Light disking of vegetation or dense sod is a great option for landowners who want to improve wildlife feeding and movement on their land. Light disking provides more insects and desirable seed at a much lower cost than planting food plots and is an excellent way to enhance grassland habitat for bobwhite quail and other wildlife.
This technique involves disking strips through a field on a three-year cycle.
The disked areas will produce succulent forbs and legumes, which attract insects and produce abundant seed. The adjacent undisked areas will provide nesting and roosting cover.
This cycle develops adjacent strips of vegetation of three different ages.
Light disking enhances habitat quality by releasing sod-bound grasses, reducing residue, creating bare ground, increasing insect populations, and stimulating growth of desirable seed-producing plants.