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Food Plots and Wet Soil Conditions

Back To "Ask The Biologist?"QUESTION: Is there a food plot plant that will grow in a wet grassy area that doesn’t flood? I would like to remove the grass and start a food plot in a one-acre area just outside of a swamp that has moist ground most of the year. — Matthew W.

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Photo courtesy of Hadley Creek Outfitters

ANSWER: I went to my good friend Steve Scott at Whitetail Institute for an answer to this one. “It really depends on how wet the site is,” he said. “If it stays nasty, mucky wet all the time, you could have problems. If the site dries out enough to get a disc in there and turn it over, you have more options. Imperial Whitetail Clover would be a good choice.”

Clover, in general, tends to be more moisture tolerant. Because it contains a blend of several clover varieties engineered specifically for whitetail food plots, Imperial is also drought- and heat-resistant and cold tolerant. That means it should do well in a range of environmental conditions. It also maintains its high palatability and protein levels throughout the seasons.

Whatever you decide to use, Scott recommends that you start small. “Start with an acre or two to get your feet wet (no pun intended). Once you see what works best, you can expand.

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