Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Mixedgrass: Brood-rearing Cover

$95.00 per acre

Brood-rearing cover provides habitat for pheasant and quail chicks to safely forage for insects at ground-level. This mix, designed for the mixedgrass prairie region, features 39 forb and legume species to provide green, leafy overhead canopy cover while attracting insect-prey for broods. Broadleaf plants make up 67% of the total seeding rate. Research shows that diverse and improved CRP fields offer a good combination of insect-availability and mobility for pheasant and quail broods (Doxon and Carroll 2010).

*Please note that the species composition and price are subject to change depending on availability. Species substitutions may be needed at time of order. Seed mix updated 4/4/2019.

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GRASSES 32% (7.387 PLS/ft2)
Blue Grama, Bad River Prairie Junegrass
Indiangrass, NEB 54 Sideoats Grama, Butte
Little Bluestem, Camper
WILDFLOWERS 67% (15.314 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa, Illinois Bundleflower
Arkansas Rose Lemon Mint
Aromatic Aster Maximilian Sunflower
Baldwin’s Ironweed Mexican Hat
Black-eyed Susan Missouri Goldenrod
Blanketflower (Indian Blanket) Purple Coneflower
Blue Flax Purple Prairie Clover
Canada Goldenrod Red Clover
Canada Milkvetch Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Clasping Coneflower Rough Gayfeather
Common Evening Primrose Roundhead Lespedeza
Common Milkweed Shell-leaf Penstemon
Cudweed Sagewort Showy Partridgepea
Dotted Gayfeather Stiff Goldenrod
Engelmann’s Daisy Stiff Sunflower
False Sunflower Upright Coneflower
Fringed Sagewort Western Yarrow
Grayhead Coneflower White Prairie Clover
Heath Aster Wild Bergamot
Hoary Vervain
TOTAL: 22.701 PLS/ft2

Wildlife Cover Requirements

Cover is critical because pheasants and quail depend on a variety of cover types (nesting, brood-rearing, winter) for population growth and survival. Ideally, a mix of warm-season bunchgrasses (e.g., big bluestem, little bluestem), forbs (broadleaf plants), and legumes (clover, alfalfa) provide nest­ing and brood-rearing cover. Landowners seeking to maintain or increase pheasant and quail populations should ensure that all of the essential habitat needs (food, cover, water, space) are available and easily-accessible in close proximity. To improve brood-rearing habitat, use management strategies that disturb the soil, and increase vegetative diversity, set back plant succession.

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