Not all soils are the same! It is crucial to make the proper adjustments to maximize your food plots. Private landowners and state agencies across the country are using food plots to improve wildlife habitat, increase available nutrition, and provide viewing and harvest sites. In addition to being one of the most important steps in any successful Wildlife Management program, food plots are just a plain good practice for the health of your wildlife, whether it is deer, turkey, ducks or geese. There is more to wildlife nutrition than just throwing down a few seeds and hoping they grow. A careful analysis of the area and habitat is required to determine the exact type and location of food plots. Let us assist you in determining the right coverage and foliage for your specific wildlife area.
We can define moist-soil management as a practice that encourages growth of seed-producing native wetland plants by mimicking the seasonal wet and dry cycles of natural wetlands.Typically, moist soil habitats are wet in spring, dry in summer, and then wet again in fall and winter. A well managed moist soil wetland can produce up to 2,000 pounds of seed per acre. Simply put, a single acre of moist-soil habitat can meet the needs of several thousand ducks for one day.
The main idea behind moist-soil management is to let water do the work. This requires some infrastructure—dikes, levees, water-control structures, wells, and pumps—to regulate the timing and amount of water in managed units. That’s why, in the past, this management technique was mainly practiced on federal and state lands. Today, with significant progress made in restoring wetlands on private lands, growing numbers of landowners are flocking to moist-soil management. Sartain’s Heritage Properties has perfected managing moist-soil habitats in it’s decades of service to the hunters, farmers and families of The Great State of Mississippi.
For waterfowl (ducks, geese, etcetera) moist-soil wetlands are the perfect one-stop shop during spring and fall migration. When compared with agricultural lands, which are much more abundant to them, moist-soil habitats provide plentiful nutrition, offer better cover, and support a greater number and diversity of species. Seeds of moist-soil plants also resist deterioration longer than grain seeds, and the plants themselves harbor a smorgasbord of protein-rich invertebrates, which provide important nutrients for waterfowl preparing for the rigors of nesting, egg-laying, and molting.
For private landowners, moist-soil management is a more cost-effective way to provide food and cover for waterfowl and other wetland wildlife than planting and flooding agricultural crops. Although flooded corn can provide excellent hunting and high-energy food for waterfowl during fall and winter, the cost of planting a single acre of corn can easily exceed several hundreds of dollars —not to mention any money lost by leaving the crop in the field too long.
Before attempting to manage your own moist-soil or wetlands, call Sartain’s Heritage Properties at (601) 856 – 2720 and let a seasoned professional work with you to understand your wetlands management needs.
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