One question you may have is when to plant clover food plots. Some clovers are pre-inoculated, but most clovers must be inoculated. The pre-inoculated varieties contain live bacteria that help the roots fix nitrogen from the air. While you may not want to use these seeds, they do have a lot of benefits for wildlife. Listed below are the best times to plant ladino clover and Imperial Whitetail clover.

Growing season of arrowleaf clover

Arrowleaf clover is an annual legume with a cool growing season. It is typically grown along with ryegrass and small grains, and is an excellent choice for grazing purposes. Its strong drought resistance makes it useful for a variety of purposes, including livestock feed and hay production. Its high protein, dry matter and digestibility make it a valuable addition to livestock feed. However, it is susceptible to fungus and virus attack.

In addition to being a good grazer, arrowleaf clover is also a prolific seed producer. The seeds of this clover are hard, and it reseeds well if left to itself. To prevent seed loss, it is important to remove animals from paddocks in late April and early May when clover begins to flower. Fusarium spp. disease complex can seriously compromise the reseeding ability of arrowleaf clover.

Best time of year to plant ladino clover

In most climates, fall is the best time to plant clover food plots. These plants can grow well in drought conditions and are also more drought-tolerant than perennial clovers. In fall, it is a good idea to weed the plot and fertilize with no-nitrogen fertilizer. A fall planting will encourage more growth and will provide continuous food for deer and turkey for several years.

The best time to plant clover for whitetail deer is during late spring, early summer, or late fall when soil moisture is at its highest. While it may be painful to weed clover, this process will help the plant grow stronger roots. In addition to late spring and summer plantings, whitetail clover is best planted in late july or early august. While late summer plantings may not yield much food for deer, they will attract whitetails for several years. After planting, make sure you keep the clover in a low, six to eight-inch height during summer to control future weeds.

Benefits of white clover

When establishing a food plot, the best choice for clover is white. White clover has two growth patterns: a root system that produces new growth each year and an annual plant that reproduces from seed. Some land managers choose a mixture of perennial and annual clovers in their plots. Annual species may be suited to a food plot but are not ideal for the same reasons. Light discing can improve the regrowth rate.

A good stand of white clover can fix up to 100 pounds of nitrogen each year. The amount depends on the soil and growing conditions. The cost of fertilizer nitrogen is approximately $0.60 per pound. That means you can expect to save $60 to 90 per acre by using white clover. The cost of establishment and seeding a white clover food plot will be more than offset by the amount of nitrogen that the plant can fix.

Precautions to take

There are several precautions to take when planting clover in a food plot. First, a soil test is necessary. Then, seedbeds should be prepared with tools to create a level, smooth surface. The bed should be prepared before seeding and before planting. In addition, the bed should be cultivated with soil amenities recommended by your soil test. Then, prepare the area for planting with a roto-tiller, a plot master, or a disk.

Another precaution to take when planting clover food plots is weed control. Weeds will often take over an entire food plot, causing deer to have little to eat. If you’re concerned about weed control, consider applying a grass/broad leaf selective herbicide to the clover plot. It’s important to remember that clover is sensitive to nitrogen, so excessive application can lead to poor nitrogen fixation, increased incidence of clover disease, and increased weed competition.

Preparation of clover food plots

The process of establishing a clover food plot begins by preparing the seed bed. Proper seed bed preparation is essential to ensuring the best possible crop yield. The timing of seeding is also important. In order to have the most effective clover crop, seeding should occur in early spring or late winter. These are prime seasons for clover seeding, because freezing soil works the seed into the soil. If possible, plan your seeding to coincide with a snow event.

To begin the preparation of seedbeds, soil should be tested to ensure that it is rich enough for clover. If it is not, prepare the seedbed with a disk, roto-tiller, or plot master. Once the seedbed has been prepared, spread the mixture evenly over the surface. Avoid planting the seeds deeper than half an inch. Alternatively, a culti-packer can be used to help preserve moisture and ensure that the seed is in contact with the soil.