What does that mean for hunting fans? It means that you can start preparing Spring and Summer deer plots without fear of encroaching frost.
Bringing deer to your property means providing high-protein forage. This nutrient has three benefits for deer (which are also great benefits for you): Protein means healthier reproduction and bigger herds, heavier body mass and bigger antlers for bucks.
And there’s not much that can bring more protein than Hancock’s Spring & Summer Food Plot Seed Mix. Take it from one of our satisfied customers:
“I have used Hancock Seed products at my hunt clubs for over five years with dramatic results...The blended product that I get gives me a food plot which has different nutrients maturing at different times during the growing season, thus giving me a continual food source for my wildlife… The results speak for themselves."
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Hancock’s Spring & Summer Food Plot Seed Mix is a complex blend, designed by Hancock Seeds, featuring Hulled Aeschynomene (10 percent), Alyce Clover (10 percent), Sunn Hemp (10 percent), Dwarf Deer Corn (10 percent), Japanese Millet (10 percent), WGF Sorghum (15 percent), Peredovik Sunflowers (15 percent) and Iron/Clay Cowpeas (20 percent).
As alluded to in the testimonial above, this variety of forage matures across the year, giving you a longer-lasting food plot.
When to start a plot using Hancock’s Spring & Summer Food Plot Mix depends entirely on what the weather looks like in your corner of the world. There’s no set date; all you can do is wait until there is no more risk of a late frost. Remember: Some of the seeds featured within this blend will germinate quickly, so it’s better to wait a little while longer than to rush into planting when there’s risk of future frost.
Once you get the plot established, you’ll be set deep into the year. This blend will provide forage into the first part of the hunting season for our customers in most locations across the United States. Those in warmer climates may even get forage into the Winter season, before the first hard frost.
The seeds featured in Hancock’s Spring & Summer Food Plot Mix are fans of moist soil types, so make sure that you choose a location on your property where water will be readily available during the rainy season.
There’s a subtle art to sizing up your deer plot. If you choose an area that’s too small, the deer will gobble up your forage before it can get full. Better to spread the love around a larger patch to avoid overgrazing. At the same time, if your plot is too big, the deer may be able to graze well out of your view. A plot between .5 and 2 acres is a safe bet. If you plan on putting up a treestand, keep this location in mind, relative to your food plot.
Always start a planting project by testing your soil (you can take a sample to your local Agriculture Extension Agent for extensive stats, usually for free). Hancock’s Spring & Summer Food Plot Mix grows best with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5, so use lime to decrease acidity, or sulfur or gypsum to make the soil less basic.
The growth of this blend will depend heavily on the use of fertilizer, and you can ensure an even spread by pre-mixing the fertilizer and seed prior to planting. Plan on using 40 to 50 lbs. of seed per acre, along with 200 to 400 lbs. of fertilizer. Either 5-10-15 or 10-10-10 fertilizer will work. Plant at a depth of 1/4 inch.
The temperatures are warming up, hopefully for good! Get ready for deer season by planning a plot with Hancock’s Spring & Summer Food Plot Mix!