Chufas Food Plot Seed (Cyperus esculentus)
Chufas are great for Turkey, Deer and other wildlife. Plant 25-50 lbs. - per acreChufas
are a bunch grass with a peanut like underground nut - used for food
plots of deer, turkey, hogs and wild hogs. This legume is very similar
to peanuts, if you have ever seen hogs rooting peanuts, they go after
chufas the same way. Plant in spring through summer. Wildlife digs up
the chufas once they mature.
Chufas are perennial sedges that
are one of the most popular foods for wild turkeys. Chufa plants have
underground tubers, which are part of the plant that turkeys eat. One
chufas tuber will produce a plant that can grow to 15-75 tubers when
mature. Turkeys find the tubers by scratching them from just under the
surface of the ground. The tubers are high in protein and fat, which
makes them especially nutritious for wild turkeys. Chufa can also make
an excellent food source for other wildlife including deer and ducks.
Chufa plants grow well in the southern half of the US from Northern
California across to Southern Iowa and even Southern Pennsylvania. Chufa
plants grow in a variety of soil, but perform best on well-drained,
sandy or loamy soils. Clay soils can support chufa. When growing in clay
soils, lightly turn the soil in the fall to expose the tubers. This
practice can be done periodically to extend the food supply into winter
and early spring. Simply plow several strips twice a month until the
entire field has been plowed. Generally, chufa will grow anywhere that
corn can be successfully grown.