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Clover in the shade
Posted: 12 July 2012 08:37 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I was wondering if anyone has ever done a fall planting of clover in a somewhat shaded area?  If so successes? failures? suggestions?  Pondering on planting some this fall(if we get rain).  Ideas on planting dates, ,methods, and varieties?

any help would be great!

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Posted: 12 July 2012 12:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I have 5 clover fields, all pretty much get a decent amount of sun, but I hear that clover is very shade tolerant.  I planted 4 fields with imperial white clover and one with a bunch a different mixes.  I got to say the deer hit the white clover pretty good all year round.  I planted both in the spring and fall with the fall being the toughest as I had a couple of fields get burned up with the Sep.
heat.  Last year I planted a field late August, althought the shoots were small, the deer loved those tender shoots, however that
field is completely burned up with this drought, my other mature fields seem to be hanging in ok.  You might want to kill off the weeds a few weeks before planting.  good luck with the weather

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Posted: 21 July 2012 09:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I wouldnt plant much anything with the weather weve had. Most of what I planted in the spring is burned up. These were in areas that had always held moisture. Hopefully the rain will come. I have had some success with clover in some shady areas at the edges of the fields I hunt.

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Posted: 24 July 2012 08:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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When will this heat and drought ever let up?  I am hoping we will get some relief before it gets time to attempt this plot.  If not will have to look into doing it next spring.

thanks for the input guys!

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Posted: 01 September 2012 10:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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A fall planting of clover has been a huge success for me. I like to mix wheat or Oats along with my clover in the fall. It will help keep the weeds down and it also helps hold the moisture. In the spring I will mow the oats or wheat off and you will have flush stand of clover underneath. Mow it to about 6 plus inches and then you wont hurt the clover that is there. Also the freeze and thaw will help get those seeds in the ground.

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Posted: 02 September 2012 02:53 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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i planted 1/2 acres of Imperial Clover last thursday, so the rain should help germinate. My first time with Imperial so hoping its as good as advertised. Ive planted just about everything imaginable in my food plots, and the deer still seem to favor soybean leaves for food and corn for shelter.

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Posted: 19 October 2012 04:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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farmer9 - 02 September 2012 02:53 PM

i planted 1/2 acres of Imperial Clover last thursday, so the rain should help germinate. My first time with Imperial so hoping its as good as advertised. Ive planted just about everything imaginable in my food plots, and the deer still seem to favor soybean leaves for food and corn for shelter.

Hope your plots are doing good.  Just joined this sight but you should be aware location of plots has as much to do with how the plot gets used as what is planted there.

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