Corn is a Valuable Wildlife Food

According to a Native American legend, corn was the food of the gods that created the earth. In core samples of the lake sediment beneath Mexico City, scientists found fossilized pollen grains of corn believed to be more than 80,000 years old.

Most people today associate corn with Native Americans who introduced the crop to the early settlers. The plant that was so important to the survival of those early colonists is still vital to our survival today. Beyond that, it is also an extremely valuable food source for a multitude of wildlife species.

Planting tips

Corn, as a wildlife food source, is most often available to animals as a waste product of normal agricultural harvest. But, today's highly efficient farming methods often leave little corn on the ground.

"An alternative, which is highly beneficial to wildlife species, is to leave a few rows standing that will offer a prime winter food source," said Dr. James Earl Kennamer, NWTF Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs. "A second method is to plant a portion of wildlife openings with corn as a supplemental food source to other planted wildlife food species."

How to order

Seed corn is available through the National Wild Turkey Federation's Conservation Seed Program. For more information about the Conservation Seed Program, call (800) THE-NWTF.


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