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Grant Woods

When Do Antlers Stop Growing?


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This time of year I receive a lot of questions about when antlers stop growing. Folks are eagerly checking their trail cameras. They want to know if the bucks will keep adding inches until the velvet is shed or if the rack is as big as it will get. Like humans, bucks are all unique […]

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Grant Woods

When Clover Fails


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Many folks are scouting and picking stand locations for the upcoming season. Part of this process is determining where the deer are feeding now. My daughter Rae and I checked out some of our plots yesterday. Although there was plenty of rain during the early part of this growing season, it’s dry now. We were […]

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Grant Woods

Keeping Soybean Foraging to a Minimum


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The Best Food Plot Crop, Part 5 Last week I shared how to determine the best conditions to plant forage soybeans. Now let’s consider what to do once they are out of the ground! Forage soybeans require very minimal maintenance. I plant Eagle Seed forage soybeans that are Roundup Ready. If weeds are a problem, […]

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Grant Woods

Soybeans and Soil Temperature


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Last week I shared some tips on how to plant forage soybeans. To get the maximum growth from forage soybeans, they need to be planted using the correct methods and when the conditions are best. This week I’ll review exactly what the optimum conditions are for planting forage soybeans. Soybeans are a warm season crop. […]

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Melissa Bachman

Summer Scouting Tips


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With the heart and heat of summer quickly approaching and the early stages of antler growth becoming visible, now is a great time to begin the scouting process for your upcoming season.  Sure it may seem a little early, but there are many things you can pick up now that will help you this fall. […]

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Grant Woods

The Best Food Plot Crop


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Last week I shared that I consider forage soybeans the best food plot crop for my goals of allowing deer to maximize their genetic potential of antler growth and fawn production with the additional bonus of attracting deer to my hunting stands. This was based on my observations while hunting and an obvious relationship between […]

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Grant Woods

The Best Food Plot Crop!


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When folks tour my farm they often ask why most of my food plots are planted with forage soybeans  It’s easy to understand the question given the vast variety of food plot crops/blends available. My goals for food plots are to: Provide deer with great nutrition so they may maximize their genetic potential to produce […]

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Grant Woods

More Ticks After A Cold Winter!


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It seems I’ve had more questions/comments about ticks this spring than during past years. This is especially true from areas that had extended snow cover and/or cold temperatures last winter. It seems logical that there would be fewer ticks following a harsh winter. However, the opposite can be true. If the winter conditions are constantly […]

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