King’s Maximo Plus is a cool season, annual deer food plot seed mix of oats, winter wheat, cereal rye, triticale, purpletop turnips, radishes, and three clovers — Arrowleaf, Crimson, and Hubam. This mix is a great food plot to plant that will provide supplemental high protein and yield good forage for white-tailed deer and livestock from fall through spring. The broad diversity of plants acts as an attractant to draw deer to the area during hunting season. Maximo Plus is also an excellent cover crop blend for building soil health, preventing erosion, and fixing nitrogen . The turnips and radishes help alleviate soil compaction and improve organic matter in the soil profile, while the clovers will put nitrogen back into the soil. Also, the clovers are a great food source for native bees and other pollinators. The combination of cool season cereal grains provides broad adaptability of the mix across soil types and climates. Maximo Plus is our preferred deer food plot seed mixture for South and Central Texas, as well adjacent regions. The blend grows well in both dryland and irrigated conditions. Maximo can be planted using a conventional grain drill, no-till drill, or be broadcast planted in a prepared seedbed followed by packing or dragging.
Planting Rate: 50-75 lbs per acre
Best time to plant: September through November
Soil Type: this mix will do well in a variety of soils and climates
Planting Rate: 50-75 lbs. per acre
Oats– a good food and energy source for deer, an attractant for hunting season, as well as providing significant livestock forage.
Winter Wheat – A good winter forage for colder months, and an effective deer attractant with the same growing season as oats but with more cold tolerance.
Cereal Rye – Has excellent cold tolerance, and the ability to withstand harsh soils and cold conditions. Also used as a cover crop and for nematode control in gardens and fields.
Triticale – A cross between wheat and cereal rye, this plant combines the positive characteristics of both plants including cold hardiness, while offering better disease resistance and greater biomass production.
Purpletop Turnips – Fast emerging easily established plant, high in digestibility and crude protein. The bulbous roots and leafy tops are relished by deer and exotics, and the bulbs help alleviate soil compaction.
Daikon Radish – Daikon radishes break up compacted subsoil with tap roots reaching 30” or more. Radishes emerge quickly and are very drought hardy. They are a prolific forage and cover crop.
Hubam Clover – An excellent high protein browse from late winter through early summer. Hubam is a white-blossomed sweet clover used for wildlife, grazing and soil improvement. The deep tap roots can help alleviate soil compaction, and plants fix nitrogen in the soil.
Crimson Clover – Red blossomed annual clover that is the most widely adapted clover species grown in the southern U.S. Crimson Clover has showy blooms and provides good forage for deer and livestock.
Arrowleaf Clover – Late maturing annual clover that will grow through the spring with proper conditions. It is highly palatable to deer and livestock and will regularly reseed itself. Also a good nitrogen fixer.
For more information:
Food Plots for Deer in Central Texas by USDA NRCS
Food Plots for White-tailed Deer in the Cross Timbers Region by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Food Plots for White-tailed Deer by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute