Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Shortgrass: Brood-rearing Cover

$94.00 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 shortgrass prairie region, features 29 forb and legume species to provide green, leafy overhead canopy cover while attracting insect-prey for broods. Broadleaf plants make up 66% 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 33% (7.453 PLS/ft2)
Blue Grama, Bad River Prairie Junegrass
Canada Wildrye Sand Bluestem, Champ
Little Bluestem, Cimarron Sideoats Grama, Butte
WILDFLOWERS 66% (14.768 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa Plains Sunflower
Annual Sunflower Prairie Aster
Black-eyed Susan Prairie Spiderwort
Blanketflower (Indian Blanket) Purple Prairie Clover
Blue Flax Red Clover
Canada Milkvetch Rocky Mountain Bee Plant
Common Evening Primrose Showy Partridgepea
Common Milkweed Stiff Goldenrod
Cudweed Sagewort Stiff Sunflower
False Boneset Sweetclover (yellow)
False Sunflower Upright Coneflower
Hoary Vervain Western Wild Rose
Maximilian Sunflower Western Yarrow
Mexican Hat Wild Bergamot
Missouri Goldenrod  
TOTAL: 22.221 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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