Some plot plantings become less
attractive with cold weather and hard frosts. Others may not lose their allure
but, when buried in snow, they require more effort than the deer are willing to
expend, especially if there are alternative food sources that require less
The Whitetail Institute’s late-season
food plot product, Winter-Greens, is the answer to these winter problems. A
brassica blend, Winter-Greens is designed specifically to attract deer in late
Winter-Greens is the most effective
late-season food plot product you can plant.
Brassicas by nature actually sweeten with a
hard frost. To be precise, the first hard frost triggers plant maturity, which
in turn results in a sweeter taste. It’s like a banana. When it’s still green, a
banana is not very tasty. Once mature or ripe however, a yellow banana is very
tasty. The brassicas in Winter-Greens are palatable to deer right away, and they
get even tastier after a hard frost. So, while other food plots are becoming
less appealing, or are getting eaten down, Winter-Greens is getting better. And
don’t think the deer don’t know it!
Winter-Greens, because it does so well in the snow and
cold and because it is so readily available to the deer, will give your deer a
better start on their antlers. Of course, this applies to the health of your
Frequently Asked Questions about Winter-Greens:
Q: What led to the development of Winter-Greens?
A: The Whitetail Institute has more experience researching brassicas on wild
whitetail deer in North America than anyone. The Whitetail Institute has been
researching and providing brassicas to hunters and managers since 1993, long
before anyone else was even in the food plot market. All this research led to
the development of Winter-Greens.
Q: Why is Winter-Greens better than other brassica products on the market?
A: Winter-Greens is far more attractive than other brassica blends on the
market. Independent cafeteria-style testing done all across the country has
proved that Winter-Greens is preferred by deer 4 to 1 over other brassica
Q: What makes Winter-Greens more attractive than other brassica products?
A: The secret to the unequaled attractiveness of Winter-Greens is that the main
brassica varieties used in the blend have a genetic background of highly
palatable vegetable-type brassicas. Because they are brassicas, the plants in
Winter-Greens produce tons upon tons of high quality food, and because these
particular brassicas have a vegetable genetic background,Winter-Greens is
ultra-sweet, resulting in a food plot that is far more attractive than the
ordinary, straight-forage brassicas.
Q: Is Winter-Greens being promoted as a high-protein antler building food
A: No, by far the highest usage of brassicas is in the winter months and as we
all know deer in North America don’t grow antlers in the winter. But,
Winter-Greens is an excellent winter food source to help keep deer more healthy
through the winter.
Q: When will deer start using a Winter-Greens food plot?
A: Heaviest usage of Winter-Greens typically occurs after the first hard frost.
However, Winter-Greens is incredibly attractive, and studies have shown that in
some instances deer have started using Winter-Greens even before the first
frost. As the temperature gets colder the usage increases.
Q: Why does the heaviest usage of Winter-Greens often occur after the first
A: Studies have shown that in many cases, deer will start using Winter-Greens
before the first hard frost. However, heaviest usage often occurs after the
first hard frost because frost causes the plants in Winter-Green to convert
starches to sugars, which further “sweetens” Winter-Greens.
Q: When should I plant Winter-Greens?
A: Planting dates are available on the Winter-Greens bag and at
www.whitetailinstitute.com or by calling 1-800-688-3030.
Q: In what type of soil should I plant Winter-Greens?
A: Winter-Greens performs best in soils that are well-drained but almost all
soils will grow a good stand of Winter-Greens.
Q: To plant 50 days before first frost I may have to plant in July. Will
Winter-Greens still grow in a period when it is typically hot and dry?
A: Though excessive drought can harm Wintergreens, it is extremely drought
tolerant and will almost always withstand the heat and dry weather of the summer
Q: What type of soil pH does Wintergreens require?
A: Winter-Greens performs best when planted in a 7.0 pH, but good production
should be expected in a pH as low as 6.0.
Q: What type of fertilizer is required for Winter-Greens?
A: The recommended fertilizer usage for Winter-Greens is 400 lbs./acre of
20-20-20 or equivalent fertilizer. However, a soil test is recommended to show
the exact fertilizer blend and lime required for optimal results.