Okay, I have a confession: besides the broadcast seeder and your disk, you really should also have some sort of cultipacker to help you plant your deer food plot.
And no—this is not just another excuse to purchase another piece of heavy equipment.
If you’re unfamiliar with farming equipment, a cultipacker is a type of heavy roller that is used to go over tilled ground where a broadcast seeder has sown seed. “Cultipacking” pushes the seeds into the soil, while also breaking up any small clods or clumps of soil that the disk might have missed. The end result of cultipacking is increasing the amount of seed-to-soil contact. Better seed-to-soil contact results in better germination, resulting in a better deer food plot stand and a better return on your investment.
Okay, so you probably don’t need to go buy a cultipacker to seed an acre or two of whitetail deer food plots. But you should consider borrowing one from a neighbour, or renting one from a local farm or landscape store, to help make sure that your hard work in seeding the food plot results in a crop.ഀ
Of course, if you’re direct seeding crops like wheat and soybeans, the grain drill or planter puts the seed well into the soil, where seed to soil contact isn’t a problem. And if you don’t have access to a cultipacker, there are all sorts of harrows and drags that you can drag along disked ground to help prepare a finer seedbed.
But if you’re going to go to the trouble of properly preparing a deer food plot, especially for those plots that are heavily seeded with grasses, don’t forget the cultipacker.