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Posted: 30 January 2012 09:21 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Every year I tell myself “I am putting in a food plot this year” and it never happens.  A lot of the reason for it never getting done is time and cost.  Looking for suggestions on 1-2 acres of food plot where someone without much time and funds can put in.

The area I am looking at is a 2 acres thick grass area that is between a creek and a CRP tree field.  The tree field is solid grass and hardwoods.  It hasn’t been mowed in many years and is kinda a sanctuary for deer.  Because of the thick grass, is there really anything I can do or will it have to be plowed/disked up.

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Posted: 30 January 2012 10:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Considering time and $....Go with Evolved Havest throw & grow,,Super easy and it wont break ya….

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Posted: 30 January 2012 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Curious if you are going to hunt over it say near the creek or just have it as a way to keep deer in your area? Do you hunt the brown area at top that says timber?

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Posted: 30 January 2012 10:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Looks like a great set up already, I like the tall grass fields, but if you want food I guess you would have
to at least mow it and burn it off before you could do any food plot, depending on what kind of food, I would think you would want to at least till it up first yr.  Not sure how much grasses use up in nutrients -
may need to fertilize.

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Posted: 30 January 2012 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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It will be hunted.  Currently we hunt all around it.  The crop field on the right is neighbors property, the crop above is ours. 

I like the tall grass also as I have tried mowing this before and the deer tend to avoid the short grass.  I am debating on turning the whole grass area into food plot or break it up into sections.

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Posted: 30 January 2012 10:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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If you have the only tall grass in the area, you may want to consider keeping it. The taller the better as you said. They love the security it brings to an area. Also- the bean/corn fields are already giant food plots. smile

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Posted: 30 January 2012 11:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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There will be plenty of security grass in the tree fields.  Pretty much only a deer can walk thru those fields.  We have two of them.  Another smaller one in the top left of the aerial photo.  In the 2 acre section of grass that is below of the larger tree field, I would like something in there.  Probably not all of it, maybe a 1/2 acre section on east and west end of grass section.

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Posted: 30 January 2012 05:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Matt, I have a ton of beans left over from this past season and I think some corn too.  Want ‘em?  RoundUp Ready.

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Posted: 30 January 2012 05:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I would suggest spraying the grass and killing then tilling it up.  I created a food plot last spring and spent around 600 dollars on an atv disc from farm and home.  It did great after I added some weight to it.  The plot was only around 1/4 acre and I probably spent an hour discing it up.  I planted alfa rack plus, used no fertilizer, and it came up super thick.  The deer love it and it should last around 4 years.  I won’t even need to fertilize it, the deer are doing a fine job of that.  I would suggest to also after discing, to spray again to make sure all weeds and grass are dead and wait a couple more weeks before finally planting, the weeds were terrible in mine and it was no fun hoeing them out.

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Posted: 30 January 2012 07:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I guess being lazy isn’t going to cut it.  I was hoping someone had a magic bean that I could just throw out in the grass and all of the sudden I would have a field full of deer.

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Posted: 31 January 2012 04:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Consider trying 0.5 ac to 1 acre of it into a food plot like soybeans that are Roundup ready.  Yeah I recommend spraying to kill that grass good first.  You could if you can control a fire, burn it off too.  See if you can get free food plot seed from Pheasants Forever and borrow equipment from them like a no till drill and burn equipment.

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Posted: 31 January 2012 05:34 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Matt, Save some $ high fence the place…..2nd….Order some 2 booners and 5-6 does…...from a deer farm…..HAPPY SHOOTING BUDDY:)

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Posted: 31 January 2012 06:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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I think I will work two half acre +/- plots.  I have access to pretty much all the equipment, just half to trailer it there piece by piece.  I am thinking of planting a spring plot in one half and see what happens.  Would love to something for early season and late late season.

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Posted: 31 January 2012 11:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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for late season try wheat, oats, and turnips.

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Posted: 01 February 2012 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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I was thinking something like turnips or beets in one of them for a late season plot.

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Posted: 01 February 2012 09:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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MattS - 01 February 2012 09:06 AM

I was thinking something like turnips or beets in one of them for a late season plot.

Matt - we’ve tinkered around with turnips as a late season option and the deer seem to love them. They stay pretty inconspicuous and untouched for most of the year and then by late Novemember the deer start noticing them.  We have them on a 1/4 acre plot, which is very easy to maintain.

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