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Old 03-26-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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I plan on planting some lab lab mix, anyone ever planted this before?
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:38 PM   #2
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Yup, just planted 2 crops of Tecomate lablab with peas. It's starting to come up nicely. We did a trial run in a pot in our backyard and its overflowing.

I have our's taped off with a biologic string that keeps the deer out until it gets up a little bit. Having trouble uploading the pictures...

Here we go, this is my smaller plot and this was 2 weeks after planting and all that heavy rain we just recently had. I bet its growing like crazy right now. I'll get more pictures of my bigger plot and the stuff we still have growing in the back yard later.

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Yup, just planted 2 crops of Tecomate lablab with peas. It's starting to come up nicely. We did a trial run in a pot in our backyard and its overflowing.

I have our's taped off with a biologic string that keeps the deer out until it gets up a little bit. Having trouble uploading the pictures...

Here we go, this is my smaller plot and this was 2 weeks after planting and all that heavy rain we just recently had. I bet its growing like crazy right now. I'll get more pictures of my bigger plot and the stuff we still have growing in the back yard later.
I think im going to plant that, post up those pics if you can.
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I'll post some pics tonight of some lab lab that I planted a few years ago. It will do better if you plant a little milo in it so it has something to climb on.
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OK, post all the pics you have
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I can single handedly make it stop raining within a 100 mile radius for 6 months.....just by planting a food plot.
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Old 03-26-2012, 03:06 PM   #7
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I can single handedly make it stop raining within a 100 mile radius for 6 months.....just by planting a food plot.
We're the opposite, planted those 2 crops/plots and got 6+" in the next few days. I can't wait to see how well it's doing.

The tecomate lablab plus comes with milo in it i believe, however that lab lab has gotten a huge start on the milo and dwarfs any that are growing so far.

I did tecomate pea plus last year that had milo also and it came up great even in that drought (planted around may/june) and the one day it rained good was the day after i planted it. However last year i didn't fence it with that repellant string from biologic and they tore up my peas. We plant with fertilizer and then lightly cover with a drag we made out of chain link fencing. Seeing if i can find a picture of the tecomate pea plus plot i did last year.... thinking about doing a mixture of both next year.

Here's the peas/milo 3 weeks after planting last year:


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Looks great to me.
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Old 03-26-2012, 05:00 PM   #9
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Here's the test batch of tecomate lab lab we planted, its like maybe almost 2 weeks?

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Looks like I'm gonna try that. Where did y'all buy the seed. Only place I can find is online.
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Old 03-27-2012, 05:07 PM   #11
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Turner Seed Co - Breckenridge, TX
Internet, email, or phone. Have it delivered.

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Old 03-29-2012, 07:33 AM   #12
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Turner Seed is Great in Fact they have the A & M rio verde Lablab and last year it was 2.50 a lb. which is a very good price. The thing about labalb is it seems amoust like Oats in that it will grow almost anywhere and is very forgiving to us non-farmers/experts. Good luck

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:52 AM   #13
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I put in my order the other day for
20 lbs spring deer mix
20 lbs spring quail/turkey mix
20 lbs lablab

Still $2.50 per lb.
I'm with you on that. Lablab is easy to grow for us weekend warriers.
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Old 03-29-2012, 09:39 PM   #14
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Sorry it took me so long but I had to get them off of my disc. I had the milo planted a little thick but you can see what happens to this stuff when you get a little rain.
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Yup, just planted 2 crops of Tecomate lablab with peas. It's starting to come up nicely. We did a trial run in a pot in our backyard and its overflowing.

I have our's taped off with a biologic string that keeps the deer out until it gets up a little bit. Having trouble uploading the pictures...

Here we go, this is my smaller plot and this was 2 weeks after planting and all that heavy rain we just recently had. I bet its growing like crazy right now. I'll get more pictures of my bigger plot and the stuff we still have growing in the back yard later.
Has the biologic string kept them out?
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What is the prep work like for planting lablab?
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Old 03-30-2012, 12:33 PM   #17
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Sorry it took me so long but I had to get them off of my disc. I had the milo planted a little thick but you can see what happens to this stuff when you get a little rain.
Wow! That's a good looking plot!
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Old 03-30-2012, 03:06 PM   #18
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Macoop~
Deer will be poking their head through that fence to get a bite of that! NICE PLOT!
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Old 03-31-2012, 07:17 PM   #19
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I had them walking the fence before I opened it up to them. I have it high fenced so I control when they get in and they don't kill it before it takes off. I'm going to try some soybeans in there this year.
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Looks good Macoop. How many acres you planting this year?

