MDC offers food plot workshop Aug. 28 in Alton

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ALTON, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the University of Missouri Extension-Oregon County will host a food plot workshop, Friday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. The free workshop will be held at the FEMA building located on the Alton school campus.

"Now is the perfect time to plan and implement a wildlife food plot," said Marcus Asher, an MDC private land conservationist. "There's a lot of interest in improving wildlife habitat and using food plots to attract wildlife and this workshop will focus on how to do that."

Asher will present information at the workshop about the basic seasonal nutrition needs of white-tail deer and how this relates to food plot utilization and native plant use. Other topics include the importance of making sure soil has adequate pH and fertilization and what species of plants have proven beneficial in both fall and summer food plots. Habitat management techniques to improve native forage and cover for deer survival will also be discussed.

Asher added there will be refreshments and door prizes at the event. Preregistration is required by contacting the Oregon County Extension office at (417) 778-7490.

More information on how to improve land for white-tailed deer can be found at