8.5lb Bag Plants 1/2 Acre
Note: A strip 16’ wide by ½ mile equals approximately 1 acre
Plot Screen Planting Tips
These recommendations can help you achieve the best results with your food plots.
- Plot Screen is best planted in late May to mid-June, depending on your area. It is vulnerable to a killing frost so you want to be sure not to plant too early. Does best in full sun, but can handle some shade.
- Plot Screen grows in most any soil given proper sunlight, nutrients, and moisture but it prefers a moist but well drained heavier soil. Before planting, condition the soil with a roto-tiller, plow, disc, or similar equipment to a depth of about 6”.
- As with any planting, weed control prior to planting is important and will reduce nutrient stealing weeds from competing with your plot. That being said, Plot Screen typically grows thick enough and tall enough to crowd out most weeds so if there was ever a situation where you can get by without spraying, this might be it.
- Soil should be fertile with a pH of 5.5 to 7.5. If you are not sure of your soils fertility or pH, have your soil tested. Your local farm co-op or fertilizer dealer can usually help with this.
*A good fertilizer recommendation is 300-400 lbs/acre of 19-19-19. Like corn, Plot Screen loves nitrogen so any fertilizer you use should have a relatively high first number. Urea (46-0-0) can be added after about 1 month to really give it a boost.
- Broadcast or drill at 15lbs/acre. Do not over-seed. Remember a screen 16’ wide by ½ mile equals about an acre. Planting too thick will only result in stunted plants. A screen a minimum of 16’ wide is recommended.
- Lightly drag the field to cover the seed approximately ¼ to ½”.
- Important: Use a cultipacker, roller, or even your ATV tires to pack the field to insure good seed/soil contact.
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Planting just before a reasonable chance of rain will always help you achieve the best germination.
- Proper pH is important, but Plot Screen will tolerate acidic soils better than most blends.
- As with all food plots it is always easiest and cheapest to start with a weed free seed bed using glyphosate (Roundup). As mentioned above, killing weeds before planting will only help you get the most out of your screen.
- If you have sandy soil, Plot Screen is a great way to add organic material into your soil for the following growing season.
- Plot Screen loves hot humid weather so July/August is when you will see your fastest growth. If your plants are light green or yellow they are most likely lacking nitrogen.
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after having "deer watchers" blow all the deer out of my field while bowhunting I purchased a bag of plot screen to try and block their view. My entire field is visible from the adjacent gravel road. I planted the plot screen as early as possibly in the spring to try to maximize growth. It didn't really take off until the end of July/august. After that it went gangbusters with the end result being a 20' wide strip 300' long and averaging 8-10' tall. I put extra nitrogen on it several times throughout the growing season. Especially if it was going to rain soon. After the screen was up I watched deer that were only 20-30 yards inside the screen hold tight even with 4-wheelers tearing by at high speed. I shot a 7 point buck 30 yards from the edge opening morning of rifle season. Overall I'm very happy with the plot screen!