Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Sandhills: Brood-rearing Cover

$100.00 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 Sandhills region, features 30 forb and legume species to provide green, leafy overhead canopy cover while attracting insect-prey for broods. Broadleaf plants make up 65% 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 35% (7.575 PLS/ft2)
Canada Wildrye Sand Lovegrass
Little Bluestem, Camper Sideoats Grama, Butte
Prairie Junegrass Western Wheatgrass, Barton
WILDFLOWERS 65% (14.237 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa, Grazer Leadplant
Arkansas Rose Maximilian Sunflower
Black-eyed Susan Prairie Spiderwort
Canada Goldenrod Purple Prairie Clover
Canada Milkvetch Red Clover
Common Evening Primrose Roundhead Lespedeza
Common Milkweed Sensitive Briar
Cudweed Sagewort Shell-leaf Penstemon
Entire-leaved Rosinweed Showy Partridgepea
False Sunflower Silky Prairie Clover
Four-Point Evening Primrose Stiff Goldenrod
Fringed Sagewort Stiff Sunflower
Heath Aster Upright Coneflower
Hoary Vervain Western Yarrow
Illinois Bundleflower White Prairie Clover
TOTAL: 21.812 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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