How to Plant Buck Forage Oats

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The soil must be tilled up before the Buck Forage oats are sown.
The soil must be tilled up before the Buck Forage oats are sown. (Image: John Slater/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Buck Forage oats are a variety of oat grass bred and sold by the Buck Forage Company. The variety of oat grass is bred to have the oat grains remain smaller and more tender than other oat varieties, further into the later fall and early winter as temperatures drop. The small, tender and higher-nutrient quality of the oats purportedly makes them a superior attractant to foraging deer and other wildlife in search of sustenance, making the deer easier to shoot and kill.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucks Forage seed oats
  • Tilling tool
  • Soil test kit
  • Gloves
  • Complete fertilizer
  • Lime soil amendment (if needed)

Till the planting soil up to a depth of at least 6 inches and remove any stones, roots or other living or dead plant tissues that you find in the soil.

Add a complete and balanced fertilizer to the soil according to product label dosing directions, if the soil is not already sufficiently rich in nutrients, as determined by a soil test. Use a fertilizer with a guaranteed analysis of 13-13-13, never applying more than 200 lb. of fertilizer per acre of forage planting. Mix the fertilizer into the top 2 to 3 inches of tilled, cleared soil.

Ensure that the soil pH is at or very near 7.0 pH. The soil test results will tell you the present pH level. Ground lime is used to raise the pH and elemental sulfur is used to lower it. Use the soil test results and the product label directions to apply the correct amount of soil amendment. Till any product you use into the top 2 to 3 inches of cleared soil.

Sow the Buck Forage oats evenly over the prepared soil using 100 lb. of seed oats for every acre of prepared soil.

Cover the seed oats with 2 inches of the tilled soil and water in well to ensure good seed to soil contact and spur germination.

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