Take the Real World “Dare to Compare” Challenge
Real World Wildlife Products may be the only seed company in the hunting industry that encourages customers to compare its products with other brands. We have confidence in the quality of our products and we want you to see the difference first-hand on your own property. Here are some tips to help you compare Real World products with other brands :
Start by comparing similar products. For example, compare Real World’s “Clover-n-Chicory” blend with other clover based products. It is important that you are comparing “apples to apples”. Comparing a clover product against soybeans would not be a good comparison.
Compare the labels.
All seed and nutritional products are required by law to accurately label what is included in their products. Start by comparing how much seed you are being given to plant a certain area, for example 10# of seed to plant one acre.
Compare germination rates.
It is not illegal to sell old, outdated seed with poor germination rates as long as they are properly labeled. In fact, many food plot seed companies do this. Comparing germination rates will help you know exactly how much “good” seed you are getting. For example, if you get 10# of seed but the germination rate is only 80%, you are actually only getting 8# of good viable seed.
Compare the percentage of ” inert matter” and “seed coating”.
Inert matter is things like dirt, chaff, etc that is included in the total weight but is not seed. The more inert matter within a product, the less seed you are actually getting. Seed coating is cheaper than seed, so some companies actually sell their customers seed-blends that are as high as 50% seed coating. This helps the company make more profit, but you pay for it with the success of your plot. One big-name company sells a one-acre 8# bag of clover that is 50% seed coating, so actually you only get 4# of seed, and that is before considering seed lost to poor germination rates.
Compare seed species.
Some companies use cheaper “filler seed” to cut down on the cost they have in each bag. When companies mix annual species with perennial species, they are likely cheapening the blend for their own profit. Think about it -why mix annuals and perennials? In one season, the annuals will die leaving a sparse stand of perennials the following year. You are much better off choosing either an annual blend or a perennial blend.
Just by comparing the product labels, you will likely notice some differences between Real World products and other brands. The real difference, however, is in how each performs in your plots. Plant both products side-by-side in the same plot on the same day. Place a utilization cage in each plot to better monitor plant growth and feeding activity by deer and other wildlife.
Observe your test plot over the entire year and don’t be too quick to jump to conclusions. One brand may look great at the start of your test, but certain weather conditions may have an adverse effect on it. Note your observations from the time the plots germinate through the following winter to get a good feel for how the wildlife on your property utilize each of the products being compared.
If your side-by-side tests shows that the wildlife on your property prefers a brand of product other than Real World, we want to hear about it. Our ultimate goal is to have the very best products on the market. If there is something better out there, we want to hear about it.