Can You Identify Each One?
Soil. It’s where life begins and ends. Somewhat unsettling to think about? Perhaps. But not from a food plot planting standpoint. Soil is of the utmost importance for those who plant food plots for wildlife. If you don’t know soil, you don’t know food plots.
To plant a good food plot requires a basic understanding of soil composition. Soil management is important. Certain species of trees and other plants perform at different levels when planted in different soil types. Knowing what soil type a species prefers is very important. Planting the wrong thing in the wrong soil type can lead to a failed crop and a lost investment.
Knowing the acidity of the soil (pH) is also an important figure you should focus on during the planning stages of food plotting. A good, average soil pH range to be in is 5.5 to 7.0, but readings can show soil conditions well outside that desired medium. It’s all about potassium, phosphate, nitrogen, magnesium and other key nutrients.
Once you know the soil pH, you need to understand how to correct it based on your intentions. You can’t quickly change your soil type without bringing in dump-truck loads of new soil. But you can help correct the pH. But I digress. That’s another topic for another time. For those interested in getting their hands dirty, check out the six main soil types and how to identify them.
Disclaimer: Despite what you read here, and what you might think your soil type is, it's imperative to always take a soil sample analysis to determine what you should and should not plant; as well as to know what you should do to improve soil conditions. If looking to purchase land, such as through Realtree United Country, always sample the soil type before buying to be sure it meets standards and isn't beyond correction.