39 years of experience in crop and range research plus background in design, statistics, data collection and report writing.
Wildlife food plot and domestic livestock grazing research
Fodder beets have been utilized in Europe for livestock forage for many years. The leaves can be grazed early in the fall and the roots protrude out of the soil and can be grazed during the winter. Varieties differ in the amount of sucrose present in the roots..
Fodder beets and chicory can attract other types of wildlife, wild turkeys will eat some of the foliage but also like to look for insects that may feed on foliage. You can also add a small grain or sorghum to the food plot mixture to provide grain for wildlife
Cattle can attain many health benefits from grazing chicory. Chicory leaves and roots contain inulin which is a carbohydrate that nourishes the healthy flora in the intestines so enhances digestion and helps to eliminate toxins.
Chicory has a long taproot that allows it to grow into the soil for several feet. This allows the plant to continue to grow and provide forage during the summer when other plants with shallow root systems may go dormant
Chicory can make an excellent addition to a livestock forage mixture. Combine several cool season forage grasses, sainfoin and chicory for a great forage mixture
It is always important to have a management plan. Early in the growing season weeds can out compete your food plot crops. Weeds must be controlled if not, you waisted time seed and energy and you will not be pleased with your results.