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Superior Sunn Hemp Formula Boosts Benefits of Popular PowerPlant

By Whitetail Institute Staff

Have you ever wondered why the Whitetail Institute only offers one annual food plot product specifically designed to deliver massive amounts of protein for deer during spring and summer? The reason is simple: No competing spring/summer annual food plot product we’ve tested can match the tonnage of palatable, high-protein forage that PowerPlant provides. The Whitetail Institute’s Research and Development Department is always working on new products and finding ways to make existing products even better. In this article, we’ll look at why PowerPlant is already the top performer in annual food plot products designed for spring and summer protein delivery, as well as how the Whitetail Institute has raised the bar even further.

Whitetail Institute Superior Sunn Hemp Formula Boosts Benefits of Popular PowerPlant By Whitetail Institute Staff Have you ever wondered why the Whitetail Institute only offers one annual

Sunn hemp for deer

Thinking about trying to plant a few acres of sun hemp this year as a summer time forage and soil builder and wanted to get everyone’s opinion on it. We will also seed in buckwheat to accompany the hemp. Anyone have any success with this particular plant? How did the deer like/use it? We are planting in southern Alabama in a more sandy type soil.

Maybe nutritionist will see this thread. I’ve been wondering about sun hemp too.

When ya burn it off in the fall, you all hunt down wind, dem deer are darn right really easy to stalk, but try not to inhale.

I have planted it for two years in central AL.It is easy to grow,but I have been disappointed in the level of deer use,but I have friends who say their deer heavily graze it.

I loveeeeeeee sunn hemp. I use it on large crop farms as a cover crop behind winter wheat. It fixated 100 units of nitrogen and gets 6 feet tall in a relatively short period of time. The deer love it and even if they eat it to the ground, it will regrow, unlike many forages that have much longer recovery times.

I sell it, i have it in an interesting experimental mix that is available only to my field staff and program members. It reminds me a lot of a weed that deer always hit for 7-10 days a year.

I also use it to “redirect deer” and for temporary screening.

i sell it in 50’s, 4.5 lb bags or in custom mixes

loveeeeeeeeeee it for many reasons

ok new one on me. What IS “Sun Hemp”? Is it a true Hemp (cannabis) ?

If you can get some scouting info from the pilots of the black helicopters it may be helpful as well.

sunn hemp dies once the frost hits it and is broken down fast. The deer typically won’t let it mature to produce seed heads in areas with decent deer numbers. If it reseeds, so what? It’s really good nutrition. It can be filled with the usual herbicides if need be.

I tried Sunn Hemp this year in a mix with Sorghum, Peas and Buckwheat. It is amazing stuff and definitely fast growing, the two pictures below were taken just a little over a week apart.I have not been able to grow it in small plots due to over browsing but this field is 3 ac with 3 ac of Soybeans next to it so browse was not a problem.

So much for posting two pics. The above is the latter pic this is the first.

Obviuosly I am new to posting here

lol Brad I was thinking I see zero growth between those 2 pictures

Here is mine a couple weeks ago. It is another foot higher today and ill add some new pics when i load them. i cant even reach it anymore. It fixates 100 units of nitrogen in 2 months and can be a great temporary cover. I will add a mix of sunn hemp, buckwheat and sorghum to the lineup for next year.

Here is mine a couple weeks ago. It is another foot higher today and ill add some new pics when i load them. i cant even reach it anymore. It fixates 100 units of nitrogen in 2 months and can be a great temporary cover. I will add a mix of sunn hemp, buckwheat and sorghum to the lineup for next year.

So how does it do as a weed suppressor? We have pigweed really bad in one field and this stuff might be the ticket to chock it out.

Nutritionist, have you actually seen that level of N fixation per soil tests? The goal planting this field wasto grow corn next year without additional fertilizer if possible.Weed suppression was also a goal since one of the reasons I put this field into crops were problems with Cogon Grass( the debil for southern pine farmers) and Nut Grass which attracted hogs.Actually this field is a part of 6 acres that I started doing summer crops on this year and would ultimately like to get in a rotation with no or little chemical fertilizer.When did you plant your Sunn Hemp and what area are you in? Mine went in 6 weeks ago in SE Alabama.

“sunn hemp dies once the frost hits it and is broken down fast”

My experience has been that if you let it grow above 4 feet you end up with a tough fibrous stalk that will clog a disk. The first year we had it this was a nightmare. We have solved the problem by cutting it a couple of times during the growing season.

What is the pls timg depth for sun hemp? Can u work the ground up just a bit on top and broadcast it before a rain? How big is the seed? We have some areas in our couple acre sanctuary that we have a bunch of pines planted and hinge cut maples that we hope will help create thickness to encourage bedding. But the pines have awhile until they will get thicker, and a few weaving strips of this stuff in areas that get a some sun might create something interesting. If it breaks down quickly after the first frost, may not create cover into Winter, but worth looking at if it can be planted in areas where its tough to get equipment and its tough to get anything else going.

I agree with loprofile on clipping it shorter but I let mine grow tall this year for educational purposes.

My fast gro mix for 2017 that will be available to program members has sunnhemp, buckwheat and sorghum in it. It is designed as a warm season weed “smother crop” with an added bonus to fixate nitrogen and build up soil organic matter. People should clip it at 6-8 weeks and til it into the ground, setting yourself up to plant your fall food plots.

You plant this mix to create a screen that contains more than the traditional sorghum (egyptian wheat).

I’m not sure how much nitrogen is fixated, i just go by what i’m told. But here is my take on it. Mother nature dictates how much nitrogen is fixated. For example berseem clover is the king of nitrogen fixaters and the longer it is in the ground and the more vigorous it is growing, the more nitrogen is fixated.

i’d doesnt do well on top of the ground or planted shallow. I’d want it 1/2 deep. If you don’t have a drill i’d broadcast seed it, use a spring tooth/harrow/disc and get that seed 1/2″ deep then roll it.

Here is a trick i am using again this fall. I have sunn hemp planted with four galore and fall draw. This gives the deer the sunn hemp and soybean blend to pound early fall and the annual clovers and brassicas there after.

Got an update on mine. Quail are loving it and my buddy saw a fawn run into it on his ride around.

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