How To Spot A Bad Brassica Blend

There are many brassica blends on the market, and a few are pretty darn bad! Here is a great way to spot the bad ones so that you can get the most out of your brassica food plot this Fall…

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Now a lot of you are planting brassicas This year and uh you know even planting Brassicas can be a little bit Controversial because there's people out There say I never plant that stuff that You don't touch it and then there's Other people on the other side of the Spectrum where they eat it down to the Dirt before hunting season what I like About Brassica is it's it's not tolerant To a lot of browsing pressure but it's Decent compared to soybeans for example You need to plant several times more Acres of soybeans in the same spot if Your brassicas are lasting let's say you Have an acre of brassica's two acre Brassica plantings then um You probably Need three acres of beans four acres of Beans to make it through Um and so you look at that you know Browse tolerance are pretty decent and You know just in general you know old Wives tale we've known this for 20 years Or more we talked about Um you know used to be the old wives Tales that Brassica needed Frost like Rape turnip radish needed frost on it to Make it sweet for the deer to eat it Well we've known that by experience for Decades finally the qdma came out with Her NDA a couple years ago or a year ago That yeah that doesn't do anything to The Nebraska plant you know Scientifically something we've known you

Know for 20 years but science is finally Catching up to that and the bottom line Is you know we've seen where you planted An area too early like June and it's Gone by July because there's nothing Else Green in the area and then I've Seen it rot in the spring there's a lot Of times asked you with timing that's Why we always like diversity on each Food plot meaning we'll have some greens That are more candy greens of peas light Oats maybe late planted buckwheat light Tilled radish something that draws these Deer in early like a candy crop And then it's natural for them to step Over and start eating Nebraska if you Have a brass of planting off to the side Somewhere you say well I'm going to Provide this winter food it's going to Be a great December food source well if They've already established their fall Pattern somewhere else on your land or In the in the neighborhood why would you Expect them to all of a sudden just Shift their entire fall pattern that's Based on Hunting pressure security food And come over to your Brassica blend and That's where you see a lot of that Rotting in the spring because that Pattern use was not established early Early with a candy crop you can always Move the timing of that has nothing to Do with the frost you can move the Timing of Nebraska so in a given area

Even if you're next to a candy crop in The same food plot which is what we do Side by side not mixed together If the deer aren't touching the brass Until December we'll add 25 pounds of Beans 50 pounds of peas or both to that Brassica mix it sweetens the plot then The deer hit that brass car early you Can move the timing up of when they hit It ideally you'd see about the end of October early November that's the Perfect timing for Brassica not December Because you're starting to get past the Deer season and the whole name of the Game with food plotting of course you Want to have good hunting season you Want to provide them nutrition before The winter time and really build fat Reserves and get them into high energy Levels going into the winter time Instead of trying to you know focus on Depleting energy reserves during the Middle of the winter time About the same time you want to protect Box you want to control the makeup of The herd and you can do that in a very Small parcel 40 acres Where you're looking at I want to hold These deer or hold the attention during The daylight hours and then send them on To the winter time safe and you can do That so if you're if whatever food plant You're planting doesn't work till December January you just wasted those

Acres to your herd building hunting and Often your habitat goals on the property And what you're spending your resource Resources of time and money for so you Can always control the timing when Nebraska's are eating that's a lot Something a lot of people don't realize Been trying to teach that for 20 years But it's something that you can do and Uh and again just they're not waiting For the frost to sweeten up so I'm going To go through some things of brass you Know they're great plant because it Produces a lot of tonnage several tons Of food or a few tons of food in a 10-week period that's what people like Them you know Clover takes the same Amount of time it takes five months To equal that same amount of volume of Food and the deer eating it all along She never take that same amount of Volume into the fall say for Clover we Like clover in our small hunting plots Pass through plots when you get down to Kentucky West Virginia Louisiana Arkansas Clover might be longer lasting Because there's later Frost and and Warmer Falls so there's a lot of that Going on when it comes to Clover with Brassica you're trying to produce a lot Of volume in a short period of time so That you can really peek into that late October November time for your property So I want to go through you know it's a

