Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers "Let'em Eat Cake"

By Hollis Ayres

Looking for a forage that can attract deer in the fall and then have the deer pouring in during the colder months of the year? With Imperial Whitetail Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers, the Whitetail Institute has you covered.

Perennials are considered by many to be the backbone of a food plot system, and Whitetail Institute perennials are designed to attract deer and supplement what nature provides for deer on a year-round basis. If you utilize perennials, Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers can be the “icing on the cake” for deer during fall and winter. And if you don’t plant perennials, Winter- Greens and Tall Tine Tubers can be the whole cake.

The cake analogy isn’t by chance. Nutritionally speaking, deer are primarily concerned with energy during the fall and winter, and Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers provide plenty of carbohydrates. When the weather turns cold, an enzyme in the plants converts starches to sugars — and once that happens, nock an arrow or load your gun because they’re coming.

Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers are similar in many ways. For example, they’re both annual, all-brassica products specifically designed for fall and especially winter. They both become even more attractive as the season progresses. In early fall, deer are trying to store fat reserves for energy during the coming cold months. In most areas, though, fall is a time of decreasing availability of natural food sources, and availability gets even worse the later it is in the year. By the time the cold winter months arrive natural food sources are generally scarce, and what natural food sources remain are often of relatively low palatability. That’s when the energy demands on deer are at their highest — and when Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers are at their sweetest! Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers will draw deer to your property, hold them there, and provide them with nutrient-rich food to help them stay healthier through the cold months of the year.

The main differences between Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers are the types and ratios of brassicas that are the main components in each product. When the Whitetail Institute began to develop Winter-Greens, its goal was to create an all-brassica product with the most attractive foliage from the time it emerged and throughout the life of the forage. To meet that goal, the Institute tested numerous brassica varieties at its research stations across North America and compared deer usage to determine which were the most highly attractive. The varieties for which deer showed the greatest preference were specially selected to be included in Winter-Greens. These “lettuce types” (brassicas with a vegetable genetic base) are quite simply the most attractive forage brassicas the Institute has ever tested.

Like Winter-Greens, the Institute’s new Tall Tine Tuber forage product is highly attractive and purpose-built for deer. In fact, it is the first and only turnip food plot product ever specifically developed for food plots. The Whitetail Institute’s research goals with Tall Tine Tubers were to develop a turnip variety and turnip product that would establish quickly, grow rapidly, produce high tonnage, remain as an available food source even through the dead of winter in most parts of North America, and most importantly attract deer in the fall and winter. The backbone of Tall Tine Tubers is the new variety, Tall Tine Turnip. This new variety took the Whitetail Institute six years to develop. Tall Tine Tubers provides two food sources for deer: highly attractive, carbohydrate-rich foliage for fall and throughout the winter in most parts of North America, and tubers as an additional food source for the coldest months.

Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers have proven to be top performers. They are easy to plant, extremely drought tolerant, produce massive tonnage of high quality food, and no doubt they’re both extremely attractive to deer. The differences in how each performs in different regions of North America can be subtle. For example, Winter-Greens generally sweetens a little earlier in the fall, so it may the better choice for planters in the Deep South, where frosts come a little later in the year. However, some field testers in Alabama have reported that their deer hit Tall Tine Tubers hard in September. Also, Winter-Greens has now been fortified with a small amount of the Tall Tine Turnip variety, so it will also produce the same large, sweet tubers as Tall Tine Tubers, although not in as great a number.

You may wonder why the Whitetail Institute offers both Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers. Why would the Institute go to the huge effort and expense to offer two all-brassica products with such narrow performance differences, instead of just one that would perform pretty well in most areas? The answer to that is the Whitetail Institute’s underlying philosophy and the goal that drives its forage development efforts: performing “well” for “most” customers isn’t good enough for a product to wear the Whitetail Institute name. It must perform the best the Whitetail Institute can make it, for each customer, where that customer lives and hunts.

In fact, that’s something that Winter-Greens and Tall Tine Tubers have in common with every product the Whitetail Institute offers: they are the result of the Whitetail Institute’s exhaustive process of research, development and testing under real-world conditions to ensure that each Whitetail Institute product is the very best the Institute could make it. That’s why field testers’ return and new customers join the Whitetail Institute year after year. It’s a matter of top performance. It’s a matter of trust. Whitetail Institute customers expect the best, and that’s exactly what they will get.

For more information or to order, call the Whitetail Institute’s in-house consultants at (800) 688-3030, extension 2. The consultants are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central Time, Monday through Friday.