Blended specifically for Texas and surrounding states, RACKMASTER Texas Twist is a mixture of brassicas including rape, purple top turnip and Trophy Radishes with crimson, arrowleaf and sweet clovers. It provides an abundant amount of high protein and energy rich nutrition for deer, turkey and other wildlife. The brassica species contained in Texas Twist germinate quickly to provide an immediate high protein food supply to help fill seasonal nutritional gaps. As winter sets in, carbohydrates contained in the brassicas are converted to sugars providing a highly palatable source of energy during the colder months following the rut. After the leaves are consumed, deer continue to ingest valuable nutrients by browsing on the large roots formed by the Trophy Radishes and turnips. The crimson clover comes on in late winter/early spring followed by a flush of arrowleaf clover growth in late spring into early summer that provides a high quality food source for growing bucks, gestating does and does nursing fawns. Also, as the small grains and annual clovers mature in the spring, they provide excellent food, cover and habitat for browsing turkey. The biennial sweet clover develops growth in late spring to provide high quality nutrition for deer throughout the summer months and beyond. RACKMASTER Texas Twist features RapidResults seed germination enhancement technology which promotes quicker emergence and stronger, deeper root growth. The result is a hardier and more productive food plot.
To attract and provide nutrition and habitat for deer and turkey. To provide a highly palatable source of energy during the colder months following the rut. To furnish high quality nutrition for post-rut bucks and pregnant does and does nursing fawns. To provide cover and browsing habitat for turkey and other wildlife.
PLANTING & GROWING INSTRUCTIONS:
Method: Choose a site that receives a minimum of 8 hours of full sun. Prepare a clean, smooth and firm seedbed by plowing and dragging the soil. Fertilizer and lime can be applied during this step to incorporate it into the soil. Broadcast seed evenly across the soil surface and use a culti-packer or light drag to cover the seed. Making good seed/soil contact is a key to establishing a productive food plot.
Seeding Date: South - Sept. 15 thru Nov. 1 and Jan. 15 thru Mar. 15; Upper South - Sept. 1 thru Oct. 15 and Mar. 15 thru May 1; North - Aug. 15 thru Oct. 1 and Apr. 1 thru May 15.
Seeding Rate: 5 lbs. per one-half acre or 1/4 lb. per 1000 sq. ft.
Depth: 1/4” (stand failures will result from seed planted too shallow or too deep).
Fertilizer: Soil testing is highly recommended. Liming to a pH of 6.5 - 7.0 and providing adequate levels of potassium and phosphorus are necessary to ensure a productive Texas Twist food plot. See your local county extension office for soil sampling assistance. In the absence of a soil test, apply 400 – 600 lbs. /acre 10-10-10 (10 - 14 lbs. /1000 sq. ft.) or equivalent fertilizer and 1 ton/acre ag lime (50 lbs. /1000 sq. ft.). Apply fertilizer just prior to seeding. If practical, apply lime a minimum of 3 months before planting.
Inoculant: Clover seed contained in Texas Twist come pre-inoculated with selected Rhizobia strains of bacteria for optimal root nodulation and nitrogen fixation.
To obtain maximum production of the brassica, apply an additional 30 – 50 lbs. /acre nitrogen 30 – 45 days after emergence with the application of 100 – 150 lbs. /acre 34-0-0 (2.5 – 3.5 lbs. /1000 sq. ft.) or equivalent nitrogen fertilizer.
Tips for Successful Food Plots:
1. Every successful food plot begins with a soil test. Most woodland soils have low pH and low fertility. A soil test will tell you how much fertilizer and lime is needed. Information on taking a soil test can be obtained from your local county extension office.
2. Spend the extra time necessary to properly prepare the soil by plowing, smoothing and firming the ground. Planting on a weed free, smooth and firm seedbed that allows good seed-soil contact is essential for a thick, productive forage stand.
3. Plant seed at the proper seeding depth. Planting too shallow or too deep can result in stand failure. Seed mixes containing small seeded legumes and forbs should not be seeded deeper than ¼ inch. Use a cultipacker, log or a light drag to firm the soil after planting.
4. When selecting a wildlife food plot site, choose an area that is long and narrow with curves or bends in it. This provides a sense of comfort and safety for wildlife. When developing food plots, a good rule of thumb is to plant 2.5 to 7 acres of food plots for every 100 acres of habitat.
5. Avoid droughty sites such as eroded hillsides or shallow, rocky soils. Southwest facing slopes are hotter in the summer and tend to dry out faster than bottom land.
6. A minimum of 50% full sunshine is essential for a healthy and productive food plot. Morning sun is better than afternoon sun for summer game food plots. The reverse is generally true in the winter.