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RACKMASTER SEED MIXTURES
Rackmaster Elite
Type: Cool season perennial seed mixture
Uses: Rackmaster Elite is a unique food plot seed mixture developed to attract whitetail deer, produce high yields and be a true perennial that can last for years without replanting. This product was developed to improve the health of the entire deer herd, providing high protein to increase antler and body mass. It will also help increase the weight of developing fawns and improve milk production in does.

Rackmaster Elite features Durana and Patriot, two of Pennington's elite white clovers, plus Choice Chicory and other quality forage ingredients such as small grain brassicas winter peas and reseeding annual clovers. Durana and Patriot White Clovers are true perennials, genetically improved and university proven to be more persistent in stressed environments such as over-grazing or weed competition. They are low maintenance clovers that tolerate acidic soil conditions and aggressively compete with weeds and grasses commonly found in many food plots. 

Durana and Patriot will produce over 30% protein and are university proven to last three times longer than conventional Ladino-type clovers. These two clovers have been exclusively selected by Pennington because of their wide adaptation to many climates, high protein and easy maintenance in food plots. Choice Chicory is an elite Pennington variety of chicory that produces up to 35% protein. It is a perennial plant that exhibits a greater persistence through summer's heat and produces high yielding, high protein food supplies throughout the summer months.

Choice Chicory is also improved to be a more winter active variety, extending the growing season of this unique forb. Choice's extensive root system allows it to pull minerals from deep in the soil up through its leaves, making it mineral rich and highly palatable in addition to being high in protein. The Durana and Patriot White Clovers along with other legumes in this mixture are pre-inoculated so they will produce nitrogen and share it with the other plants, reducing the amount of expensive commercial nitrogen needed. These legumes produce as much as 100 pounds of free nitrogen per acre per year for the food plot.
Planting Information:
Date: August 15-October 1: Zones C, D & F
          September 1-November 1: Zones A, B & E
          February: Zones A, B & E
          March-April: Zones C, D & F
Rate: 25 pounds covers up to 1/2 acre
Depth: 1/4" maximum

Rackmaster Deluxe (Fall)
Type: Cool season annual seed mixture
Uses: Rackmaster deluxe fall mixtures contain small grains mixed with annual legumes for attracting deer. This fall mixture is regionally developed to provide the best planting material marketed for your area. These cool season plots are important to help your deer herd build up the carbohydrates needed as stored fat to survive the harsh winter months. Maintaining good body condition through the rut and the winter stress season will mean the difference in your overall management program. 

This seed mixture also contains reseeding annual clovers that will provide food through early summer and reseed itself from year to year. Wintergrazer 70 rye, Arrowleaf clover, Crimson clover, wheat, oats, and Austrian winter peas are just a few of the ingredients you may find in the regionally developed Rackmaster mixtures.
Planting Information:
Date: North: August 15-October 1, February-April
         South: September 15-November 25
Rate: 100 pounds/acre or 2 1/2 pounds/1,000 sq. ft.
Depth: 1/4"

Rackmaster Durana Clover
Type: Cool season perennial legume
Uses: Rackmaster Durana White Clover is the newest white clover on the market for whitetail deer management. Durana was developed by Dr. Joe Bouton, while at the University of Georgia, to persist under grazing pressure, tolerate acidic soils, compete aggressively with weeds and grasses and to tolerate low management situations.

Durana, unlike ladino clover, is an intermediate white clover. Intermediate clovers have a medium leaf size and a leaf density that is very thick, from the ground to the top of the plant. This leaf density will help prevent weed invasion. Durana possesses a high stolon density; it has 97 stolons per square foot, unlike conventional ladino clovers which only have 52 per square foot. It is pre-inoculated and lime coated for easy seeding and optimal nitrogen fixation. 

Durana will outlast conventional ladino clovers in food plots and persist for years on good moisture holding soils. With protein levels of over 25% and digestibility of over 75%, Durana will make an excellent pure stand or combination planting for any food plot to feed, attract and hold game on your property. Durana is persistent, productive and a highly preferred white clover.
Planting Information:
Date: North: August 15-October 1
                   Frost seeding - January-February, March-May
         South September-December
Rate: 5 pounds./acre or 2 ounces/1,000 sq.ft.
Depth: 1/8" maximum

Rackmaster Patriot Clover
Type: Cool season perennial legume
Uses: Rackmaster Patriot White Clover is another new white clover on the market for whitetail deer management. Patriot is a cross between Durana and a ladino type. Patriot was developed by Dr. Joe Bouton, University of Georgia, to be a very productive forage yielder and persist under grazing pressure, tolerate acidic soils, compete aggressively with weeds and grasses and to tolerate low management situations. 

