1. POOR SOIL
Most soils will grow plants. And most food plot blends are relatively easy to grow…for a while. But poor soils eventually catch up with you. Everything starts out nice and green but then some unusually wet or dry weather comes along and your plot drops into a soggy or droughty slump. The plants slowly fade and weeds more suited to the soil take over. It's hard to fix excessively wet or dry soils, short of finding deer cultivars that like wet feet, as they call it, or excessively dry conditions. For example, many clovers can occasionally put up with wet feet and can tolerate soils that lean toward the wet side, and chicory, with its super deep tap root, can survive a dry summer on most dry soils. The bottom line? There's no substitute for good soil. They can generally keep you out of trouble in all but the worst conditions. But baring that, selecting plants that can tolerate somewhat extreme conditions is always a step in the right direction.