All the hard work is finally done! Now it’s time to get some seed down and watch it grow! Generally speaking, seeding food plots is pretty easy. Based upon your budget, here are the best options for planting your food plots.
Broadcast spreaders come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The majority of food plotters use this type. They are relatively cheap and easy to use. Not to mention can be used on just about every type of food plot seed with the exception being corn. It’s important to note that with a broadcast type spreader you’ll want to drag and/or cultipack the area after seeding.
- Hand Spin Seeder– Whether you use one with a bag or a plastic bin, they basically function the same way. You open up little gates on the bottom that allow seed to fall onto a spinning disc while you walk around the food plot cranking the handle. It’s always better to start with the opening too small and have to walk over the food plot two or three times compared to starting with too wide of an opening and running out of seed before you cover the entire food plot. A good and versatile hand spin seeder will cost about $40.
- ATV Spreader– Just like spraying, seeding can be done faster and a little bit easier with the help of an ATV attachment. An ATV spreader uses power from the ATV battery to turn the seeder on and off. I plant roughly five acres of soybeans every season with this type of spreader and usually have excellent looking food plots. An ATV spreader will cost roughly $125.
- PTO Spreader– A PTO spreader functions like the ATV 12 Volt spreader, but rather than being battery driven, it’s driven by the PTO and can hold substantially more seed or fertilizer. Obviously, this is made for a tractor with a PTO and will cost a couple hundred bucks.
These differ from broadcast spreaders in that they put the seed directly into the ground in nice and neat rows – no need to cover the seed by dragging or cultipacking. The most effective planters are pulled behind an ATV or tractor.
- ATV 2 Row Planter– This is a pretty decent planter to have handy for smaller food plots. You can’t rush the job, but a slow and steady approach should yield good results. You can find a 2-row ATV planter for somewhere around $600+.
- Row Planter– Typically anywhere from a 2-8 row planter is what food plotters would use. Because food plotting is most likely a weekend project, it’s hard to justify buying a planter just for planting food plots. If you’re in need of one, throwing $100 at your local farmer will typically get the job done. Price will vary.
- No-Till Drill– If you’re not familiar with a no-till drill, they are the king of food plotting. They are called a no-till drill because you eliminate the step of having to till the soil before planting with a no-till drill. Simply spray, let die, and plant. If everyone could afford one of these, everyone would have one. They reduce erosion, minimize compaction, and save time and fuel, all while building the organic matter of the soil. A good no-till planter will run you a couple grand.
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