Planting Recommendations and Management for Imperial Edge
Follow all instructions below when planting Imperial Whitetail Edge. See our planting guide DVD for further details and instructions. Be sure to stay within the planting dates for your state (see planting chart). If you have questions regarding the following instructions, please contact the Whitetail Institute at (800) 688-3030 ext. 2 before proceeding.
For Best Results
1. Select an area moderately well drained to medium/heavy soil. Stay away from moist low land. Edge also grows well on hilltops and hillsides that drain.
2. Soil test to determine fertilizer and lime requirements. Be sure the pH of the soil is between 6.5 and 7.5. Proper pH is a very important part of soil preparation. If no soil test is available, apply a minimum of 2 tons of lime and 400 pounds of 19-19-19 or equivalent fertilizer per acre. A heavy application of lime will maintain a neutral soil (7.0 pH) for several years. (Buy your lime in bulk, not in bags. Lime is very inexpensive when bought in bulk.)
3. Disk ground thoroughly to prepare a good seed bed. If weedy or new ground, disk again in 3-5 days. Edge must be planted on a well prepared seed bed.
4. Prepare a good, firm seed bed. For best results use a cultipacker or heavy roller to smooth and firm the seed bed. If no cultipacker is available, use a weighted drag to smooth and firm the seed bed (see DVD for details).
5. With a smooth firm seed bed prepared, broadcast 26 lbs. of seed per acre.
6. After broadcasting seed, use a cultipacker to roll over the field. This presses seed into the ground and helps insure better seed-to-soil contact and good germination. Do not cover seed more than 1/8-inch. DO NOT DISK SEED INTO GROUND. NOTICE: Again, we recommend use of a cultipacker.)
7. Remember, Imperial Whitetail Edge is a high-quality forage seed. Proper planting effort, favorable soil, weather conditions and good timing can contribute to the success of your planting, and the ultimate impact on the quality of your deer and wildlife.
8. After planting, place a small wire basket over a portion of Imperial Edge so wildlife can’t graze that area. Watch the difference inside and outside the exclusion cage.
9. Do not plant during hot, dry weather.
(These management instructions are not required, but are strongly recommended for maximum performance and longevity of your Imperial Whitetail Edge food plots)
A. Depending on your deer and wildlife population and/or how much you plant, you may choose to mow Edge with a bush hog to clip the plot to about 6 inches. Mow your Edge in the spring and summer months when Edge reach about 10-12 inches tall. This will produce new tender, lush growth from the Edge. Mow everything down to about 6 inches high. Do not mow when it is hot and dry. Mowing will help promote new growth and keep unwanted weeds from seeding.
B. Once Imperial Whitetail Edge is established, fertilize once or twice a year using a 19-19-19 or similar fertilizer at the rate of 300 lbs. per acre. Spring and early fall are the best seasons to fertilize. Apply fertilizer when plants are dry.
C. Soil test every two to three years to ensure proper pH and fertility. You may need to add more lime every few years.
D. Arrest and Slay herbicides can be used for weed/grass control. Call the Whitetail Institute for specific herbicide recommendations for your area.
We have a 110-acre farm, and we have been planting Imperial Whitetail Clover and Alfa-Rack Plus for the last four years. We’ve been using Winter-Greens for the last two years on twoacre food plots. We used to see around 15 deer (does, bucks and fawns) in the food plots, small bucks and does. In the last four years we have seen 15 bucks in the food plots. In the last three years we have shot a 142-inch buck and an eight-point that scored 154. Last year on my Kentucky farm I shot a 13-point with my bow that scored 164. This year on the same farm I killed my biggest buck ever, a 14-point that scored 181. My buddy shot a 12-point that scored 152. See photos enclosed.
