FROM THE FLOOR OF ATA: THE NEW 2020 BIG TINE FOOD PLOT LINE
You don’t have to be at the ATA Show to find out what you can expect from us this year! Yesterday we announced the release of our Big Tine NITRO™ Granular Mineral and Vitamin Supplement, but we’re not stopping there. Our customers asked, so Big Tine is delivering. We are expanding our line of food plot mixes in 2020! We’ve added four new blends in addition to our previous two in order to meet your food plot needs all season long. “Big Tine’s new food plot blends are sourced directly from the seed farmers, handled for purity and have no fillers or bi-products. These premium blends deliver the quality nutrition and diversity of food needed for optimal herd health,” said Gregg Ritz of Hunt Masters. Here’s a quick breakdown of our new food plot blends for 2020.
We decided to add two perennial blends to the mix to be planted in the spring or fall, our Foundation Clover and Clover Select. The Foundation Clover is a mix of two Ladino clovers, medium red clover, arrowleaf clover, and white flowering crimson clover. Foundation Clover establishes quickly and has very aggressive stolon growth. Four pounds of Foundation Clover will plant up to a half-acre. The Clover Select is a mix of Ladino clover, medium clover, white flowering crimson clover, and chicory. The seed is coated and clovers are pre-inoculated for higher seedling survivability and easier seeding. Due to the added chicory, this mix has an increased drought tolerance. Two pounds of Clover Select will plant a quarter of an acre. Both perennial mixes are high in protein, great for deer and turkey populations and frost seeding. Mixing either with oats or wheat, as a cover crop is an excellent way to start your food plot!
Along with the addition of perennials, Big Tine decided to add two more annual blends, Lock Down and Long Range, to the food plot line. Lock Down is a great fall/winter annual plot with high protein during the hunting seasons. As soon as it emerges from the ground, it’s ready to forage. This mix offers excellent winter heartiness with two varieties of winter peas, an exclusive spring or fall cool-season forage pea, turnips, forage oats and forage wheat. White-flowered peas are more palatable and allow for better digestibility. With our Lock Down mix, there are more peas per pound versus other winter peas. Eight and a half pounds will plant up to a quarter of an acre.
Our new Long Range food plot mix is made up of winter forage oats, forage wheat, forage rape, white flowering crimson clover, turnips, radish, and kale. It’s easy to plant and establishes quickly, producing a high tonnage of forage. Long Range is a perfect fall and winter annual hunt plot with excellent early and late-season forage attraction. Twenty-six pounds plants up to a half of an acre.
Along with our new food plot blends, we decided to keep the originals! Last Stand and Buck Brunch were such a hit in 2019 that we decided not to mess with a good thing. These blends are perfect low maintenance plots for the working man. Our Last Stand blend is an annual fall/winter mix of forage kale, turnips, and rape that produces massive amounts of lush forage. Seeds are coated for easier seeding and higher seedling survivability. It establishes quickly and is designed for late-season hunting spots, withstanding extremely cold temperatures, to help deer get through the harsh months of winter and is highly drought tolerant. For prime food plot results, mix Last Stand and Foundation Clover or cereal grains to make the perfect full season plot. Two pounds of Last Stand will plant up to a third of an acre.
Buck Brunch is our no-till seed mix of turnips, white-flowering crimson clover, forage rape, forage wheat, and premier winter hardy annual rye grass. This is a fall annual planting but can be planted in the spring as a soil amender. Buck Brunch is great for early and late season but requires three to four hours of filtered sunlight per day and good seed to soil contact. This mix is great for transition plots between bedding and destination plots, remote plots around your tree stand, old clearings, paths in the woods, and corners of fields. Four pounds of Buck Brunch will plant up to half an acre.
Big Tine’s new food plot mixes will hit store shelves March 1st, just before planting season starts. Consider these blends of perennial and annual mixes during your food plot planting in order to assist your deer reach their full potential, because every inch matters.