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Pollinator plants and deer
Posted: 21 September 2015 01:13 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I just found out that I will not be able to plant my corn/bean food plots next year because the land will be considered a pollinator area. So here is my question: What kind of pollinator plants could I plant to feed/attract deer?

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Posted: 21 September 2015 02:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Never heard of that before.  I don’t know if clover counts, but that would be my number one choice.  I know when I plant buckwheat on my duck grounds, there is a farmer that brings his hives down before it blooms, says it makes great honey - Doubt if the deer get into the buckwheat though.

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Posted: 22 September 2015 07:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Never heard of a pollinator area.  Is that new or some kind of special program?

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Posted: 22 September 2015 07:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Andy Meador - 22 September 2015 07:11 AM

Never heard of a pollinator area.  Is that new or some kind of special program?

Id go with clover….

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Posted: 22 September 2015 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I don’t believe it is a really new program but since bees do not pollinate corn or beans those do not count. I have clover plots already so not sure if I want more of that. I included a website below that sort of tells about it.

http://plants.usda.gov/pollinators/Using_2014_Farm_Bill_Programs_for_Pollinator_Conservation.pdf

I like programs because it helps my dad pay for the taxes since we do not harvest anything and make money. We have worked the land specifically for wildlife, dirt bikes, and just enjoying the land and what it has to offer. The Govt. just makes it difficult because they are one way or nothing, so its hard to manage for all wildlife when there are so many restrictions. We want land that is great for all wildlife but they do not have a program for that.

Any other ideas from anyone please let me know…. Thanks

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Posted: 22 September 2015 05:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have heard of deer eating sunflowers when they are green, but they would not provide any benefit for hunting in the fall. You could dove hunt over them though! I think they would qualify as a pollinator.

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Posted: 22 September 2015 05:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks Deer451, we grow sunflowers anyway… my parents like to look at them. Our deer don’t touch them however.

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Posted: 22 September 2015 09:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Makes sense now that you say the state is involved

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Posted: 23 September 2015 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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pollinators are a practice offered under CRP.  In exchange for an annual rental payment for 10 acres, the participant agrees to establish pollinator habitat.  This is for the bees, butterflies that are declining in numbers. 

ATV usage destroys the habitat that is under contract so would be a contract violation.  Many acres are being enrolled keeping us busy with planning these acres.

the state of Illinois is not involved.  Just Farm Service Agency, NRCS , and the local Soil & Water Conservation Districts.

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