Great product it's a great crop when I See again people saying well they won't Eat it well there's several reasons you Know again you're not establishing the Use of the plot early It's with other sweeteners or they're Eating it too late you're expecting them To come over to the single plot and uh It's out of the way it's not part of Their fall patterns and then they're Riding in the spring a lot of times they See in big AG country where there's low Deer numbers a sign that they won't eat Your brass is often a sign that you Should be raising your deer numbers that You're below average below carrying Capacity for the land so that's another Thing too you see out there this deer Herds that are too low and some open AG Coverless regions and uh and you need More deer that's a good sign hey thanks For watching the video and we'll be Right back but this is very important It's very important announcement We have our camp kicking bear event we Have it on Father's Day it's more of a Habitat day we're going to see a feature Of habitat improvements how they will All relate to a bedding area a water Hole food plot bedding Point morning Sands evening stands and then we get to Take a tour around the majority of the Property too bottom line is 350 dollars Per person times 50 people we highly

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Top turnips and it's a high percentage Of your Brassica mix say well it's great For that late season but again if you're Focusing on December you already miss The boat it's always good to have a Small percentage whether it's 10 15 20 Percent of that Brassica blend like we Do with a couple different varieties Purple top and green Globe to focus on That December time but it should never Be a third of your of your mix or 40 Percent of your mix and I think that's The theme with all the Blends and in Braska you don't want to be focusing Putting all your eggs in one basket Either early or late for example tillage Radish we actually cut our percentage of Tillage radish going into this season we Always changes change those mixes every Year because toad radish is more of an Early season crop the radishes they like To consume early the greens those greens Die later December January so look at That life of the radishes more September October November not November December January February if you look at it that Way so that's that balance you don't Want too much tillage radish you don't Want too much purple top green globe or Other Globe varieties that are slanted Towards later you look for that balance Doesn't matter if it's tillage radish or If it's your purple top green Globe mix Or forage rapes forage turnips meaning

Instead of putting all the energy into Producing a big bulb they'll often call It seven top turnip where you actually Have seven shoots and you're producing More tonnage and green leaf and so that Green leaf Edge you don't want too much Green leafage without the bulbs it's I Hope you can see kind of a balance with All those One of the things that people put into a Brassica blend which is bad so really Look at your label read your labels of Course if there's High inert matter but Most of the time in Nebraska seeds There's not a high inert matter they're Doing that when they're mixing clovers Brassica cereal grains and other Products that inert matter gets up high Where we see that some as high as 50 60 Percent worth in a bag of seed you're Only getting 50 seed because there's so Much other garbage in there so you Always got to look at that most of the Brassica Blends don't fall into that Category So that might not be something you Really need to worry about but sugar Beets you see sugar beets you think wow I've heard people talk about that that's A great product the problem is sugar Beets need to grow for about a month Longer than the typical Brassica mix Almost all of them and the deer will eat Those out and pick those out early often

Before the hunting seasoning begins so It sounds good deer do like them but They like them so much and they need to Be planted longer that they don't give You appreciable value during the hunting Season And a lot of times they're not even There during the hunting season so you Can't have that herd building Opportunity with that seed and again Looking at that balance You don't want your Brassica eating down In August September just like you don't Want it still standing uneaten in December and they're not eating until January if you have that balance that Perfect timing again is October November Especially late October and November Early December that would be the sweet Spot right there where it helps you Actually be that herd influencer and Where you can control so those sugar Beets a lot of times are put on the bag Just to attract your dollars Hope that makes sense a lot of things in The seed company the seed industry are Are that way that's what we avoid with Our seed company but we want to have a Good quality product I don't feel like We need to use you know have used car Salesmanship tactics to try to get your Seat and we don't do that one of the Things that I see and um this is uh You're seeing some clips it was this is

