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This nutritious broadleaf crop is actually in the sunflower family, but looks more like the common weed plantain. Chicory is an herb and develops a rather deep tap-root that prefers loamy, well-drained soils. While chicory was originally used as a coffee substitute, it has now become a dynamic tool in food plots for land managers. The leaves of chicory are highly digestible and carry a protein level of anywhere between 15 and 30 percent. Chicory is quickly becoming a favorite among landowners and hunters due to its ability to tolerate acidic soils, withstand drought, and crowd out potential weed competition. Deer also seem to be quite fond of it.

With enough moisture, chicory food plots can persist for several years and will continue to draw deer to this tasty herb. Maintenance on chicory is minimal. In the summer, as chicory plants begin to sprout flowering stems, mow the stem down to encourage new leaf growth. This periodic mowing is important to discourage the reproductive process of the plants and direct nutrients into forage production rather than stem and flower production. Plots may need to be mowed a couple of times during the summer months to discourage bolting (flowering). Additional nitrogen applied after establishment of the chicory plot will help ensure the maximum production of forage. Under careful management, chicory can produce several tons of digestible forage per year. My experience with chicory is that once the deer discover what it is, they find it highly attractive.

While chicory can be planted as a stand-alone crop, I find it works best when planted in mixes with annual cereal grains and/or a legume like clover. 

Possible Item choices:

Greenseed Chicory #80148

Rackmaster Choice Chicory #51546

Chicory Seed Bulk/ pound #62848 

Planting Date: Spring - February to April : Fall - September to November 

Planting Rate: 2 to 4 lbs per 1000 sq/ft for small area.

Broadcast Rate: 4 to 5 lbs per acre.

Drill Rate: 2 to 3 lbs per acre

Coverage Depth: 1/8" to 1/4" 

Days to maturity: 80 to 100