Patriot is pre-inoculated and lime coated for easy seeding and optimal nitrogen fixation. Patriot will outlast conventional ladino clovers in food plots, produce just as much forage and persist for years on good moisture holding soils. With protein levels of over 25% and digestibility of over 75%, Patriot will make an excellent pure stand or combination planting for any food plot to feed, attract and hold game on your property.
Planting Information:
Date: North: August 15-October 1
                   Frost seeding - January-February
                   March-May
         South: September-December
Rate: 5 pounds/acre or 2 ounces/1,000 sq.ft.
Depth: 1/8" maximum

BUCKMASTERS SEED MIXTURES
Buckmasters Ultimate

Type: Cool season perennial seed mixture
Buckmasters Ultimate Wildlife Seed Mixture contains Pennington's exclusive clovers such as Durana and Patriot which are university tested and proven to last up to three times longer than conventional Ladino white clovers. 

Durana and Patriot are two powerhouse white clovers, blended with a variety of super-high protein plants to include Choice Chicory, Red and Crimson Clovers and Arrowleaf Clover. This mixture of ingredients will provide a year-round food source for wildlife that can last for years without replanting. Buckmasters Ultimate is pre-inoculated so you can simply sow and grow your Ultimate, high protein food plot for the biggest, healthiest deer possible.
Planting Information:
Date: North: August 15-October 1
                   Frost seeding - January-February, March-May
         South: September-December
                    January-March
Rate: 4 pounds per 1/2 acre
Depth: 1/8" maximum

Buckmasters Feeding Frenzy
Type: Cool season annual seed mixture
Buckmasters Feeding Frenzy is a seed mixture designed to germinate quickly, grow fast and hold whitetails around your food plot for the entire hunting season. A combination of tender small grains, winter hardy rye, brassicas, sweet winter peas and re-seeding high protein clovers are specifically formulated in the correct percentages to ensure that deer can utilize each plot at its maximum potential.

After planting Feeding Frenzy, the oats will germinate first and quickly grow, luring deer from surrounding areas to your food plot. The other ingredients will germinate and begin to mature soon after. The time-tested sweet winter peas will provide a highly desirable forage which will continue to attract deer to your hunting area.

As winter sets in, the carbohydrates in the brassicas are converted to sugars, making the plants highly palatable and promoting energy and nutrition during the coldest months following the rut. The clovers will grow through the winter into spring even after the hunting season is over providing high quality nutrition for post-rut bucks and pregnant does. Every seed is treated with GermMax to maximize germination rates and get your plants off to a strong and healthy start.
Planting Information:
Date: August 15-October 1: Zones C, D and F
         September 1-November 1: Zones A, B and E
Rate: 25 pounds per 1/2 acre
Depth: 1/4"

WARM SEASON

WINGMASTER SEED MIXTURES
Wingmaster Wildlife Seed mixtures are exclusively designed for individual game bird species such as turkey, dove, duck and quail. These mixtures were created to attract and hold wildlife while providing abundant seed to improve the habitat. In addition to the mixed combinations of seed products, Pennington also offers a unique wildlife rice that is excellent for waterfowl and Chufa which turkeys love. Pennington Seed's Wingmaster Wildlife Seed offers the game bird enthusiast a complete line of products specially formulated to grow in your area. Coverage varies by specific mix.

WingMaster Quail Mixture
Type: Warm season annual mixture
Uses: Want more quail? Provide habitat for brood-rearing, nesting, loafing, roosting and protection from predators and inclement weather and they will come. Food plots that produce open ground at chick level with overhead cover make ideal areas for quail chicks to be effective insect predators. With over 90% of chicks' diets made up of high protein insects its first few weeks of life, insect producing areas are critical to their survival.

In addition, a healthy quail population will need a good supply of seed producing plants to provide a consistent year round food supply. Pennington's WingMaster Quail Mixture is a combination of seed producing plants that will provide an excellent food source, cover, and brood-rearing areas. These seed producing plants include Proso millets, Brown Top millet, and Sunflower. Throughout the late spring and summer months WingMaster Quail mixture will be producing seed for foraging quail.