I'm doing soybeans, cowpeas, I/C peas, BWI spring mix, and lab lab. I was gonna plant this weekend but the creek is too high to cross to get in to plant.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:29 AM   #21
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I'm going to try and plant about 3 acres this year. Looks like you will have your hands full with everything you are planting.
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Has the biologic string kept them out?
So far yes, no tracks inside but tracks on the outside around it, but the spray only lasts for about a month at a time before you have to re apply it.

Here's the link to the plot protector i use:
http://www.plantbiologic.com/p-240-plot-protector.aspx

but you get like 3 applications worth (for the whole roll of string) or a little more out of a bottle of the concentrate. The string is like a braided banding strap.
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Looks like I'm gonna try that. Where did y'all buy the seed. Only place I can find is online.
I bought mine from here:

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=811257

Caught it on sale for 23$ for a 20lb bag, looking at it right now, looks like it is around 31-34$ but every now and then it drops into the 20's.

Better price still than the mentioned place/s above =)
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Sorry it took me so long but I had to get them off of my disc. I had the milo planted a little thick but you can see what happens to this stuff when you get a little rain.
I hope mine looks as good as yours havn't been back to check on it lately. Hoping to get out there again soon! Did you toss fertilizer with your seed?
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:22 AM   #25
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I hope mine looks as good as yours havn't been back to check on it lately. Hoping to get out there again soon! Did you toss fertilizer with your seed?
I fertilized before I planted and it seemed to work out pretty good. I ran a disc, broadcasted the fertilizer, and drug it with a harrow. I came back a week later and broadcasted the seed and lightly covered the seed with a harrow. Then it exploded after a rain.
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Looks like I'm gonna try that. Where did y'all buy the seed. Only place I can find is online.
I bought mine from here:

http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=811257

Caught it on sale for 23$ for a 20lb bag, looking at it right now, looks like it is around 31-34$ but every now and then it drops into the 20's.

Better price still than the mentioned place/s above =)

Fyi...it looks like the Tecomate lab lab plus comes in either 11lb or 22lb bags. I bought 22lb bag this for $52 at producers co-op on Bryan.
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Planting this weekend.
Will post pics Friday.
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Bought the Lablab on cabelas for 53.00 shipping free!
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Bought the Lablab on cabelas for 53.00 shipping free!
There you go!!! That's a good deal!
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Planted it this past weekend. It rained a lilttle after I planted so hopefully it will do good!
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Who fertilizes and what ratios?
Have not done soil test...yet.
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planted some lalab plus 3 yrs ago and it did awesome! planted field corn in with it, lab-lab climbed 6 ft high. deer started hitting it hard in last of July.
put out lime at 500 #/acre prior to planting. Fertilized with low nitrogen fertilizer at 400#/acre (0-20-20 ?)
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planted some lalab plus 3 yrs ago and it did awesome! planted field corn in with it, lab-lab climbed 6 ft high. deer started hitting it hard in last of July.
put out lime at 500 #/acre prior to planting. Fertilized with low nitrogen fertilizer at 400#/acre (0-20-20 ?)
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:13 AM   #34
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Do a soil test. Tell them what you are going to plant and they will tell you what kind and how much fertilizer you need to apply. It's so cheap it's better than guessing. Mine was about 15 bucks.
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a buffet for deer. Very nice food plot.
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I got mine planted today. LabLab mix with soybeans and sorghum.
Inoculate the seeds and the legumes will fixe its own Nitrogen. Soil test is must to make sure your pH is within range.

I put out 200lbs/acre of 10-24-16 today.
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Pics of the mix.

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[quote=Jakecrews;5144152]Pictures ?[/QUOTE





no pics unfortunately,but it did get about 6' tall!
also, hogs love the milo in that blend!
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Here is a food plot we planted last season, forgot what it is but its about 6 ft tall. You can see the tip of the feeder it's probably a 10ft feeder.
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[quote=unclefish;5147244]I got mine planted today. LabLab mix with soybeans and sorghum.
Inoculate the seeds and the legumes will fixe its own Nitrogen. Soil test is must to make sure your pH is within range.

