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(For the week of June 29, 2009)
Seed for Fall/Winter Food Plots Available
by James L. Cummins
Anyone who has ever spent an afternoon perched in a tree stand overlooking a food plot will certainly have a deep appreciation for wildlife plantings. Even the photographer, who maneuvers silently through the thick stand of pines into a winter wheat food plot, benefits from wildlife plantings.
Food plots are very attractive to wildlife because they can supplement their daily nutritional needs. Such plots can be established and maintained at a relatively low cost. These plots can be designed to serve as a source of food and, sometimes, cover. Well-managed food plots have the potential to increase numbers of wildlife, quality of health and observability.
To aid landowners who would like to plant wildlife food plots, Wildlife Mississippi, working in cooperation with Resource Management, Inc., is continuing its Wildlife Habitat Seed Program. Through this program, Wildlife Mississippi will make seed available at a minimal cost. The Wildlife Habitat Seed Program is designed to provide an incentive for landowners to establish and maintain food plots that will yield a variety of benefits to the landowner as well as the wildlife he or she is managing.
Winter wheat is currently available through the 2009 Wildlife Habitat Seed Program. All seed has been treated and has excellent germination rates. The seed is provided by Pioneer Hi-bred International and is distributed through Resource Management, Inc. to Wildlife Mississippi.
If planted properly, the food plots will be utilized by a variety of species of wildlife. White-tailed deer, turkey, quail, doves and many species of songbirds will benefit from these plantings. Furthermore, erosion can be lessened.
There will be a fee to help cover trucking/administrative fees incurred by Wildlife Mississippi. The cost will be $8.00 per 50 lb. bag of wheat. Persons ordering seed will be required to pick up the seed at Amory, Greenville, Hattiesburg or Madison. After Wildlife Mississippi receives the wheat, a letter will be mailed informing those that ordered of the pick-up dates and times at each location.
For an order form and planting guidelines, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Wildlife Mississippi, c/o Wildlife Habitat Seed Program, P.O. Box 10, Stoneville, MS 38776. You can order your wheat online with a credit card at www.wildlifemiss.org. You can also find the order form and planting guidelines online. Wildlife Mississippi will be taking orders up until August 28, 2009. This will allow the staff to place the orders with Resource Management, Inc. in a timely manner to ensure that the orders will be filled.