Sugar Beets have recently become a popular new addition to food plots for deer. Sugar beets are a good “addition” to your food plot not a single source food plot. Remember deer are browsers and naturally enjoy variety in the wild and a food plot should provide variety. In the fall food plot add sugar beets to your greens mixture and in the summer food plot add sugar beets to the spring summer planting. Sugar beets have been commercially grown for sugar production for many, many years but only recently been used as an addition to food plots.
Sugar beets grow well mixed in with many other food plot selections. Sugar beets provide a lot of energy to deer in the fall (sugar beets are 25 to 30 percent fructose or sugar). The energy is converted to fat stores in the body of the deer.
Seed Rate: 10 - 15 lbs. per acre; 5 lbs if mixing with other seeds with a seed depth of 1/4 - 1/2 inch and planting time from Spring to Fall and a pH level of 5 - 6.5
Planting: Sugar beets may be planted anytime as long as the nighttime soil temperature is 60 degrees or above.