Useful tips

What can I plant with sugar beets for deer?

What can I plant with sugar beets for deer?

If at first you don’t succeed with sugar beets, don’t let it get to you! Try them again, but perhaps consider using a mix, like our Beets & Sweets blend. Or, use another attractant crop like forage brassicas or turnips! Whatever you end up planting, if it’s green and succulent, it’ll draw the wildlife to your plot.

How do you plant sweet beets?

Planting sugar beets Sow the seed in slightly moist soil at a depth of three-quarters to 1.5 inches. Sugar beets adapt well to a variety of soil types, but you’ll want to make sure the soil is well-drained and free of roots and large stones that can inhibit the roots’ growth. Sugar beets prefer a soil pH of 6.0 to 6.5.

What time of the year do you plant sugar beets?

Sugar beets can reach maturity in 90 to 100 days and grow best when daytime temperatures are between 60 to 75 degrees and nighttime temperatures between 40 to 50 degrees. Sugar beets can be planted in late spring in the North or early spring in more southern locations.

What do farmers spray on sugar beets?

As with all food plots it is always easiest and cheapest to start with a weed free seed bed using glyphosate (Roundup). For sugar beets, till the soil in the Fall or as early in the Spring as possible. Then spray emerging vegetation 2 weeks before plant- ing your sugar beets.

Can you grow sugar beets in a food plot?

If you’ve ever tried growing sugar beets in a food plot and been disappointed in their performance, you’re not alone. Some of the most common calls we get here at Deer Creek Seed involve questions on how to successfully grow sugar beets (or whether it’s even worth it to try!).

How big does a sugar beet plant need to be?

Sugar beet seed should be planted between 1/2 inch and 1 inch in depth. A drill will help you do this precisely, but if you broadcast, then you have to make sure to deeply rake the seed in. After planting, make sure the seed is covered in soil. Tip #3: Firm the Seedbed AGAIN! Once the seed has been planted and covered, firm the seedbed again!

How does Deer Creek sugar beet seed work?

Here at Deer Creek Seed, we offer coated straight sugar beet seed. The coating on our seed is a clay polymer that protects the seed in the soil and helps with water uptake. If you look at the coated seed, you’ll see that the clay polymer coating helps smooth the seed and gives them an even, rounded shape.

Do you have to crush sugar beet seed?

Once the seed has been planted and covered, firm the seedbed again! We can’t stress this enough – with sugar beet seed, you really have to make sure it has good “seed to soil” contact. Use of a culti-packer, crusher, or weighted roller of some kind after planting is an absolute MUST for sugar beet seed.