Pheasants Forever Nebraska

Tallgrass: 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 tallgrass prairie region, features shorter grasses that allow the 33 forb and legume species to stand out. 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% (7.316 PLS/ft2)
Blue Grama, Bad River Prairie Junegrass
Little Bluestem, Aldous Sideoats Grama, Butte
WILDFLOWERS 66% (14.586 PLS/ft2)
Alfalfa Illinois Bundleflower
Alsike Clover Mexican Hat
Aromatic Aster New England Aster
Black-eyed Susan Pitcher Sage
Blanketflower (Indian Blanket) Purple Coneflower
Butterfly Milkweed Purple Prairie Clover
Canada Milkvetch Rough Gayfeather
Clasping Coneflower Shell-leaf Penstemon
Common Evening Primrose Showy Partridgepea
Common Milkweed Showy-wand Goldenrod
Crimson Clover Stiff Goldenrod
Cudweed Sagewort Thickspike Gayfeather
Dotted Gayfeather Upright Coneflower
Golden Alexander Western Yarrow
Grayhead Coneflower White Prairie Clover
Heath Aster Wild Bergamot
Hoary Vervain
TOTAL: 21.902 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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