Plotting Terminology


When planting food plots for deer and wildlife, the below terminology will be helpful in understanding the topic.

Food plot – an area of plants or crops planted specifically for wildlife purpose and habitat improvement

Annual – a plant that has a single year of growth and requires re-seeding to propagate

Perennial – a plant with a multi-year life cycle with no re-seeding

Glyphosate / Roundup – a non-selective herbicide used for managing weeds in many applications of planting food plots

Roundup Ready (RR) – a trait added to certain crops to make them glyphosate resistant

pH – a measurement of the pH of soil, where 7 is neutral, less than 7 is acidic, and greater than 7 is basic

Lime / ag lime – a form of crushed limestone used to increase the soil pH in acidic soil conditions

Brassicas – a family of plants including rapeseed, radish, turnips, and commonly used in planting food plots

Legumes – a family of plants including alfalfa, clover, and soybeans, with nitrogen fixing properties

Burn – a term sometimes used to describe applying glyphosate to a field to kill all vegetation. Also can be used to describe physically burning the vegetation in a field.

N-P-K – a numeric measurement system used to describe the nutrient content in fertilizer, where N is nitrogen, P is phosphorus, and K is potassium.

Urea – a commonly used nitrogen fertilizer

Potash – a commonly used potassium fertilizer

Plotting Equipment Descrptions

QDM – quality deer management

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