Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Panhandle: Brood-rearing Cover

$85.00 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 Nebraska panhandle region, features 27 forb and legume species to provide green, leafy overhead canopy cover while attracting insect-prey for broods. Broadleaf plants make up 55% 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 45% (10.717 PLS/ft2)
Blue Grama, Hachita Prairie Sandreed
Canada Wildrye Sand Bluestem, Champ
Green Needlegrass Sideoats Grama, Butte
Little Bluestem, Cimarron Western Wheatgrass, Arriba
Prairie Junegrass
WILDFLOWERS 55% (13.034 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa Plains Coreopsis
Annual Sunflower Prairie Aster
Black-eyed Susan Purple Prairie Clover
Blanketflower (Indian Blanket) Scarlet Globemallow
Blue Flax Shell-leaf Penstemon
Canada Goldenrod Showy Milkweed
Canada Milkvetch Slender Beardstongue
Common Evening Primrose Stiff Goldenrod
Cudweed Sagewort Stiff Sunflower
Dense Blazing Star Upright Coneflower
Fringed Sagewort Western Yarrow
Heath Aster White Prairie Clover
Hoary Vervain Wild Bergamot
Maximilian Sunflower
TOTAL: 23.751 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, increase vegetative diversity, and set back plant succession.

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