Spring and early summer are the best times to plant food plots, but that does not mean that creating a food plot later in the summer is impossible. There are seeds that you can still plant before hunting season to attract curious deer to your property. You can still see results in the fall, even if you planted your food plot now.
Wait for Clover
Avoid planting clover for another month or so until the weather cools down. In the middle of summer, the temperatures are too high for clover to flourish properly. Their roots can’t survive in dry soil until they’ve grown a couple of inches into the ground. If you plant clover now, the roots won’t be able to survive because the soil is too dry. Wait just a little bit longer and you’ll have a chance at round two for planting clover.
An ideal type of clover for warmer states is crimson clover. It attracts deer, but is intolerant of cold weather. It can be planted in southern states in early September.
Plants Made for Winter
Annual plants are a better choice for a late summer food plot than perennials. They grow faster than perennials and can more easily handle colder conditions.
Winter peas are designed to be planted in late summer/early fall. As its name implies, these peas are very resistant to cold weather and can hold up in harsh climates. This crop does well when it’s planted with clover or cereal grains.
Oats and wheat are the most attractive to deer in its early stages. This is a benefit for late summer planting because the plants will be blossoming right at the start of hunting season.
Buckwheat is a good choice for late summer planting. It is capable of growing in poor soil conditions and reaches maturity about 10 weeks after germination. This time frame will be even quicker with a late season planting. This plant can cut through weeds and discourages the growth of more because it is incredibly adaptable to any soil. It thrives in soil with the proper phosphorus and potassium balance, but does not need a lot of nitrogen. If you need to lay down seed with little prep-work, this should be a top priority for your food plot.
If you choose to plot plants that are able to extinguish any weeds they come in contact with, you don’t need to waste your time or money on a heavy-duty weed killer. This will help you with your time crunch because you won’t have to worry about the weed killer damaging your other feed. You can go right to planting and concentrate on getting your food plot up and running.
A successful food plot is one where the right crops were planted at the right time. There are some plants that should only be planted in the spring, but other crops grow stronger when planted in the summer. You don’t have to plant your food plot at the first sign of spring in order to yield a successful crop. As long as you adjust the crops for the time of year, you can create a food plot that will attract deer all season.
What do you use as your go-to food plot seed for planting late in the summer? Let us know in the comments!