Other Wildlife Food Products
WINTER GRAZING IDEAS FOR LIVESTOCK OR WILDLIFE
Seven Top Turnips
These hardy turnips are used for their greens only. Unlike purple top turnips, seven top turnips spend most of their energy on leaf production and not on the root. They grow 16" to 10" greens and the root is like a small carrot that is very fibrous. The seven top turnips are bred for fast, vigorous establishment and quick maturity. (60-100 days)
The high leaf yield and improved regrowth potential plus its frost resistance make it an excellent planting for food plots and a very popular planting for deer. Deer love the leafy forage. Seven top turnips are high in protein and are suited to many soil types. Turnips are an excellent companion crop for clovers, dwarf essex rape, and cereal grains.
Plant in the Spring or in the Fall. Sow 3 lb. per acre. For summer grazing, plant in spring as early as possible. For extended grazing, plant early to mid-summer. Apply 40 lb. Nitrogen after first grazing. Do not graze below 5 inches.
Purple Top White Globe Turnips
Produces a 4 to 6 inch globe turnip with a bright purple crown and white base. Turnip has a sweet flavor. Semi-erect prolific greens provide good forage. 50 day maturity. Sow 3 lb. per acre, April - October.
When it comes to deer food there are only about two or three brassicas that really stand out; one of the main ones being Purple Top turnips, commonly called forage turnips. Deer love turnips and will eat the leaves and the tubers. Typically, turnips are recommended for areas with high deer densities where they will eat all the fall foods during the summer. However, they tend to let turnips (and other brassicas) survive until the first hard freeze when the leaves become more palatable.
WGF Grain Sorghum
WGF Grain Sorghum is a heavy seed producing, early maturing (43 to 50 day midbloom) strain developed specifically for upland game and migratory birds. The OK Agricultural Experimental Station and Oklahoma State University cooperatively released WGF. Since that time, the product has been widely used throughout the US. Unlike many conventional grain sorghum hybrids, WGF imparts a bitter grain taste to predatory birds (sparrows, blackbirds, starlings etc.) during the milk and dough stages of development. The bitter taste disappears at maturity of the plant.
The reddish brown color is only in the pericarp layer of the seed and acts as a mold and rotting inhibitor of the grain during exposure to winter weather conditions. In addition to providing a non-weathering and non-rotting winter food source, the crop residue provides an excellent source of beneficial cover for birds.