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To Spray or Not To Spray A Food Plot

Regardless of what you are trying to grow, there’s a good chance that you have heard of, or actually used, Roundup. Whether you are killing weeds around the house, in the garden or even in a food plot, Roundup can be used just about anywhere.

This herbicide is even considered “non-selective” because it will control essentially any growing plant that it touches! In other words, be very careful about what you spray.

Here at the Priefert Ranch, we only spray food plots in the Spring. Each spring, we start the food plot preparations by mowing and spraying.

I’ve found that spraying is most effective on an area about a week to 10 days after it has been mowed. So how do I know exactly when I should spray? Watch for new growth to start appearing and then spray. It typically takes about 10-14 days for the vegetation to completely die.

While there are literally hundreds of various sprays available to kill weeds, I still think Roundup is one of the best out there. Roundup contains an ingredient called “glyphosate”. Glyphosate is an ingredient in Roundup brand herbicides used to kill weeds by blocking proteins needs for the plants growth.

One important thing to know about glyphosate is that it only kills the vegetation above the ground. If you till the ground after spraying, there’s a good chance that seeds in the ground will resurface. Those seeds could have been dormant in the soil for years; however, there’s still a chance for germination in the right conditions. If you have enough time, before seeds need to be planted, you can repeat the spraying process to try and cut down on the possibility of dormant seeds resurfacing.

As always, this has just been my experience. Each experience leads me to a new lesson learned. Be sure to read, understand and follow the directions on the herbicide that you choose before making any decisions. A well thought out plan will help to maximize your efforts and results in the long run!

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