This is where I screwed up. We all get amped up for deer season in the late summer, and sometimes we’re too eager to break ground on a new food plot. But clovers are cool-season plants, and they spend their first weeks of life developing a taproot that will eventually run 5 to 8 feet deep into the ground. At this stage, clover is vulnerable. A “fall” planting when it’s still 100 degrees and dry is asking for failure. At best, the seed will lay dormant for better conditions. At worst, it’ll catch an early rain, sprout, and then get scorched in the heat. That’s what my plot did, clearing the way for those weeds to make good use of my expensive fertilizer. Wait for the weather to moderate, with a steady chance of rain in the forecast.