On an Ohio property and this is a big Blend that has a lot of different seeds In it that they probably by estimation They probably have 50 percent of their Brassica crop still standing and that Was early May It's a really bad thing that means a lot Of these collards kale canola we've Known that deer don't like to eat those For 20 years But when a seed company puts that in the Mix you get four feet four foot of Growth You look at the food plot and say wow This is the best food plot I've ever had There's so much volume but it's not the Best one half of it's wasted because It's still there in the spring so Collards kale canola all designed again To suck your money and make you think Wow I did a great job they're four feet Tall but then they don't eat them you See some of those stocks in that field Were half inch in diameter they're Taking up lots of nutrients so not only That you're not eating it but they're Taking up an explosion of nutrients out Of the soil That's not being returned to the soil And that's a very bad thing because They're just riding in the spring taken From your soil and they're not being Eaten by deer going back to that timing Thing now if half your basket crop is

Wasted because you have poor seeds in There that's a really bad thing now I Can say there's always an exception to The rule but when you get canola kale Collard greens imagine that growth in a Northern setting where deer they're not A lot of deer and they'll eat just about Anything that's green so you might find That they ravish those in Wisconsin Northern Wisconsin Northern Minnesota Northern Michigan Upstate New York Northern Pennsylvania even some Bill big Hill country of Kentucky where it's just All wooden there's no other green around Then you might find they destroy those Things and the problem is then is you Better have a lot of Acres because if They do if you are in an area like that It typically does not have food plots or Agricultural then they'll smash a plot Like that right down to the dirt so then It's a matter of great volume might even Be the right location for a fit for some Of these right here Does it make sense they're hitting it Because that's all that's available and And they want that meaning if your Neighbor had something that's a little Bit sweeter a little bit more attractive Like sticking with just rape turnip Radish then the deer would be over there And then maybe hit the stuff over at or Dark or maybe later in the winter or Something like that where it doesn't

Matter so be very wary of mixes that Have these again we figured this out in 15 20 years ago That they don't like kale canola I've Been on so many client properties and Been going to client property since oh Five I diagnosed food plots for a living And we figured those out a long time ago When you're seeing rotting Greens of kale canola collard greens In the spring that that was something Obviously that should not have been Planting and I've even seen it five feet High so some of this stuff can grow very High and I've even seen it in Northern Setting especially in Wisconsin Northern Wisconsin where they haven't eaten I Know there's an exception to the rule But usually if there's an exception it's Because of high deer numbers low Ag and Low food pot percentages in the area That's really all they have left to eat And I don't want to plant something that They'll eat only because that's all they Have left to eat number four mixed with Grains cereal grains like oats wheat Rye Need to be planted about four to five Weeks after Brassica round here in Southeast Minnesota Southwest Wisconsin Southern Michigan lower half of Wisconsin Northern Pennsylvania and then over into New York that would be more early August Planting Nebraska Target around 8-1 then

You get down to like Southern Illinois Southern Indiana Southern Ohio maybe Even into West Virginia Northern Kentucky that would be more like August 10th August 15th and then you could even Plan a little bit later when you get Down in the Deep South Louisiana Alabama Georgia maybe even over into Oklahoma Depending on when that frost date is so You can move that planting from August 1st up north all the way down to September 1st down south and somewhere In between the bottom line is if you're Planting Brassica on August 1st that Means that you should be planting your Cereal grains the first week of September So a big difference in timing what Happens if you plant them all together At too much of a rate like a lot of a Lot of the mixes have then the Rye or Wheat or oats shade out the brass and Brass you can't stand any competition at All it's one thing if there's only 10 Pounds in the mix then you know probably No harm no foul but even then a lot of Time your cereal grains unless it's we Use light oats in some of our mixes Early like our August first planting a Very light amount So it's basically about Um let's say 15 of what a full acre Would be in the bag so very small amount But it's used more as a cover crop just