In a staggered effect, this seed mixture will have plants maturing and dropping seed to the ground over a long period of time. From about 60 days after germination in early summer and extending into the winter, WingMaster will provide an abundant supply of seed.  
Planting Information:
Date: April-June
Rate: 40 pounds/acre or 1 pound/1,000 sq ft.
Depth: 1/4"

WingMaster Wild Turkey Mixture
Type: Warm season annual mixture
Uses: Like quail, turkeys need good habitat for brood-rearing and feeding areas. WingMaster Wild Turkey seed mixture produces abundant seed and insects to meet these needs. Turkey poult diets, for the first few weeks, consist primarily of high protein insects so areas producing insects are critical to their survival.

In addition, a healthy turkey population will need a variety of plant matter to provide seed, leaves, tubers, fruits, forbs and grasses for a consistent year round food supply. Pennington's WingMaster Wild Turkey Mixture includes millets, grain sorghum, Buckwheat, Chufa, and White Clover which are a combination of plant species meeting those needs in addition to proving excellent habitat, cover, and brood-rearing areas. In a staggered effect, this seed mixture will have plants maturing and dropping seed to the ground from late spring throughout fall and winter.

Over a long period of time from about 50 days after germination in late spring and extending into winter, WingMaster will provide an abundant supply of seed, tubers, leaves, other plant material and insects. Also, through its perennial plant components this seed mixture will continue to produce seed, grasses, leaves, insects and habitat for years to come.

Turkeys will benefit from openings; both large and small permanent openings are needed for good habitat. Field corners, field edges, field borders, fencerows, tree lines or drainages are all ideal areas for developing an opening with an edge effect that will benefit turkeys. Proper management of these edges will consist of fall or winter disking every three years. This disking should be the beginning of a 3-year vegetative succession of habitat stages.

The first year should be WingMaster food plot establishment in the spring, followed by letting this area remain idle for the next two years. Establishing food plots across your property in a staggered or delayed process to allow for 30% to 50% of total openings to be idle and the rest in an establishment year or fallow year will make for the best turkey habitat. For example, having your openings divided up into thirds, will allow for one third to be planted this year, while two thirds lay idle. Taking the oldest idle plots back into food plots every third year will keep your plots rotated, fresh, manageable, and full of insects.
Planting Information:
Date: April-June
Rate: 40 pounds/acre or 1 pound/1,000 sq ft.
Depth: 1/4"

WingMaster Dove Mixture
Type: Warm season annual mixture
Uses: The mourning dove is a migratory game bird that has four basic habitat needs: food, cover, water and grit. These habitat needs must be met to produce more local nesting birds and attract migratory birds during the season. With the popularity of dove hunting on the rise, hunting clubs and field managers are seeking ways to compete with nearby fields.

Planning, understanding the birds and providing necessary habitat will go a long way toward having a successful hunt. Doves need a water source within one mile of their food source. In addition, doves need grit (small bits of gravel and larger grains of sand) in their diets to help grind food in the gizzard. Gravel roads and roadsides are a perfect location for birds to find this grit. Doves are seed eaters with about 99% of the diet made up of seed in late summer and fall. Pennington's WingMaster Dove Mixture is a combination of plants that meet the seed requirements of the mourning dove.

Our mixture is a combination of small seeded millet, grain sorghumand sunflower that will provide a plentiful supply of seed. This seed combination will mature in a staggered effect with some plants producing seed in as little as 60 days with others taking 110 days. This allows for food supplies to become available early to attract and hold the resident birds. As the entire mixture matures, plants will drop seed to the ground, providing an abundant supply of seed for the entire season.

It is important to plant WingMaster Dove mixtures no later than May 15 so the
plants will have time to mature and shatter seed. Later plantings or time delayed plantings are preferred if late season hunts and additional field manipulation is required. Site selection of a dove field is often one of the most important field management decisions overlooked. Avoid fields near houses, housing developments, highways, livestock confinement buildings such as poultry houses and large areas of woodlands. Also avoid establishing fields too close to existing ones (a good rule of thumb is five miles apart), if this cannot be avoided then cooperate and coordinatemshooting days with adjoining landowners. 

Open fields with plenty of room (10 acres) are ideal areas for establishing dove fields. Keeping safety in mind, hunter placement should be top on the list when selecting a field. Crowded hunting environments can make for a miserable hunting experience as well as a dangerous one. In addition, consideration of perch trees (leafless trees or thorn trees), power lines, and proximity to water and grit are all important components of good dove fields.  Field manipulation is also important because dove prefer to land in areas where the ground is clean and bare and then walk to the food source. Mowing down strips in your field will open up the ground and scatter seeds in the process. Mowing these strips weekly starting six weeks in advance of hunting season will help hold more birds on your property.

