Small grains make up some of the most desirable cool season plantings for deer food plots. Other choices you may be familiar with are oats, wheat, and rye. If you haven’t considered triticale then you may want to have a second look. It has a lot of advantages.
What you will like most about this plant is its versatility in adaptation and usage. It is a cool season annual that can do well in acidic soils. It does well in sandy loam to clay soils. It is flexible and can be planted with other grains and legumes including various clovers, vetch, oats, and winter peas. By adding these other plants you can expand the use of the plot into the spring and help to fight weed competition once the snow melts.
Small game birds such as dove and quail eat the seeds. Turkeys love the plant too. If you want to feed small game birds, you do need to allow the plant to mature through. Whitetail and other deer will use this plot all winter long in most locations which is why it can be a good choice for fall season and winter food plots.
For more information on grain varieties that do well in your area, check this website out.
It has a handy map that you can select your area with. The site is for producer sales, but it is a good place to start.
For winter varieties in Western Canada: