Here is a picture of the Imperial clover that was planted last year in what was called the "lower bunny ear" field. Now it's just known as "the Clover Field". First thing you'll notice are the large leaves that this strain of clover produces. They are soft and luscious. Perfect for deer and turkey attraction. The protein content is excellent at 35%. This assists not only antler growth for bucks, but also exceptional lactation support for the does. The fawns find it extremely nutritious and highly palatable once they begin to forage.
The clover starts up early in the spring and continues through the fall providing carbs, protein, micro-nutrients and forage bulk for three of the four seasons. It is a perennial crop that once established, can last up to five years with a little maintenance. You'll notice the competing grass in the background of the picture. We just sprayed the field with a grass targeted herbicide to keep the grasses from competing with the clover. The field was then fertilized with a 0-20-20 mixed fertilizer. The 3 numerals represent the NPK ratings for all Ag. fertilizer. N=Nitrogen, P=Phosphorous and K=Potassium. Clover fixes it's own nitrogen from the air, therefore no nitrogen is added to the fertilizer. Additional nitrogen would only help the grass and weeds to grow, so I had them mix it up without nitrogen. We procure our fertilizer from CaroVale and they custom mix and bag it for us.
The field already looks great. That's the Ranch's boss lady giving her approval in the background. With a little more rain, the weed control kicking in and the fertilizer working it's magic ... this field will be sensational. The deer are going to hammer it ... Bon Appetite!!!
The upper food plot, known as "the Graveyard", also received some maintenance this spring. Planted last year, this location has a blend of Persist Forb, Imperial clover and Wina forage chicory from Whitetail Institute. It is called Extreme. The name (Extreme) implies it's ability to survive in a harsher soil/location. The Graveyard in located higher up on a flat about 1/3 up the mountain. Boney as hell, we picked rocks for days before we could disc the ground in order to clear the soil for planting.
It is maintained similarly to the clover field. Grass and weed control via Ag. spraying and then fertilizing with a triple 19 NPK (19-19-19). We just started with this field, so pictures right now are inconclusive as to the quality we are hoping to attain. Hopefully the pics will show a lush field in a few weeks.