Utilization based on game camera survey on this crop choice + evidence of use
Last season was my year of exploration. I planted sweet corn for the first time, buckweat and sorghum. I also planted birdsfoot trefoil. The reason was simple, I have an area that gets pretty wet and I've been hearing how well Trefoil deals with moist soils. It takes a while for it to get a foothold, but once it did the growth was very impressive. I did see some weed infestation so I sprayed one application of generic raptor (also called IMOX) to control weeds. The plot kept thickening up and was very lush.
I had interesting results in this plot. It was well utlized by deer, but third behind Alfala and Clover. Interestingly, it was the first stop for my mature bucks in October. Not sure if there was a nutrient they craved but it was noticeable. It only lasted until the soybeans started to pod then every deer headed for that plot.
I am impressed with Trefoil. It came up very well and drew bucks. It did not draw large numbers of does and fawns - so it's not a top preference. I would say it ranks 4th for mid-season attraction behind Soybeans, Alfala, and Clover. It seems to live up to its' reputation as a great option for wet soils.
Plot Photo (Macro)
Plot Photo (Micro)
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