Some food plot seed companies claim that their oats are the best on the market and have been developed after years of continual research. Real World prefers to educate you with simple truths. When Real World’s Whitetail Forage Oats are planted next to the other oats on the market, customers and deer alike were not able to see a difference at any point. We are confident that most of the oats being sold to whitetail food-plotters are all the same. The difference is in price. When comparing oats be sure to note the quantity in each bag. Keep in mind that these winter-hardy oats are not the same as typical “spring oats” commonly sold in local feed and seed stores.
Real Worlds Whitetail Forage Oats come in 50# bags, enough to plant 1 acre when top-dressed with another product such as Plot Topper. If planting a pure stand of Whitetail Forage Oats, use 1 1/2 bags per acre
Planting Date – Real World’s Whitetail Forage Oats are a fall-planted product. A good general rule to remember in regards to planting dates is as follows – Along Interstate-70 plant Harvest salad September 1st. For every 100 miles north of I-70 move the planting date up sooner by 1 week. For every 100 miles south of I-70 move the planting date later by 1 week. It is very important not to plant Real World Oats too early or it will lose some palatability by the time hunting season opens.
Site Prep – Start by spraying your plot in the spring to kill any vegetation. When it is time to plant prepare a good seedbed by disking or tilling the ground so that it is primarily free of bigger dirt-clods. The soil does not need to be worked into a power-fine consistency but just free of large clods.
Planting – Oats are a very easy crop to grow and generally do very well when planted by broadcasting. After broadcasting the seed onto the worked ground, cover it by dragging the plot or using a culti-packer to push the seed into the ground. The goal is to get the seed covered with ½ -1 inch of soil. Make sure the seed is not more than 1 inch deep. If some of the seed is exposed on top of the ground, it will still grow as long as it gets adequate moisture.
Note – To add more drawing power to your oat plots, over-seed it with Plot Topper. Simply broadcast the Plot Topper seed over your oat plot once it has been planted.