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Top Utility Tractor Attachments for Creating a Food Plot

Top Utility Tractor Attachments for Creating a Food Plot

28 Jun 2023 Author: Brad Eldred Read time: 4 min

There’s nothing like the thrill of the hunt — especially when the wildlife is eating well on your food plot. 

A food plot is an area set aside and planted to supplement food sources for wildlife. While the equipment needed to plant and maintain food plots differs depending on size, the majority of these tools have one thing in common: they all use a compact utility tractor (CUT). 

CUTs are invaluable tools when it comes to maintaining food plots. A compact utility tractor can effortlessly clear land, till the soil and remove unwanted vegetation. Their versatility and power make them an ideal choice for the various chores involved in food plot management. 

But a CUT alone isn’t enough to get the job done. It’s the attachments that change the game — and we’ve rounded up a few that every compact tractor owner should have to ensure their food plot is ready for open season. 

Disc Harrows and Tillers 

The quality of a food plot depends on the condition of the land it's planted on. If you want the soil to be ready for success, consider using a disc harrow or a tiller. These tools are used to break up the top layer of the soil before planting, but they have different benefits. 

A disc harrow is great for deeper soil. It can cover a wider area compared to a tiller and can dig up multiple rows at once. On the other hand, a tiller is used for working on a shallower part of the ground and doesn't cover as much width as a disc harrow. Tillers are handy for more precise tasks. 

Whether you need to prepare deep soil or require precision in shallower areas, a disc harrow or tiller can significantly enhance the quality and productivity of your food plot. 


After you’re done with any disking or other tillage, the seedbed should be ready to go, right? 

Well, not always.  

The seedbed should be firm and level to allow the seed to be dispersed evenly across the soil. One of the best tools for this is a cultipacker.  

A cultipacker breaks up dirt clods and levels and firms up the seedbed. It also leaves grooves in the soil that will help retain moisture and prevent erosion. 

The cultipacker can help to incorporate fertilizers or lime into the soil, improving nutrient availability for the growing plants. By using a cultipacker, individuals can enhance seedbed quality and promote uniform growth, all while maximizing the potential of their food plot for a bountiful harvest. 

Seeders and Planters 

Seeder and planter attachments offer many advantages, saving owners time and effort by efficiently distributing seeds over a large area much quicker than hand planting. The attachments work to place seeds into the soil at an equal distance from one another to ensure even coverage during growing season.  

Seeders and planters come in an array of sizes and designs. Not only should their size and function type be considered to match your tractor but the size of the food plot as well. 


When it comes to healthy, thriving food plots, weeds and other vegetation are the enemy. Incorporating a sprayer into your routine can offer numerous advantages to clean up the land and ensure anything growing there is what you want. 

A sprayer allows for efficient and precise application of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers, targeting specific areas and minimizing waste. This targeted approach ensures effective weed and pest control while reducing the risk of damage to desirable plants. Proper hydration and nutrients are essential to a thriving crop. Sprayers help water, nutrients and other products to be spread evenly across the food plot.  

Bringing a sprayer into your food plot maintenance routine can streamline operations, enhance plant health and ultimately increase success. 


A 3-point attachable plow helps prepare the soil by turning it over and breaking up compacted layers, enhancing aeration and promoting better root development, improving nutrient absorption and overall plant health. Plowing also assists in weed control by uprooting existing weeds, reducing competition for resources and minimizing weed growth. 

Additionally, plowing aids in the incorporation of organic matter, such as compost or cover crops, into the soil — enriching it with essential nutrients and enhancing its fertility. By using a plow, individuals can optimize their food plot's productivity and create an environment conducive to robust and thriving plant growth. 

Creating and maintaining a food plot requires the right equipment and attachments. While the CUT serves as the backbone of food plot management — effortlessly clearing land, tilling soil and removing unwanted vegetation — the attachments are what truly elevate the performance. By harnessing the power of a CUT and its attachments, you can maximize your food plot’s potential and create a thrilling, and fruitful, hunting experience. 

Brad Eldred

Brad Eldred is an account manager for RDO Equipment Co. store in Hawley, MN. Brad has 10 years of experience with RDO. His favorite part of working at RDO is working with customers to find the exact equipment they need. In his off-time, Brad enjoys the outdoors and is a big snowmobiling enthusiast.

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