New Zealand Maximum is one of our most popular cultivars, and for good reason. When it comes to yield, attractiveness and nutritional value, Maximum is the absolute best annual forage available to hunters and land managers. Made of 100% New Zealand brassicas, the plant species in this blend mature at different rates to ensure highly palatable forage for the entire life of the plot, particularly after the first frost, when sugars flow from the roots to the leaves. Maximum was originally developed by the New Zealand venison industry to promote rapid weight gain, optimum deer health and massive antler growth. Producing anywhere from 10-15 tons of forage production per acre.
How to Plant: Maximum is best planted by spreading the seed on a well-prepared seedbed at nine (9) pounds per acre, then using a cultipacker to cover. Broadcasting the seed just prior to a rain also produces an excellent stand — the rain serves to bury the seed the appropriate depth (1/4 inch) and ensures adequate soil moisture for germination. Disking is not a recommended method of covering the seed — this would bury the seed too deep.
When to Plant: Maximum is very hardy and will germinate in drier conditions than other common fall food plot crops. However, some soil moisture is necessary, and is more critical than soil temperature. Ideally, plant Maximum at least 30 days before the first frost date, in any of the planting zones.
Supported Species Whitetail Deer
Northern Zone Spring, Late Summer
Transitional Zone Late Summer
Southern Zone Late Summer, Fall
Coverage 9 lbs. per acre
Planting Depth 1/4 inch or less
Amount of Sunlight 6 hours or more
Soil pH 5.8 to 7.0
Fertilizer 400 lbs 13-13-13
Nutritional Value Averages 36% Crude Protien and over 80%TDN. this mix is as good as it gets for whitetail.
Primary Usage Palatability increases as the plants mature. Best late season through the winter. However, may be consumed as fast as it grows.
Soil Type Will grow in all soil types pending adequate soil moisture is available.