By: Jason Herbert
By: Jason Herbert

Like clockwork each evening, the deer entered the field. This time something was different though. Usually, the mama and babies just rolled right out, but tonight they smelled something new. Deciding on a better meal elsewhere, the deer turned and walked away. A huge smile came across my face as I realized early that my afternoon efforts of fertilizing my food plot we’re going to pay off huge.

Normally, I would frown when I see deer leaving my property, but today was different. I had just used a 50lb bag of Suståne natural organic fertilizer on my plot, hoping to ignite my soil’s potential and boost the natural nutrients. I was even more excited when I saw the deer giving the plot a break and going somewhere else. I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense, but my food plots are getting hit so hard that they needed an extra shot of fertilizer. The fact that the deer didn’t like the odor of the fertilizer is a bonus, giving the plots a few weeks off from browsing and allowing them to really catch up to their potential. I want my plots to attract and hold deer, but more importantly, I want deer interested in my property DURING the season, not just in the summer months.

Anytime is a good time to spread Suståne on a food plot. Here the author took a quick break to snap this picture before he finished enhancing this corn plot.

I’m pretty new to using a product like Suståne, but my first impression is that their natural organic fertilizer is incredible and just the answer we hunters living in the real world, are looking for. Not only can it be used on food plots, it can also be used to simply boost the natural nutrients occurring in weeds. Right now I personally have clover, beans and corn plots and each one of them got a healthy dose of Suståne right before a forecasted rain. Generally, food plots are planted in hard-to-reach locations or areas with less than ideal soil conditions. Let’s face it, anywhere in whitetail country where someone plants a food plot, it’s because that ground isn’t suitable to be tilled for agricultural land. If that food plot ground was good, somebody would already be farming it. So it’s nice to boost the natural nutrient supply in the plot.

Another trick, a version of the “poor man’s food plot” is just what I mentioned earlier. Simply take a bag of Suståne out and fertilize the heck out of all the weeds around your tree stand. It won’t take long for it to work itself into the soil, and the results are noticeable in days. Not only does a majority of a deer’s diet consist of woody browse and native forage, but they will notice the extra nutrients in the local weeds and start to feed their more heavily on the fertilized ground versus other areas. So if anything this fall, at least try to fertilize some weeds around one of your favorite tree stands and see what happens. A bag of Suståne is a small investment compared to the huge returns you’re going to get with your native poor man’s food plot. I found several options at a local garden center, in this case, 50lb bags of 4-6-4 and 8-2-4.

When Author fertilized this clover plot, he didn’t think to toss a few handfuls of Suståne under the truck. In hindsight, this picture is a good example of how much enhancing the soil with Suståne can boost a plot.

When experimenting with my food plots and Suståne, I made very discernible lines between which part of the plot got fertilized and which didn’t. In each of the three test plots: corn, beans, and clover, the fertilized areas were much more lush and a darker green color, giving me the impression that those plants were very healthy. Although the other areas that did not get fertilizer still looked good, it was easy to pick out which got fertilized and which didn’t. In fact, in my clover plot, I could tell where the truck was parked while I was fertilizing! The discrepancy in the fertilized plot versus not fertilized continued to become more obvious as time went on and the summer rains continued to come. Like I said, often Mother Nature knows way more than modern science, and in the case of fertilizer, Suståne is a perfect example. Suståne enhances the soil, for a long term, lasting effect on food plots for years to come. Now, in my second year using Suståne in my food plots, I can literally watch deer each evening walk through my unfertilized plots, and head straight to the fertilized clover plot.

Suståne works for fertilizing any food plot crops such as corn, turnips, and clover. Here Author is all smiles with this nice Michigan buck in a late fall Suståne clover plot that had to be mowed three times last summer.

Grab a few bags of Suståne this hunting season and try one on a food plot, and another on native weeds. Then hang on tight, shoot straight, and send us pictures!

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