Oats OR Wheat OR Winter Rye For Best Whitetail Food Plot

I want to talk to you about the magic of

cereal grains fall cereal grains

including wheat rye and oats as it

relates to your hunting and your food

plots coming up these cereal grains are

some of the easiest to plant and they do

really well on a variety soles and far

too often I hear that someone might

recommend that one seed is better than

the next and you can see the trees

coming down behind me we have an

excavator we're bulldozing new plots

guys excavating new plots this year on a

new property and you can bet I'm going

to use some of these going forward and I

want to talk about each one I hear that

that one's better than the other that

you should only plant one that one's

only good all that's rubbish no

different than if someone's saying that

a white spruce is better than a Norway

spruce there are two different types of

spruce Norway spruce need heavy soil

open sunlight white spruce you can plant

back in the shade poor soil sandy soils

low pH so completely different for one

to say one is better than the other is

to not understand either one of them

same with clover red clover yellow

clover sweet clover white clover there's

lots of different clovers out there

someone can't just say that this clover

is the best for all time because if

someone has heavy soil they might use

one clover like lledon Ladino or they

might use red clover on sand garbage

soil outside clover I believe it's for

wet wet groan so there's a lot of

different uses for clover I'm sorry

about me swatting at the bugs around

here it's nasty which is a good thing

more often than not when there's a lot

of bugs and garbage here in the summer

time and you have a little bit wetter

conditions and this type of habitat

growing around it's going to be really

good for box come in the fall and deer

in general rye is I often talk about why

I often recommend my clients plan try

readers viewers because ryf it's the

most amount of habitat out there winter

rye rye grain not rye grass is the most

soil tolerant pH tolerant and it

germinates in as low they've had studies

down to 37 degrees soil temperature it


the most Hardy seed that you can plant

on your property and have something grow

and that's the magic and winter rye

wheat a lot different wheat likes

heavier soils higher pH and if I had the

choice to plant between the two you eat

you also get more volume on rye in a

shorter amount of time so if I had a

choice to plant between the two I would

choose rye if I didn't have rye

available readily available I'd get some

wheat especially if it if it fit the

soil so not a big deal between those two

now oats is a different one

oh it's is different because oats die

and get frosted out during the fall I

know people that only plant oats and if

you're starting to get appreciable frost

and freezes in October in mid-october

then you probably want to stay away from

oats because they're gonna turn brown

and there's not gonna be any life in

them and you're not going to use them

now I've gone through the mixes and this

going back into the early 2000s into the

90s where I take 80% o 20 percent rye

put it on a food plot too much Brown

50/50 this is in in Michigan 5050 too

much Brown going into mid-november 8020

then I thought why am I even playing

oats in the first place they're not

really pulling the deer herd it's not

there in the spring form in the upper

half of the country and I want that

green going into the spring and rye or

wheat will give it that to you but oats

oats are great for nurse crops so I like

planting a light amount of oh it's 4050

pounds per acre with my greens in the

late summer say I'm planting peas and

beans great to plant 50 40 pounds of

oats that's what I'm doing this year

with them and then I'll come back later

because the real workhorse is a rye and

I'll top dress 200 pounds per acre a rye

around Labor Day again I want that Riya

all the way through spring once it hits

spring Greenup rye wheat it's useless

they're not going to eat it once spring

Greenup hits they're going back to their

luscious clovers all the legumes the

forages in the woods the herbaceous for

it lots of food at that time they don't

need that Riya specially when the rice

start to get taller and leaf out there's

a use for each one of these and again

even oats again you could put oats in

with clover in the fall completely dead

in the spring you don't have to worry

about it like rye or wheat great

cover crop for a clover great cover crop

for alfalfa there's a lot of different

uses for it and like I said for oats

with my late summer playing at greens

and then they die off which ones better

it really depends on your situation for

one to say that one is better than all

the rest is to not understand each one

of them probably even the one that

they're recommending so you need to

understand which one is best for the

timing I again I talk about winter rye

because it is a sure-fire crop and I

talk about layering winter rye a lot I

developed that in the UPA Michigan in

the early 2000s I developed rye for

adding on to food pot failures back in

the early 2000s talked about this wrote

about this many many years ago I've been

doing this some practice in this four

year if you look up layer drive for

white tails that's in a very important

process I developed back in the 2000s

where you're planting an early amount of

rye hundred pounds per acre then 100

pounds about three weeks later and then

a hundred pounds if needed three weeks

after that your goal is when you get

into in that that latest planting in in

southern Ohio would be mid October that

latest planting in the UPI Michigan

would be the third week of September

middle of September right around there

so your timing you're ripe Lanting with

that latest point of really getting it

to germinate well you could even in the

U P mission you plan as ladies a third

week with September right around there

but you're timing those hundred pounds

per acre at each time and what I like to

do is I like to apply those really good

greens the peas maybe even late planted

beans the light oats and then I'm

planting all those in a lower amount of

volume so that I have a lot of soil

exposure to be able to broadcast a try

and layer afterwards I developed that

long ago just look up layer dry winter

rye for whitetails I have that too my

books talked about it and and so rye I

talk about a lot because it's a very

easy seed to plant that's not soil

specific I planted it on pH it's too low

a 4.7 it grows up turns red can't suck

up the nutrients because the pH a pH is

no matter how much fertilizer you put on

and it dies you can never overcome low

pH with upping the fertilizer because

the low pH only allows the plants to

uptake a certain percentage of that

fertilizer or none at all so you're just

wasting fertilizer you have to lime

first so again oats great nurse crop

cover crop wheat is good if you don't

have rye and you're planting in heavy

soil good soil rye if you can't get

right to growing your soil you're not

going to get anything else that are on

your soil so really look at each one of

those they each do have their place

there there's a lot of uses for them and

encourage you to look on my site to my

website search rye for white tails

winter rye for white tails layer dry

you'll find those articles and we'll

create some more videos on those this

fall but they've been in my my favorite

blends going back to 2016 best food plot

blend a lot of times I'm using two or

three out of all those and my plantings

I encourage you to be educated about

each one make a really educated decision

on what to plant and enjoy in this fall

because they're easy to plant they're

productive and let's face it deer like