I planted Extreme last fall and this spring it exploded out of the ground with patches over my knees (I’m 6’3”). At the lowest it was over my ankles. I bush hogged it in May to stimulate some new growth and set up a camera. With a little studying I knew these photos were of the same deer and he’s by far the best buck I’ve seen on our 185-acre farm in more than 20 years. I could only hope to get a shot at him this year. On Friday, Nov. 5, at approximately 8 a.m. I harvested this deer on his way from that plot to a bed. He’ll score roughly 140 inches and is the biggest buck I’ve ever shot. I didn’t expect these kinds of results for several years. This makes me extremely optimistic for the impact this plot will have on the future generations of deer. The amazing thing to me was being able to look at this deer throughout the year and monitor his antler growth. Even better was seeing a buck of this magnitude for the first time in more than 20 years, and even more amazing than that was to be able to take a deer that I felt like I knew. Extreme sure did the trick! Thank you, Whitetail Institute for giving me the tools to make this happen!
I saw this deer for the first time three years ago. He showed up the first week of bow season and as the season continued he became a regular. It was almost every evening he would come out and feed in the Imperial Whitetail Clover I had planted. I thought to myself, well he is just a good 2-1/2-year-old deer and I was looking forward to maybe having a chance to see him next year.
The next October came and he showed up on camera in my Imperial Whitetail Clover plot where I saw him so much the year before and man did he grow. I had several opportunities at him but let him go because he was a 3 year old. It was tough because he was a 140 inch buck. Last season started to get close and I couldn’t wait. On Aug. 25 my dad and I decided to go to the farm early that morning and see if we saw any bucks and I must say our mouths dropped. The deer I’d been watching for two years was standing in the Imperial Whitetail Clover and all I can say is he turned into a giant! I made my mind up that all I wanted to do was bow hunt this deer. On Nov. 27 I saw him for the fist time while I was hunting. He came out about 4:30 p.m. to feed and I couldn’t get a shot at him. I have tons of pics of him in this field feeding but I was getting most of them at night, but I knew if I hunted that stand with the west wind that I needed that I would have a really good chance to kill this deer. Dec. 13 came and my brother and I decided to go. It was 4:45 p.m. when I looked up and saw my deer feeding right to me I knew this would be my chance. He offered me a 40-yard shot and I took it, when I saw the arrow go through him I knew I just killed my giant. He grew into a 157-inch deer. He is a main frame 8 with a few kickers off his G2. There is no doubt that Whitetail Institute products were a factor on not just the score of the deer but also keeping this deer on our farm away from neighbors’ farms. My dad and I have planted nothing but Whitetail Institute products on our farm over the last 10 years and have seen a tremendous improvement of whitetail growth. Whitetail Institute products are truly amazing products. I recommend to anybody that wants to see more deer and see bigger deer they should really give Whitetail Institute products a try.
I watched this buck all summer feeding in my Alfa-Rack Plus food plot. I nicked him 10 days earlier shooting a shotgun off hand from my treestand with rifled slugs at 120 yards. This 11- point buck gave me another chance at redemption. I had prayed for another chance to get this gorgeous buck and the Good Lord answered my prayers. The rack is awesome with a 20-1/2-inch inside spread and nine-inch G3’s and very heavy bases and he scores around 155 inches. The Alfa-Rack Plus food plot, was a big part of his size because no one in my area has agricultural products growing. I called him the Creature Buck all summer, as I filmed him a few times in the food plot. In fact, I actually, had 10 bucks at the same time feeding this summer in my food plot and you might say that blew my mind as I was filming them. By the way, I only own about 16 acres of land with about four acres open and with my house on that part. Needless to say, I was eagerly looking forward to the start of hunting season to pursue the Creature Buck.
J. Scott Sumners shot the 13- point trophy (B&C 168) with a 9- point frame and four sticker points when it appeared in a food plot thirty minutes prior to sundown late in the January gun season. A doe with the buck remained in transition cover while the tending buck jumped into the field. At first glance the buck didn’t appear to be a shooter until turning his rack to reveal 11-inch G3s, plus a 10-inch right brow tine. The deer was taken at about 75 yards with a circa 1960 Marlin .30/30 lever action rifle. The creek stand is ideally located between a sanctuary to the east and a food plot 75 yards to the west. We call it the “salad bowl” because Imperial Whitetail Clover and Winter-Greens grow so lush there. Over the past three seasons this same stand has produced this buck and two 10 pointers.