Rackmaster Mississippi Complete Mix
RACKMASTER Mississippi Complete contains a mixture of highly palatable and nutritious cereal grains and annual clovers with each having varying maturity dates. This unique feature helps ensure a high quality supply of forage for deer from mid-October through late May/early June. This widely adapted mix contains a blend of oats, wheat, crimson and arrowleaf clovers that produces large amounts of forage with the high energy and protein content needed to help the deer herd build up and maintain good body condition throughout the rut and winter stress season. After planting, the cereal grains emerge first to give deer immediate grazing. Then the crimson clover comes on in late winter/early spring followed by lush growth of arrowleaf clover in late spring into early summer. As the small grains and annual clovers mature, they provide excellent food, cover and habitat for browsing quail and turkey. RACKMASTER Mississippi Complete features RapidResults seed germination enhancement technology which promotes quicker emergence and stronger, deeper root growth. The result is a hardier and more productive food plot that will attract and hold wildlife in the area longer.
To attract and provide nutrition and habitat for deer, quail and turkey. To attract and hold deer in the area throughout the hunting season and into late spring. To provide a highly palatable source of energy and protein during the coldest months following the rut. To furnish high quality nutrition for post-rut bucks and pregnant does. To provide cover and browsing habitat for quail and turkey.
Method: Choose a site that receives a minimum of 8 hours of full sun. Prepare a clean, smooth and firm seedbed by plowing and dragging the soil. Fertilizer and lime can be applied during this step to incorporate it into the soil. Plant with a drill or broadcast seed evenly across the soil surface and incorporate it using a culti-packer or by shallow disking. Care should be taken to ensure seed are planted at the proper depth. If seed are disked in, the use of a culti-packer or roller after seeding ensures good seed/soil contact which improves stand emergence.
Seeding Date: South - Sept. 15 thru Nov. 1; Upper South - Sept. 1 thru Oct. 15; North - Aug. 15 thru Oct. 1
Seeding Rate: 100 lbs. /acre or 2 ½ lbs./1000 sq. ft.
Depth: 1/4” – 1/2” (stand failures will result from seed planted too shallow or too deep).
Fertilizer: Soil testing is highly recommended. Liming to a pH of 6.0-6.5 and providing adequate levels of potassium and phosphorus are necessary to ensure a productive food plot. See your local county extension office for soil sampling assistance. In the absence of a soil test, apply 400 lbs. /acre 10-10-10 (10 lbs. /1000 sq. ft.) or equivalent fertilizer and 1 ton/acre ag lime (50 lbs./1000 sq. ft.). Apply fertilizer just prior to seeding. If practical, apply lime a minimum of 3 months before planting.
Fertilizer: To boost forage production, apply a second application of 400 lbs. /acre 10-10-10 (10 lbs. /1000 sq. ft.) or equivalent fertilizer in late winter just prior to the spring growth flush of the small grains. Or, if a soil test from the plot area indicates soil potassium and phosphorus levels are adequate, a sidedress application of 34-0-0 at 125 - 150 lbs. /acre (3 – 3.5 lbs. /1000 sq. ft.) or an equivalent nitrogen fertilizer product is sufficient.
Tips for Successful Food Plots:
1. Every successful food plot begins with a soil test. Most woodland soils have low pH and low fertility. A soil test will tell you how much fertilizer and lime is needed. Information on taking a soil test can be obtained from your local county extension office.
2. Spend the extra time necessary to properly prepare the soil by plowing, smoothing and firming the ground. Planting on a weed free, smooth and firm seedbed that allows good seed-soil contact is essential for a thick, productive forage stand.
3. Plant seed at the proper seeding depth. Planting too shallow or too deep can result in stand failure. Seed mixes containing small seeded legumes and forbs should not be seeded deeper than ¼ inch. Use a cultipacker, log or a light drag to firm the soil after planting.
4. When selecting a wildlife food plot site, choose an area that is long and narrow with curves or bends in it. This provides a sense of comfort and safety for wildlife. When developing food plots, a good rule of thumb is to plant 2.5 to 7 acres of food plots for every 100 acres of habitat.
5. Avoid droughty sites such as eroded hillsides or shallow, rocky soils. Southwest facing slopes are hotter in the summer and tend to dry out faster than bottom land.
6. A minimum of 50% full sunshine is essential for a healthy and productive food plot. Morning sun is better than afternoon sun for summer game food plots. The reverse is generally true in the winter.