Something green that's going to shoot up First deer like that lush green when It's first coming up and you're just Offering as a cover crop a little bit Like they're using oats around here for Alfalfa in the spring it's just that Cover crop and nurse crop for that nice Fall sweet blend that you're putting in But if you're putting 50 pounds of Rye Or wheat and with and I've even seen Mixes that have rye wheat and oats and Then they'll have a pound or two per Acre of Brassica in the mix and what That does is it allows them to sell a Smaller bag that covers more acreage Because dwarf Essex rate for example you Only need five pounds per acre so when You're putting two pounds in a cereal Grain mix you're counting for four ten Four tenths almost half of an acre just With two pounds of that so that means You can cut the overall bag size down And for shipping and volume that you Should plant on a food plot it'll look Really good but it's just shading out Crowding out that dwarf Essex Ray for Whatever other kind of Brassica that They put in there and it's not really Amounting to anything so they fight each Other really want to separate those out Especially if you're offering volume now We we really promote if your food plots Are down or like our fall power greens We want to add 150 pounds per acre of

Rye later in the planting season five Weeks later and then after that we're Actually mowing or killing that out in The spring because you don't want allow That rye wheat to get three four five Feet high and take those nutrients out Of the soil it takes a long time to Break break down number five dwarf has Six rate like I mentioned dwarf Essex Rape is a smaller Brassica crop it's a Rape very common it's very cheap so a Lot of companies will add that to the Mix just for a filler just because it's Very cheap to that to add 75 cents a Pound it's really low so what that means Is you can add it to the mix they can Lower their cost per half acre acre down Significantly and improves profit margin And they sell it why do they call it Dwarf because it's very small it's not As big as a lot of the other the Opposite is the kale and canola but they Don't eat that that gets four or five Feet high and huge volume big stems Where the brass is a lot smaller it also Self-seeds a lot more and makes it Through the winter time so it can become Problematic after a warm winter Especially when you're a little bit Further south may maybe southern Illinois Indiana and then further south Where it can actually reseed the Following year and if you don't kill it And it turns into all those little

Yellow flowers and they turn to seed Then you have 100 times more seed than You need or a thousand times more and it Just covers the plot in Brassica you Kill it Because they're such a seed bank in the Soil if you till it up you just expose More seeds and so become very Problematic because that's what we Choose not to have it in there for one It's a filler it's low quality Um it's low cost and so that's where you Can start to see where companies they Can get these cheaper seeds and add it To the blend they improve their profit Margins you don't know any better and Then you end up with low quality seed For it so something we strive not to do At whs Wildlife Blends check out our big Boost Brassica blend along with all our Other Blends that we have we saw Buckwheat rye by the bag or a Convenience for you And we hope you like those seed Blends And I hope that makes sense with this Brass a lot of things to avoid and if Someone who owns a seed company I get to Choose and pick and choose with Basically 25 years of experience of Planting brass as what I want in the mix And we change that every year you're Always chasing Perfection and uh but Really in the end whether you buy my Product or someone else's make sure you

Look on the bag and learn some of these Things to avoid some of these things if We wanted to we would add them if I Thought it was a good thing with 25 Years of experience playing Nebraska is At a high level and instructing others To do so around the country times 1400. Then I'd add it to the mix so if you Don't see an arm mixer it's probably not A good thing but be very wary of some of These that are designed more to take Your money out of your wallet than put Bucks on the wall now I don't know if You've checked out our main website Lately but we've Really had a lot going on including hats Books our web class and certainly our New seed company whs Wildlife Blends When you click on seed on our site it'll Take you right to our brand new site for The seed company we have all 12 Blends Available so check it all out though I Encourage you I appreciate you checking It out whether you buy anything or not Really appreciate you visiting the site And seeing what's going on and continue To watch because we have big things Coming later this year

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