Welcome to Forage Tech
Forage Tech Purpose and Summary
Forage Tech wildlife food plot seed mixes, food plot fertilizer and mineral mixes have been developed with the intent to be the best value in the marketplace and to assist our customers in maximizing their wildlife agricultural practices. Many hunters make a large investment in land, equipment, fuel, seed, lime, fertilizer, feed feeders and labor to improve the wildlife habitat but at the end of the day do not achieve the results they wanted or expected. With all the advertising, product hype, hearsay, and lack of experience it is no wonder that the food plot and associated market is confusing. Forage Tech has tested products on free ranging wildlife and continues to conduct research with test plots and fields. We intend to improve our products with continued research by us and information gleaned from other research available. We do not invest in fancy packages for our products or paid celebrity spokesmen. Instead, we invest in providing products utilizing high quality seeds and minerals. We provide products to you in plain packaging to assist in maximizing the value that customers receive for our products or paid celebrity spokesmen. Instead, we invest in providing products utilizing high quality seeds and minerals. We provide products to you in plain packaging to assist in maximizing the value that customers receive.
Forage Tech History
The owner of Forage Tech bought land for hunting approximately 14 years ago. Early on he purchased seed mixes from several sources. Test plots were established and the quest for the best products began. As an agronomist (science of soil and plants) the owner noticed that nearly all the seed blends contained mixtures of annual and perennial products and that big seeds and little seeds were placed in the same bag. In some cases an annual is used as a cover crop for perennials but this is not the case of several of the products received for testing. It appeared that certain seeds were introduced as filler to bring down the costs of a bag of seed. As far as mixing large seeds and small seeds in the same bag, this does not allow someone who is planting to plant the seeds at the various depths needed for maximum production. Many of the larger seeds should be planted 1/2 ” to 1″ or deeper, (corn, peas, lablab, beans, sunflowers,etc.) and small seeds (clover, alfalfa, chicory, turnips, radishes, etc.) should be planted no deeper than 1/4 ” or can be broadcast on the surface and cultipacked very efficiently. Therefore, we do not mix annuals and perennials or big seeds and little seeds in the same bag. We have a “Bag in a Bag” system that we predict will become common in the marketplace to pattern after this agronomically sound practice. We place the small seeds in a separate bag and place it inside the larger bag that contains the larger seed. With this system, someone planting can choose to plant the big seeds deeper and then come back and plant the small seeds shallower. When planting perennial mixes containing either alfalfa, clover, or chicory then we do recommend a cover crop of oats or wheat or a combination of the two. However, this can best be purchased separately. We recommend 30 lbs of oats or oats/wheat combination for a one acre planting unless you are too far north for oats. Replace the oats with annual rye if you are too far north. A fertilizer was then developed based on providing the needed nutrients for deer and elk as well as the plant needs for macro and minor nutrients into a premium food plot fertilizer that costs very little to use instead of generic N-P-K fertilizers that do not contain the essential macro nutrients and minor nutrients needed by wildlife or the plants themselves. A mineral mix was then developed and lastly a fertilizer formulated for fishing ponds was developed.
Forage Tech Learning Center
Check out the Learning Center by clicking here. This will take you to information about lime and pH, fertilizers, mineral mix uses, soils, clearing food plots, planting techniques and equipment, exclusion baskets, and a host of other articles to keep you informed and educated on wildlife habitat management.