Side by side, Buck Forage Oats are preferred during hunting season compared to any other tested crop.
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BUCK FORAGE SEED OATS
Questions and Answers
Q. Why is Buck Forage Oats different than other oats'?
A. Buck Forage oats are more winter-hardy than others and tend to grow slower than other oats in the fall.
Smaller means much more tender and palatable. Spring [Northern) oats die out at 25 – 28degrees F. Buck
Forage can take temperatures approaching on.
Q. Why do deer prefer Buck Forage oats?
A. We can't say for sure, but we think it is because buck Forage tend to stay smaller longer. As small grains
get larger they lend to become tough and the protein content decreases.
Q. Has Buck Forage ever been tested?
A. Yes. Beginning in 1991, we asked Dr. Kroll to test and recommend it. Buck Forage has rated first for fall
preference in Dr. Kroll’s entire test since then.
Q. Will Buck Forage oats reseed itself?
A. No. there is no easy route to successful food plots. Some plants (ex. clover) will reseed under ideal
conditions, or come back from the roots.
Q. Do I have to work the ground?
A. Yes, and you have to cover the seed about 2" deep. No-till food plots sound great, but have low success
rates. Some people successfully broadcast Buck Forage oats ahead of a ruin without tilling. This practice
won’t be successful every time.
Q. How much do I plant?
A. 100 pounds per acre.
Q. Do I need fertilizer and lime?
A. Probably. Check with your local extension office for soil testing and their recommendations. A general
recommendation on fertilizer is 200 lbs. per acre of
13/13/13. Optimal PH is 7.
Q. Is there another crop that will attract deer as well?
A. Several, but none that produce during the fall. Soy beans and cowpeas are excellent, but must be spring
planted. Buck Forage Oats are the best for hunting season.
Q. Is clover as good as oats'?
A. Clover is an excellent food plot especially in the spring. Most clover has its’ best growth in the spring.
During the fall deer prefer oats.
Q. Is there anyone planting that will produce year round?
A. No single seed But Buck Forage Chicory comes very close.
Q. Will wheat be as good as Buck Forage oats'?
A. No! Plant any wheat next to Buck Forage and see for yourself. Secondly, most wheat is selected for grain
production only. Generally wheat produces about 40% less forage than oats.
Q. Is rape a good food plot?
A. Rape is a member of the Brassica family. Rape is high in protein but low in preference by deer. You will
probably not experience much utilization. We strongly discourage anyone planting Brassicas for fall
attraction. Brassicas includes turnip greens, mustard greens, spinach and rape.
Q. What about blends?
A. Some blends, are good nutrition plots, however, there can only be one most preferred seed in any blend.
If you want full attraction, don't mix your seed with less preferred plants.
Q. How far north can I plant Buck Forage Oats?
A. Buck Forage can be planted as far north as Southern Canada. The oats will remain green until
temperatures drop to 10deg or below, extremely cold temperatures will freeze any oat. (Deer will dig Buck
Forage Oats out of snow cover.)
Q. How much forage will Buck Forage Oats produce?
A. Buck Forage Oats have not been in any forage trails. It was selected for its ability to attract and hold deer
for the longest period. Under ideal conditions Buck
Forage Oats can produce I excess or 10,000 lbs. per acre. Excess fall growth usually results in lowered
protein content. Remember: large plants are stringy and tough. We believe deer prefer tender plants. Buck
Forage oats remain tender longer than other oats.
Q. Why not just feed corn?
A. Two reasons. First, corn doesn’t contain the level of protein deer need. Second, it is much more
economical to produce food plots than to buy grain. Research in Texas indicates supplemental feeding costs
10 times what food plots do.
Q. Is Buck Forage Oats drought resistant?
A. Yes. It has successfully been grown in 20-inch annual rainfall areas. (Buck Forage Oats will not tolerate
desert condition.) Excellent results have been obtained in areas such as South Texas and Mexico.
Q. I have been told the deer will eat fescue and rye grass in the fall. Why shouldn't we plant this instead of
Buck Forage oats'!
A. First, in our experience and many university trails, deer have a low preference for these two grasses. We
rate cold season grass last in preference among the fall seeded plot. Second, deer cannot digest grass well.
Just because they are green and deer will eat it doesn’t necessarily make it nutritional or digestible.
Q. What is no-till?
A. No-till planting was developed to help control erosion. It involves using high rates of non-selective
herbicides to burn down vegetation and then plant seed using a very expensive and heavy no-till planter
designed for this purpose. Some seed blends are being marketed as no-till and suggest broadcasting them in
weeds. We do not recommend this practice because seeds that will produce under these conditions are not
preferred by deer.
Buck Forage Oats
Buck Forage - Food Plot Seed Oat Adaption Map
Green: Deer utilization from early fall to late spring. Freeze damage is very unlikely.
Plant September / October.
Yellow: Deer utilization from early fall to late fall. Some years oats may survive the
winter and produce spring forage. Freeze damage will occur most years. Plant
August / September.
Red: Deer utilization in the fall until severe cold occurs.Plant August to fist half of
September. This area encompasses higher elevations and approximately the
northern half of United States. Oats will freeze out during the extreme cold.