Sugar beets are a good addition to your food plot; not a single source food plot. Sugar Beets grow well mixed in with many other food plot selections. Sugar beets provide plenty of energy to deer in the fall (Sugar Beet root are 25 to 30% fructose or sugar). The energy is converted to fat stores in the body of the deer.
- Good for food plots
- Highly palatable
- Solid food source for deer
- Grown for sugar production
- Adapted to a wide range of soils
Sugar Beets have recently become a popular new addition to food plots for deer. Remember: Deer are browsers, and naturally enjoy variety in the wild, and a food plot should provide variety. Sugar beets have been commercially grown for sugar production for many, many years but only recently been used as an addition to food plots.
Sugarbeets may be planted anytime, as long as the nighttime soil temperature is 60 degrees or above.
Spring Planting: March 15th through June in the South
April 1st through June in the Transition Zone
Fall Planting: September 1st through October 30th in the South
July 15th through August 30th in the Transition Zone
Prepare a good seed bed with a disc harrow or plow. Drag the area with chain link fence or large pipe to smooth and level the surface.
Spread 100 lbs. of 16-4-8 or equivalent fertilizer per acre. Spread 10 lbs. of Sugar Beet seed per acre, or 5 lbs. per acre if mixing with greens, Turnips, Kale, Daikon Radish, Alyce Clover, Joint Vetch or other food plot seed.
Drag the fertilizer and seed in with chain drag to lightly cover the seed up to 1/2 in. deep. Germination may take a few weeks if it doesn't rain, and covering the seed is necessary to keep birds from eating the seed.