I have huge problems with soil quality. It's an old strip mine. There is some good soil and mostly crap. The food plots are not nice neat plots, they are where the decent dirt is. I got a chainsaw this winter so I can clear more of the brush that is sitting on top of decent soil.
I do plan on planting some trees. I made the mistake of planting a few apple trees the other year without protecting them. The deer ate them from the top down and the rabbits ate them from the bottom up. I learned my lesson, at least they were clearance trees at Home Depot that cost me almost nothing.
I expect that I will be hunting this same area 20 years from now, so I am definitely thinking long term as well as short term.
I have some areas that the deer use as a bedding area in the summer and fall, but seem to abandon in the winter. I don't hunt this area and I'm not going to clear any of it for food plots, but I think I can improve this cover over time without screwing things up for me in October and November. It's possible that they just leave the area because there is no winter food for them, but it seems to open up a lot by the time the leaves are off of all the brush.
Thanks for all the advice.