How to Plant Chufa Seed for Turkey

Overview

Chufa is a grassy looking plant that produces potato-like tubers that look and taste like almonds. Wild animals, including turkeys, will dig the tubers out of the ground for feed. Chufa plants can regenerate for several years as long as all the tubers are not eaten. At least 1 acre of chufa planting is needed to attract wild turkeys. Plant chufa seed in mid-spring as it takes at least 100 days for chufa to produce tubers.

Step 1

Clear the area where the chufa seed will be planted by discing the area with a discing attachment to a tractor. This will chop up the weeds and bring soil to the surface so the chufa seeds can have contact with the soil.

Step 2

Broadcast the chufa seed at the rate of 50 pounds of seed per acre by putting the chufa seed in a bucket and throwing it over the disced soil. Mix one part seed with three parts soil in the bucket before broadcasting to assist in evenly dispersing the seed. Start at one end of the plot and walk back and forth, slightly overlapping where the seed was previously broadcast. Then, walk perpendicular to the original pattern to ensure complete and even coverage.

Step 3

Disc the area again to plant the chufa seed 2 inches into the ground. Do not mow area over the summer to allow the chufa to grow and produce tubers in the fall.

Things You'll Need

  • Tractor with discing attachment
  • Bucket

References

  • Glendale Enterprises: How to Grow Chufa
  • Bowhunting: The Science Behind Growing Chufa
  • Wild Turkey Federation: Keep Turkeys Close
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About this Author

Based in Rockdale Texas, Jim Gober has been writing garden-related articles for 25 years. His articles appear in several Texas newspapers including The Rockdale Reporter, The Lexington Leader, The Cameron Herald and The Hearne Democrat. He is a Master Gardener and Certified Texas Nursery and Landscape Professional. He holds bachelor degrees in English Writing from St. Edward's University and Finance from Lamar University.