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Food Plot Advice
Posted: 22 March 2012 05:24 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I’ve recently cleared out a section of timber in an effort to put in a small food plot. As this is my first effort I’m wondering what some of you would recommend to plant? I was originally going to plant just clover but from what I’ve read it’s better to have a variety of food sources. I’m also curious whether or not to use a weed killer to clean up what has already started growing? Any advice would be much appreciated, thanks.

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Posted: 22 March 2012 06:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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What kind of equipment do you own or have access to?

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Posted: 22 March 2012 08:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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how big is the plot?  does it get enough sunlight for anything to grow.  your gonna have to get a soil test before anything…

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Posted: 22 March 2012 08:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’ll be working with a small area about 40 yds by 15. It now gets a good amount of light. I’ve got ferns, grass and may apples taking it over already.

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Posted: 22 March 2012 10:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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With good soil and decent sunlight, you should be able to grow just about anything good enough for deer.  I’ve tried just about everything and what works best for me is alfalfa and beans.  The problem with putting beans on such a small plot is that they’d kill it in short order.  Try something with a lot of tonage.  I believe some of the Biologic stuff out there boasts very high yields.

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Posted: 23 March 2012 09:57 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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For a plot that size I’d go with clover.  It’s too small for most things, alfalfa, soybeans, etc.  I have one plot that size, it’s in an area that gets lots of moisture and clover does well.  If the deer start hitting it hard it will quickly disappear.  You might wait until later and plant winter wheat which will start coming up about the time hunting season arrives.

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Posted: 23 March 2012 12:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Ok cool, should I use any kind of weed killer to eliminate what’s already started to grow?

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Posted: 23 March 2012 12:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I’d cut the weeds down, wait a couple of days (although you don’t have to) and then kill it.  The local coop will have some Roundup look a like that is cheaper than Roundup and probably do as well.  I think Gly4 is what I usually buy. 

Follow the directions on the bottle don’t go light on the mix.

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Posted: 11 April 2012 08:25 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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When do you want to use the food plot,,,,early season, late season?  You could mix a little bit of both for an all season. I know the deer around me like red top turnips when it gets cold,,,,the starch in the turnip turns to sugar after it gets cold. We have had good luck with soybeans and peas mix(winter peas I think is what we have used, will have to check). I would spray some weed killer of some sort before you start. I don’t think you really need a soil test,,,just cost more money and your not doing a huge plot, but you can do a soil test if you want.

BTW when I need answers for a food plot I ask Flatlander aka Matt Cheever on here. He might do a blog on food plots soon or has some info from past blogs. He knows a couple good places to get seed from too.

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Posted: 12 April 2012 08:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Thanks for all the help guys! I got some soybeans, wheat and alfalfa from a guy at work. Probably gonna get some clover and use it mostly. I’ve got a buddy who can put the soy and whatnot to good use. I got the weeds chopped down and I’m turning over the soil…I was going to plant but all of this dry weather and frost advisory business has prompted me to hold off for a bit.

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