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Place your Spring Seed Subsidy order now!

The Virginia State Chapter Board of Directors is pleased to offer our members the opportunity to purchase Turkey Gold® Chufa, or Sorghum Cuisine, or S&R Triple Threat Clover Mix at a subsidized price.  The Virginia State Hunting Heritage Super Fund will help pay for the seed and shipping charges.

ALL orders must be placed on the NWTF website here.

Sponsor and Life Members may purchase a total of Two bags of seed:
•    50-pound bags of Turkey Gold® Chufa for just $38.50 each, shipping included
•    15-pound bags of Sorghum Cuisine for just $25.50 each, shipping included.
•    12-pound bags of S&R Triple Threat Clover Mix for just $32.50 each, shipping included

Annual Members may purchase a total of One:
•    50-pound bag of Turkey Gold® chufa for just $38.50 each, shipping included
•    15-pound bag of Sorghum Cuisine for just $25.50 each, shipping included.
•    12-pound bag of  S&R Triple Threat Clover Mix for just $32.50 each, shipping included

***As an additional benefit, each member can purchase additional bags of Turkey Gold® Chufa for just $77.00, or Sorghum Cuisine for just $51.00, or S&R Triple Threat Clover Mix for just $65.00 unsubsidized but at a reduced price, in unlimited quantities.  However, to take advantage of these savings, you must submit the order with this seed subsidy offer.

All orders are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Quantities are limited on subsidized seed due to the dollars allocated to the program.  Chufa may start shipping as early as January and will continue through June.  Perennial Concentrate will ship approximately two weeks from date of order.

Turkey Goldâ Chufa produces small nut-like tubers that turkeys scratch out of the ground.  Once birds find the tubers in the fall, they keep coming back.  A 50-pound box of seed will cover approximately 1 acre.  Select an open area that receives full sunlight.  Sandy or loamy soils are preferred. Prepare the seedbed by plowing and disking.  Have soil tested to determine exact amounts of lime and fertilizer to add.  If you cannot get the soil tested, use 400 pounds of 10-10-10 or 13-13-13 fertilizer and 1,000 pounds of lime per acre.  Soil pH should be between 6.4 – 7.2.  Broadcast, May through mid July, at a rate of 40-50 pounds per acre and plant at a depth of 2 to 3 inches.

Sorghum Cuisine should be planted into well-tilled soil just as you would plant corn or wheat crop.  A wheat drill would be helpful to ensure the seed is drilled about 1 ½ inches into the ground or at least into the moisture.  If drilled, the 15 lbs. will cover two acres.  If you have access to a wheat drill, plug every other hole with duct tape and set the rate at 15 lbs. per acre.  This would effectively get you the rate needed for drilling sorghum.  A wheat drill with packing wheels is better than one with chains but either will work.  If you must broadcast, the bag should cover one acre.  Very lightly disk the field after broadcasting or use a cultipacker if a disk is not available.  Sorghum eats up a lot of fertilizer.  If “average corn crop” is an option to check off on the soil test form, use that option and the recommendations you receive from the test results should be ideal for sorghum.  The mix is a diverse assortment of sorghums and millet designed specifically to provide a high energy food supply through an extended period and resist damage by deer.  This blend is normally planted a couple weeks later than corn and adapted to a variety of soil types.

Triple Threat Clover Mix is a concentrated, pre-inoculated clover mix including Crimson, Patriot and Durana clovers.  This mix will provide high quality food and cover for wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife.  This mix is adapted to most sites and will stay established for several years with proper maintenance.  Prepare the seedbed by disking or harrowing the ground.  Create a smooth seedbed.  Follow the recommendations on amounts of lime and fertilizer.  Broadcast seed over one acre.  Cover seed ¼” deep using a drag or cultipacker to insure good seed to soil contact.  Soil pH should be 6.0 to 7.0.  Normally can be planted early fall or early spring depending on location.

Every bag purchased results in an acre of quality wild turkey brood habitat being established.  This helps the VA State Chapter address a key issue identified in our state strategy of the North American Wild Turkey Management Plan.  Your membership and financial support at our banquets helps make this program possible and allows the chapter to address high priority habitat needs in our state.  THANK YOU!

Sincerely,

Richard Pauley
Virginia State Chapter President
National Wild Turkey Federation


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