Imperial Whitetail WINTER PEAS PLUS Peas and much more!

 It’s no secret that winter peas can be highly attractive to deer. Different winter-pea food plot products, though, vary widely in how attractive to deer they are, and how long they can last in a highly attractive condition. Imperial Whitetail Winter Peas Plus is specifically designed to be as attractive as the Whitetail Institute can make it, and to last from fall into winter.

Winter Pea Components

“A pea is a pea?” Actually, no — not when you’re talking about performance as a food plot planting. Some winter pea varieties are simply more attractive to deer than others. Winter Peas Plus contains two winter pea varieties that are exceptionally attractive to deer because they are rich in sugar. Both varieties are also high-protein and cold tolerant. In side-by-side cafeteria tests across North America, these two varieties consistently proved themselves many times more attractive to deer than any other varieties the Whitetail Institute tested. As highly attractive as these two pea varieties are, though, the Whitetail Institute still wasn’t satisfied. You may have noticed that many Whitetail Institute food plot products are blends of different plant varieties. The main reason is that it’s rare for one type of forage plant to provide optimum performance in all the categories for which the Whitetail Institute tests. That’s why the Institute painstakingly selected other plant varieties to boost attraction and longevity even further, and then combined them in optimum ratios as shown by the testing. This exhaustive research and testing to develop food plot products that perform up to the Whitetail Institute’s relentless expectations is one reason Whitetail Institute food plot products continue to dominate the market. As I mentioned, the pea varieties in Winter Peas Plus are extremely attractive to deer, drawing deer to them as soon as they sprout out of the ground. As such, they can suffer from early overbrowsing when planted alone. The Whitetail Institute added the “Plus” components to act as a nurse crop for the peas to help reduce the likelihood of overbrowsing and add even more early and late-season attraction.

The “Plus” Components

In addition to the pea varieties, Winter Peas Plus contains three other forages components: Whitetail Oats, WINA 210K Kale and WINA 412 Radish. All three are proprietary Whitetail Institute forages, and they can only be found in Whitetail Institute products. They’re included to provide several functions, all of which serve to maximize the attraction and longevity of the stand. Whitetail Oats are included to increase fall attraction even further and to act as a cover crop for the peas. Whitetail Oats establish very quickly and, like the pea varieties in Winter Peas Plus, they’re cold tolerant and have proven themselves extremely attractive to deer due to their high sugar content. WINA 210K Kale and WINA 412 Radish act as nurse crops to help protect the peas from early overbrowsing, and they also provide additional forage for deer later into the cold months of the year. Each “Plus Component” has been carefully selected, and combined in optimum ratios with the other forages in Winter Peas Plus, to maximize the initial and long-lasting performance of the stand as a deer forage.

“Judging A Book by its Cover”

How much of Winter Peas Plus is actually winter peas? More than 80 percent. We’ve all heard the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Generally, that’s a caution to avoid evaluating any product by its packaging, and instead, looking deeper — beyond the pretty label — to see what you’re really buying. Nowhere is it truer than with fall/winter “pea” products for deer. Believe it or not, there are some food plot products on the market that say they’re “winter pea” products even though they contain less than 10 percent peas. And to make matters even worse, some make up the difference with lower-quality forage components that don’t add much to the plot in the way of attraction. The good news for consumers is that that federal law requires that all food plot seed products carry an ingredient tag on the package. That allows you to check before you buy to make sure the product really is what its name implies. Finally, there’s one more trustworthy factor you can take into account in making your buying decision: Winter Peas Plus bears the Whitetail Institute’s name. The Whitetail Institute has been providing folks with industry-leading forage products for over a quarter century and relies on repeat business – putting maximum effort into research, development and testing to make sure that every Whitetail Institute forage product is the very best the Whitetail Institute can make so that customers get the results they expect. That includes using only those forage components that outperform all others tested by the Whitetail Institute in a wide range of categories. That’s true of all Whitetail Institute products, including Winter Peas Plus. It’s the overriding focus of everything the Whitetail Institute does. Winter Peas Plus is available in 11-pound bags that plant ¼ acre. If you’d like more information about new Winter Peas Plus, call the Whitetail Institute’s in-house consultants at (800) 688-3030.