I put out 200lbs/acre of 10-24-16 today.[/QUOTE
I planted also now all we need is some rain!!
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Ive been trying to get ready to plant all week. Its been really wet around here til this week. Ill post up some pictures when I get planted and it starts growing. Mine will be soybeans, lab lab, burgundy beans, and a little milo scattered in. Then around the edge it will be forage sorghum for a screen.
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Ive been trying to get ready to plant all week. Its been really wet around here til this week. Ill post up some pictures when I get planted and it starts growing. Mine will be soybeans, lab lab, burgundy beans, and a little milo scattered in. Then around the edge it will be forage sorghum for a screen.
That sounds pretty much like what I planted. Did you mix it yourself or buy a mix?

I planted Sudan Sorghum (haygrazer) around mine as a screen as well.
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No mix. Ill take and broadcast fertilizer, then a little grain sorghum and let that get a little rain. Then Ill take and pull my yetter 71 flex four row planter through it with lab lab in a couple hoppers soybeans in one then burgundy beans in another. I may change it up in a couple of sections of the plot to get more soybeans in. But with the weatherman talking drought again at least 50% will be lab lab. Ill also plant the sorghum sudangrass (maxi gain) as a border around the plot and some strips through it so the deer will feel more secure during daylight. Planting this screen or cover around the plot makes a huge difference in how many deer use the plot during daylight hours. Before I would do this you might see a few deer, now on a good day it will be over 20. Total plot size about 10 acres. Its hell working dirt for a plot this size around here with the little tractor I have. Its just a 38 hp 4wd kubota. The soil here is Lake Charles clay, it gets hard as concrete with no rain, but if its wet its just super sticky nasty stuff. But it holds what rain you do get very good, its just hell to work.
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Just got it worked as good as I could in the last week. Ive got two passes with a chisel plow, and three with a disk into it already. But it was really wet getting started. I ran my drag through it to level and bust some clods today. I have to work tonight starting four nights, so when I get off again Ill probably plant the sorghum sudangrass, rework the bean areas and spread fertilizer and milo then Ill be ready to plant my beans. Work gets in the way of everything.
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Good day for pictures. My micro plot has really taken off in the past week. Ended up with a mix from the feed store because they were out of milo and cow peas the week we got alot of rain.

My blind is in the red box.
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Good day for pictures. My micro plot has really taken off in the past week. Ended up with a mix from the feed store because they were out of milo and cow peas the week we got alot of rain.

My blind is in the red box.
Looks great! How long ago did you plant? And was fertilizer used?
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I planted March 19 about 3 hours before we got 4.83" of rain.
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Good day for pictures. My micro plot has really taken off in the past week. Ended up with a mix from the feed store because they were out of milo and cow peas the week we got alot of rain.

My blind is in the red box.
Cool! Looks like you've got it going your way for sure.
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Finally got back out there and took a few pics of how mine is doing. One is doing quite a bit better than the other.


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No mix. Ill take and broadcast fertilizer, then a little grain sorghum and let that get a little rain. Then Ill take and pull my yetter 71 flex four row planter through it with lab lab in a couple hoppers soybeans in one then burgundy beans in another. I may change it up in a couple of sections of the plot to get more soybeans in. But with the weatherman talking drought again at least 50% will be lab lab. Ill also plant the sorghum sudangrass (maxi gain) as a border around the plot and some strips through it so the deer will feel more secure during daylight. Planting this screen or cover around the plot makes a huge difference in how many deer use the plot during daylight hours. Before I would do this you might see a few deer, now on a good day it will be over 20. Total plot size about 10 acres. Its hell working dirt for a plot this size around here with the little tractor I have. Its just a 38 hp 4wd kubota. The soil here is Lake Charles clay, it gets hard as concrete with no rain, but if its wet its just super sticky nasty stuff. But it holds what rain you do get very good, its just hell to work.
Sounds like you have some good "quipment" to work with. I plant 2-3 acres with my 40 horse and it takes a good day to prep and plant everything....with 10 acres it would take me a week. But anytime on the tractor is very therapeutic.
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