Ask a farmer

Hunters looking to improve the wildlife habitat on their hunting properties should not fail to ask local farmers for advice or other help in making food plots as productive as possible.

With planting season arriving in the next few months, hunters wanting a good fall food plot need to get their ducks in a row. While they can read books and articles and scan the internet for a planting guide, it will never take the place of advice from an experienced, local farmer.

Farming in the Carolinas dates to the beginning of settlement, and most farm families are generational farmers with more than 200 years of experience growing crops for market. Even though most food-plot plants tend to appear specific for wildlife, they are commercially grown throughout the nation for some sort of global use. And farmers can tell hunters what to do to make their food plots a bigger success.

Farmers have a wealth of knowledge beyond what is written on the label of a bag of fertilizer, seed or herbicide. Never be scared to consult with a local farmer, because it might be the best advice you ever get.

About Jeff Burleson 1311 Articles
Jeff Burleson is a native of Lumberton, N.C., who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences and is a certified biologist and professional forester for Southern Palmetto Environmental Consulting.

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