamebirds will consume the mature seed heads as a good energy source.
Cowpeas are a warm-season legume used as an added ingredient to spring, summer and fall food plots for wildlife. They are excellent for quail, dove and deer. Cowpeas produce forage in 45 days, and mature seed in 100 days. Cowpeas will produce abundant amounts of organic matter and nitrogen needed to enrich the soil, resists common forms of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita), and grows well during desert summers with moderate irrigation.
Sunflower seed might be the most popular wildlife attractant. Its black oil seeds are meatier and have higher oil content than other varieties, which attracts game Turkey and Dove as well as deer.
Spring Triticale is a spring planted version of the hybrid cross between cereal rye and wheat. It is commonly planted as a hay or haylage crop and can produce high levels of dry matter under challenging conditions. It is later maturing than oats or barley and will maintain its forage quality for an extended harvest window. The high yield potential and forage quality has made Spring Triticale an increasingly popular option for a wide range of livestock producers. Spring Triticale is a drought tolerant plant that performs well in limited moisture environments. It does well in a wide range of soil conditions including lighter soils or areas with low to moderate levels of salinity.