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Frost Seeding Food Plots


[music] Hello and welcome to Wired Outdoors.
It’s that time of year – the weather is finally starting to warm up we’re ready
to turkey hunt. But what we want to talk to you about today is what we call frost
seeding. You know that we use the Whitetail Institute products – we’ve been
using them for years and frost seeding is a great method to have great looking perennial plots come the spring and summer. So that’s what today’s show is
all about so let’s get right to it It is late winter, almost spring here and
we have a great show for you today it’s all about frost seeding. We get a ton of
questions on this but we’ve been employing this method for years and it’s
very effective at having great looking food plots coming this spring and summer.
In this particular plot, in the lower end we had Imperial Clover. On the upper
end we had Fusion last year. It was an absolutely great plot but what we’re gonna do today
is we’re gonna spread clover on the lower end and Fusion on the upper end to
do a little frost seeding. Now one of the biggest keys to this is the time of year.
And like I said, we’re I think the last day of winter here going into spring but
more importantly we’re getting some warm days and then it’s freezing again at
night so we’re getting that thaw/freeze thaw/freeze and that’s exactly what you
want. So we’re gonna spread some seed and give you some more information on being
successful at frost seeding. What I’d like to go over now are some of the
benefits of frost seeding. And first it is a great way to fill in bare spots
from the previous year so when you’re doing those food plots last fall and in
the summer, make sure you take notice of where those bare spots are. Secondly, the
Clover Infusion blend will germinate in colder ground temperatures much more
quickly than weeds and grasses thus allowing them to establish where you get
a ton of weeds in your plot. So a great way to beat them to it.
Third, it is very inexpensive. All you need as far as equipment is a shoulder
spreader – you don’t need disks or anything else. You need a shoulder spreader. That’s
all the equipment you’re gonna need. And by frost seeding, it is gonna reduce your
cost, on average 70 to 75 percent for a first year plot. What I’d like to talk to
you about next is – what is an appropriate seed to frost seed with?
We always recommend that you only use hard seed. You don’t want to use things
like rye grass or anything like that – a soft seed – because this time of year it
tends to get in the soil, it gets wet and it will rot. What we like to recommend
from Whitetail Institute are our blends like Imperial Clover, Infusion. They’re
both hard coated as well as already inoculated so they are ready to go right
out of the bag. The next question we receive a lot is “how do i frost seed?” So
let me begin first with – and we talked a little bit about this earlier – is
equipment. The nice thing is – you’re only gonna need a shoulder spreader, which is
really nice compared to the other time of year when you need disks, a tractor or
four wheelers whatever. All you’re gonna need is that shoulder spreader. Walk the
clock clockwise, then diagonally. If you know where there are thinner spots from
the previous year, then put a heavier amount of seed on those spots. A great
idea that we tell people to do is you don’t want to do it in the middle of the
day when the ground is really wet and there’s a lot of mud. Try to do it when
it’s cooler in the morning or the evening so the plot is a little bit more
firm when you’re walking around. Now a lot of people ask “how much seed do I
need to spread?” And the expert opinions differ – we generally say somewhere
between 1/3 and 1/2 the amount of seed recommended for a new planting. Others
use an even higher seeding rate than recommended for new planting – as much as
double because there are so many variables you cannot control [music] Okay we’re back in what we call the
house plot. And you saw we were here last – it was early spring. We had a lot of bare
spots in this plot and we did what we call frost seeding. And you can see now –
nothing but a gorgeous food plot. Very full, lush – this is what you want. Again,
it’s the middle of summer here and this is how effective frost seeding can be.
You do a little bit of work in that springtime, you’re gonna have a great
looking food plot come the fall. Well we hope you enjoyed this show all about
frost seeding and as you can see it is an effective method in having great-looking
food plots come the spring and the summer. And if you have any questions at all, we
encourage you – we have a ton of great videos on planting food plots on our
YouTube channel, our Roku channel you can also visit the Whitetail Institute
website at WhitetailInstitute.com for all of their products and to answer any of your
questions and anybody who wants to make a call call their toll-free number to
talk to a professional consultant and we want to thank you all for joining us on
Wired Outdoors

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