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Posted: 16 March 2012 11:04 AM   [ Ignore ]
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This weekend I will be laying out a couple food plots and hopefully start disking, spraying, disking or whatever in prep for seed.  I am curious what everyone else has planned for your spring plots.

Also, my areas are thick long grass that is mostly laid down from winter.  I don’t think I will be able to burn, so what should I do to prep those areas?  Do I just mow it up as much as possible and then disk it and spray or spray first then disk?

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Posted: 16 March 2012 11:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I usually mow it down then make sure there is some green growth before I spray, then till it in a couple weeks later.  Not sure if this is best, but seems to work good.  The deer just didn’t hit the beans very hard this year so I will till in the leftovers and let them sprout and till again before I replant those plots - this way I’ll kill off all the volunteer beans as I think they retain their round up ready status.

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Posted: 16 March 2012 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Matt, It sounds like our ground is covered in the same stuff, and I was curious also about either burning or mowing and tilling.  So BIGPOND, thanks for the advice!  I think we will be planting 1/2 clover mix and then 1/2 sunflowers for the birds.

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Posted: 16 March 2012 11:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I would still try to burn it…When it is laying you actually get a better burn off than loose standing…How big of areas?..Is it safe to get a controlled burn?..

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Posted: 16 March 2012 12:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I will put in some winter wheat and turnips later in the summer.

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Posted: 16 March 2012 03:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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I have a total of about 18 acres thats tillable but the only thing growing in it is tall praire grass and juvinille cedar trees. I would love to convert some of it to food plots but heard it can be pricey and u need to know someone who can disc your ground and what not….i have the land and the energy and can spare SOME money to do it but need some direction/help. anybody out there?

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Posted: 16 March 2012 03:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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BucknBass84 - 16 March 2012 03:46 PM

I have a total of about 18 acres thats tillable but the only thing growing in it is tall praire grass and juvinille cedar trees. I would love to convert some of it to food plots but heard it can be pricey and u need to know someone who can disc your ground and what not….i have the land and the energy and can spare SOME money to do it but need some direction/help. anybody out there?

You can always get ahold of you local Pheasants Forever, Whitetail Unlimited, or other style groups that have equipment and operators…They are always willing to help for a small donation to there club…

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Posted: 16 March 2012 03:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Well thats not a bad idea….I wonder how exactly that works….you pay for the seed and they come out and till it up for you for a small donation or is there a min donation..

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Posted: 16 March 2012 04:14 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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They know the rules as well as anyone…Some even have seed to donate or sale for cheap…

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Posted: 16 March 2012 08:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I have decided to take a exsisting grain plot and convert it to whitetale clover. Going to work it up a few times this summer and then when weeds and grass green up ill spray it with round up. I will also apply the needed lime at this time I will then plant the clover seed this fall and hope for some rain. I talked to another fellow hunter and he says he has better luck with clover in fall plantings. Not so much weed competition. I did that with another area and it germinated but with lack of rain it was very weak looking. Come next spring it exploded and i just controlled what little weeds and grass that came up over the summer. It was a deer magnet last fall and i killed my biggest buck to date in it. I have had pheasents forever come out and drill some food plots for me also. They have also helped me with some prarie grass plots in the past also. I had to supply the tractor and they rented the drill to me and provided some free seed also

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Posted: 22 March 2012 06:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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BucknBass84 - 16 March 2012 03:46 PM

I have a total of about 18 acres thats tillable but the only thing growing in it is tall praire grass and juvinille cedar trees. I would love to convert some of it to food plots but heard it can be pricey and u need to know someone who can disc your ground and what not….i have the land and the energy and can spare SOME money to do it but need some direction/help. anybody out there?

where you located at?  I have all my equipement down in schuyler county if your anywhere near there.

If the grass is still brown, just mow, then disc… no sense in wasting the herbicide.  of course if its green, mow, spray disc, etc..

I just mowed mine down 2 weeks ago, went out this past monday, and disced the heck out of it.  gonna do it one more time to really make sure its all gone in another week or so.  I will then plant my rr corn, eagle bean, milo mix.  I plant these in a like a half wagon wheel pattern, then do clover and brassicas in between the strips of c/bm.  this creates nice shooting lanes from my tree stand, and allows me to sneak into my stand using the higher corn for concealment.

heres some pics how i did it 2 years ago.



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Posted: 22 March 2012 06:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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8ball, welcome to the forum and thanks for the offer.  This plot is in Knox county.

That plot looks great.

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