BioLogic’s WhistleBack was designed by wildlife managers to be planted on the edge of your deer plots or in strips during the spring/summer in an effort to help struggling wild quail populations. Many other bird species will benefit from this planting such as wild turkeys, pheasants, doves and even waterfowl. This planting’s sole purpose is about creating diversity on your property and helping wildlife. Today’s modern farming practices and the way we manage for whitetail deer, oftentimes leaves the wild birds with little to feed on. Research shows they do respond to habitat improvements, especially spring and summer plantings that are utilized in the fall and winter. 10 pounds plants a 1/4 acre or a strip 30 feet wide by 300 feet long.
HOW TO PLANT: WhistleBack can be planted with mechanical grain drills, but also can be broadcasted by handseeder or ATV over a well prepared seedbed and covered with 1/4 inch of topsoil. The key to WhistleBack’s utilization success is to plant it in strips, along the edge of roads, fields and other openings, next to ponds or close to areas of cover.
WHEN TO PLANT: Ideally plant late spring and early summer. The plants in WhistleBack are designed to grow and mature by the end of the summer. The seeds will shatter and naturally distribute on the ground, being consumed by birds in the fall and winter.
FERTILIZER: We highly recommend a comprehensive soil test (www.plantbiologic.com and click on BioLogic Soil Test). Fertilize and lime according to soil test results. In the absence of a soil test, with a neutral pH, fertilize with 350 lbs. of 13-13-13.
Supported Species --Whitetail Deer, Wild Turkey, Waterfowl, Upland Birds
Northern Zone --Spring
Transitional Zone --Spring, Summer
Southern Zone --Spring, Summer
Coverage --40 lbs. per acre.
Planting Depth --1/4 inch
Amount of Sunlight --Full sun
Soil pH-- 5.8 to 7.0
Fertilizer --150 lbs of 10-10-10 per acre.
Primary Usage --Expect utilization by birds in the fall and winter.
Soil Type-- Will grow in all soil types pending adequate soil moisture is available