Question about what to grow?

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    I have two small 1/4 acre plots, each next to a bedding location. They are both on the top side of a river bottom and the soil is quite sandy. Any suggestions? I live in the red river valley where we can pretty much grow what we want... about the best topsoil you can find, well draining black dirt. Major ag all around me including soy beans alfalfa corn wheat hemp and sugar beets. Was thinking of clover in the spring then I'm not sure about fall
     
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    Clover is a great deer feed.
     
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    Clover. Or ask the wildlife staff what they recommend. Does the state plant food plots? What do they use?
     
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    Guys are right, clover is great and it looks like you have a lot of variety competition around you. This could be a good/bad thing depending on harvest times and herd dynamics concerning your land use.
    If you need to keep a small clover plot "fresh" in the fall do a mix and add small burnett. This deer love and it stays green all winter. Limits your chemical weed deterrent though. Here I have found doing a light over seed of turnips and or rape on my clover works well as a "candy" attraction. Usually in August just before a rain then roll or drive over plot. Add more 0-20-20 at the same time.
     
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    One other plant to consider in a clover mix is sainfoin. A legume that deer love , is non bloating but also acts as a nature dewormer. So healthier herd with better nutrient uptake. Good protein levels as well.
     
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    Thank you guys for the help. I think I'm going to try the imperial whitetail clover and imperial whitetail edge
     
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    I love alfa rack and properly maintained it is good first year then great for 3 then peters out and needs a reseed
     
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    Not to pee on anybodies boots but if there is a buck on the seed package you are overpaying for a clover seed that may not be suited for you climate. I go to my local feed mill and buy a mix of different clovers that are proven to grow in your area. But do a soil test.
     
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    And the reseed is a pain you have to till and rotate.
     
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    Your most likely right and my father owns a greenhouse/garden center and landscaping business so i think I'll just have him order me what I need in bulk...
     
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    Of course, everybody is going to suggest Clover. I mean what else? It is, in fact, the best for deers.
     

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