Once you’ve selected from one of the above groups, you can begin to narrow down your choices further based on site conditions. Certain seed blends (see note below on blends) do better under certain conditions. Some grow better in moist soils, others on predominantly dry sites. Some are more tolerant to broad fluctuations in soil moisture. Similarly, some species like sunlight while others prefer shade. Slope and aspect should also be factored in.
Some species require more up-front work. Crops like corn and soy beans require a lot of care and maintenance, and are better suited to locations you can access with large equipment. Other less demanding species, especially fall hunting blends can go in more remote places you can only access by ATV. Save your no-till blends for the “walk-in only” spots.
Once you decide on the general class of seed blend that’s best suited to your site, it’s time to consult the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most reputable wildlife seed companies have detailed descriptions of and recommended applications for their blends. Two important points here. One: it’s best to use a seed that has been specifically designed for wildlife. You may be able to save a few bucks buying livestock blends at the local co-op. But they’re designed for livestock, not deer, and are less palatable to deer. Two: with little exception, it’s usually better to use a blend rather than a single species. Conditions such as temperature and moisture can vary considerably from one month to the next and from year to year. With a mix, at least some species will survive regardless of conditions.