Disking old mowed strips is also a good method of further manipulating the field and attracting more birds. By having some plants upright, some mowed down and some disked up you will provide a haven for birds. Doves are federally regulated migratory birds, and you should take extreme care and pay close attention to federal and state regulations regarding dove field management.
Planting Information:
Date: April-August
Rate: 40 pounds/acre or 1 pound/1,000 sq ft.
Depth: 1/4"

WingMaster Chufa
Type: Warm season annual sedge
Uses: Chufa is a sedge that is one of the most popular foods for wild turkeys. Chufa plants have underground tubers, which are the part of the plant that turkeys eat. One chufas tuber will produce a plant that can grow from 15-75 tubers. Turkeys find the tubers by scratching them from just under the soil surface. The tubers are high in protein and fat, which makes them especially nutritious for wild turkeys.

Chufa can make an excellent food source for other wildlife including deer and ducks.  Chufa plants grow in a variety of soil, but best on well-drained, sandy or loamy soils.  Clay soils will also support chufa. If growing on clay soils, lightly turn the soil in the fall to expose tubers. This practice can be done periodically to extend the food supply into winter and early spring. Simply plow several strips twice a month until the entire field has been plowed. Generally chufa grow well anywhere corn is grown. Chufa plants will produce underground tubers in 90 to 110 days after emergence.
Planting Information:
Date: April-June
Rate: 40 pounds/acre or 1 pound/1,000 sq. ft.
Depth: 1"-2"

WingMaster Duck Mixture
Type: Warm season annual mixture
Uses: Many waterfowl species will benefit from habitat improvements like supplemental plantings. These same habitat improvements will also attract more mallard duck, the most popular and most sought after waterfowl species in the U.S.

Cover, food and shallow water are the basic habitat requirements needed for good waterfowl management. Ducks are herbivores, characterized as grazers and seed eaters, and have diverse diets of grasses, forbs, seeds, fruits, acorns, cultivated crops and aquatic plants. Food plantings of seed producing plants around the edges and in waterfowl impoundments can provide excellent food and habitat for waterfowl. Pennington's WingMaster Duck Mixture is a combination of seed producing plants that will make an excellent food source for ducks including Japanese millets, Proso millet, Buckwheat, and Grain Sorghum.

Planting food along water edges, in the impoundments, or in low areas that will flood during the winter are excellent ways to increase habitat and hold more birds on your property.  Pennington's Duck Mixture is tolerant of some flooding. However, water should be held off until plants are fully mature or about 80 days after germination. For dabbling ducks or puddle ducks that feed in shallow water, levels should be kept in the range of 6-inches to 18-inches deep once flooding occurs. 

Some practical pond management such as thinning or removing non-mast crop trees along the water's edge could help to increase sunlight exposure to the soil thus increasing natural food supplies from seed-producing weed and grass plants. Also carefully controlling water levels in waterfowl impoundments help provide good growth for your supplemental food source or encourage natural food supplies to grow. Waterfowl are federally regulated migratory birds, and you should take extreme care and pay close attention to federal and state regulations regarding
field management.
Planting Information:
Date: April-August
Rate: 40 pounds/acre or 1 pound/1,000 sq. ft.
Depth: 1/4"

WingMaster Wildlife Rice
Type: Warm season annual mixture
Uses: Wingmaster Wildlife Rice will make an excellent supplemented planting for any waterfowl species, especially mallard ducks. This versatile food plot seed can be seeded into a prepared seed bed, mud flat or right over the water. It will mature in 75 days with an abundance of seed.
Planting Information:
Date: June-August
Rate: 40 pounds/acre or 1 pound/1,000 sq. ft. Use higher seedling rates if direct seeding into water (up to 100 pounds).
Depth: 1/2"-1"
Method: For water seeding, presoak seeds in a large container. Skim off floating seeds. After 24-36 hours, drain and place seed in a wet sack (burlap or pillow case will work fine), for the next 24 hours turning the sack occasionally and keeping it moist in a shady warm area.

The seed is now ready to water broadcast after 24 hours. Seed can also be broadcast or conventionally drilled into a firm seedbed, no till drill and into a killed sod or broadcast onto mudflats. Flood irrigate to control weeds.

To check out other great wildlife products from Pennington Seed, visit
www.penningtonseed.com

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