Real World Clover & Chicory - 5 lbs
5 lb Jug = 1/2 Acre 10 lb Bag = 1 Acre
You could probably say that the Whitetail deer had a hand in the development of the Real World Clover & Chicory food plot blend. The deer told Real World Wildlife Products what varieties they preferred when it came to clover and chicory planted side by side. Chicory works great when planted with clover because it is packed with protein and also is very drought hardy. Chicory makes up 3% of this mix and the certain variety was found to be the most attractive to the deer. The clover in this seed blend will produce tons of forage throughout the seasons and is a staple for the serious hunters and land managers looking for the most forage for his deer herd. This food plot blend also works great for planting on trails, logging roads and small food plots that are slightly shaded. Mowing this plot is recommend.
In 2017 the president of Real World Wildlife Products, Don Higgins, stumbled upon a perennial red clover variety that was planted on a neighboring property hay field that deer were really using hard. Real World did some research to find out exactly what variety this was that the deer liked so much. After getting the hands on some of this red clover Real World continued to test it all across the country. The results were the same. The deer just loved it and now it is being put in the Real World Clover & Chicory seed blend to make it the best it can be.
There are now cheap filler seeds in any Real World Wildlife Seed blend and the Clover & Chicory blend is no different. Also Real World does not add any cheap annual seeds into it either. This blend has an all perennial blend that is proven to be preferred by Whitetail deer. Take the challenge and plant this clover blend next to any others and watch the deer walk past the others. Real World always wants to educate customers about reading seed tags in order to purchase the best quality products available. Check out the comparison below of what Real World has to offer. The difference is huge!
RWWP Clover & Chicory
For one acre:
10# – 6% inert matter = 9.4# seed
9.4# seed x 90% germination = 8.46# good seed 100% of this seed is perennial
Leading Competitor’s Clover
For one acre:
8# – 34% inert matter = 5.28# seed
5.28# seed x 80% germination = 4.224# good seed – ½ of this seed is perennial and ½ are annuals
Clover & Chicory – planting instructions
Planting Date – Clover & Chicory can be planted in either the spring or fall or frost-seeded in late winter. For spring plantings, the earlier the better as the goal is to get the plants well established before the weather turns hot and dry. Fall-plantings are best done in late August to early September across much of the United States with the goal being to get the plants well established before freezing weather sets in for the winter. Frost-seeding needs to be done late in the winter when there is still freezing temperatures to help work the seed into the soil.
Site Prep & Planting – Start by spraying your plot to kill any vegetation. When it is time to plant prepare a good seedbed by disking or tilling the ground so that it is primarily free of bigger dirt-clods. Then use a culti-packer or roller to firm the seed bed. Next broadcast the seed onto the plot. Finish by rolling or culti-packing the plot again to push the seed firmly into the soil. Clover and chicory seed is very small and does not need to be buried into the soil.
Frost-seeding is done by simply broadcasting the seed onto a plot that was prepared the previous fall. This can be done on frozen ground or even on snow-covered ground. The key is that the plot was prepared for frost-seeding the previous fall. We have had fantastic results planting a plot in Real Worlds Whitetail Forage Oats or Plot Topper in the fall and then frost seeding clover & chicory into the oat plot in late winter. This may require a few mowing to keep the other vegetation down as the clover & chicory becomes established.
Note – Clover & Chicory is a great crop to plant in 10’-20’ wide firebreaks around the edge of warm-season native grass plots. This helps to contain the fire when these grass plots are burned while also serving as a food plot and travel corridor for deer bedding in the grasses.