Real World Wildlife Products has been shipping an increasing volume of product to the southern states and while we firmly believe that many of our products will perform great in the south, we also see a need for a fall-planted seed blend specifically designed for this region.
We have been and continue to work with several large-scale land managers in Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and North Carolina on a southern-specific seed blend. This southern blend contains 12 plant species for season-long attraction and was designed to also green-up in the spring to create a killer turkey plot.
Planting Date – Dixie Dozen is a fall-planted product, typically planted in September depending on geography. The farther south you are, the later you want to plant. It is important not to plant this product too early or it will lose some of its palatability by the time hunting season opens and you want the deer to be hitting it hardest.
Site Prep – Start by spraying your plot to kill any vegetation. When it is time to plant, prepare a good seedbed by disking or tilling the ground so that it is primarily free of bigger dirt-clods. The soil does not need to be worked into a powder-fine consistency but just free of large clods.
Planting – Due to the different sizes of seed within Dixie Dozen, it is typically broadcasted. After broadcasting the seed onto the worked ground, cover it by dragging the plot or using a culti-packer to push the seed into the ground. The goal is to get the seed covered with ½-1 inch of soil. Make sure the seed is not any deeper. If some of the seed is exposed on top of the ground, it can still grow as long as it gets adequate moisture. Mix the contents of the bag before putting into your seeder. It is important to have good distribution of your brassica seeds. Planting this product to thick will minimize its production and ability to mature. It is better to plant this product too thin than too thick.
Herbicide – All weed control must be done prior to planting. There is no herbicide that will work on this mix after it has germinated. If planted correctly at the right time, with weed control done prior to planting, this product will fill in and weeds will be kept under control
Note – Always take a soil test and fertilize accordingly.