Summer has officially arrived in East Texas. As I look out across each of my food plots, it’s crazy to see all of the variations. At Bell Place, the food plot is so thick you can barely walk. The Deer Pond food plot, on the other hand, is hard to tell that I even planted a food plot! While that is slightly frustrating, I can honestly say that I’ve learned a lot.
Later on I’ll discuss some of the bigger mistakes I made, but for today, lets focus on the soil sample results and how they can affect your food plots.
This year it was time to do a soil sample on 3 of the food plots, one of which was Deer Pond.
I needed to figure out what the soil needed to efficiently grow peas, wheat, oats and clover. I mailed my soil samples and Information Form to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agency in College Station on March 1st. By March 10th, they had the results. Talk about a quick turnaround!
If you’d like to get a basic understanding of what the results mean and what you need before going to the local fertilizer or Extension Agency, you can go to the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension website and choose a Fertilizer Calculator. Using your Soil Analysis Report, plug in the numbers and then you will have the recommended fertilizer. This will help you determine the appropriate fertilizers and their application methods.
When I got my soil sample results back, I immediately took the reports to the local fertilizer dealer. Since he deals with guys like me pretty regularly, he was able to quickly tell me what I needed and why.
I highly recommend checking with the experts. Bring them up to speed on your long and short term goals. When you get ready to fertilize and spray, just remember, more is not necessarily always better. It’s very important to use the recommended amount. Listening to the experts will save you time and money in the long run!
Check back next week as we dive in to Hard Edges vs. Soft Edges.