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Old 04-21-2017, 04:31 PM   #1
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I will be putting in Spring food plots this weekend and was wondering if it is too late?

Food Plots are about 6 acres total and I will be irrigating them at least once a week.

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Last year I planted late March and had great success until the deer wiped them out so this year we made bigger food plots in hopes to have the cultivars mature.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:35 PM   #2
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:36 PM   #3
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I would plant ASAP. Deer are starting to hit my plots now and they just came up. I was hoping to have a bit more new green forb/browse growth for them to be hitting while the plots established. You have enough variety in the mix that something should carry over into the summer a bit longer. What rate per acre you planting?
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I would plant ASAP. Deer are starting to hit my plots now and they just came up. I was hoping to have a bit more new green forb/browse growth for them to be hitting while the plots established. You have enough variety in the mix that something should carry over into the summer a bit longer. What rate per acre you planting?
As per producers recommendations...

Lab lab = 25 lbs. per acre
Sunn Hemp = 15 lbs. per acre
IC Cowpeas = 35 lbs. an acre
Sorghum = 40 lbs. an acre
Sunflowers = 15 lbs. an acre
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:10 PM   #5
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Lab lab = 25 lbs. per acre
Sunn Hemp = 15 lbs. per acre
IC Cowpeas = 35 lbs. an acre
Sorghum = 40 lbs. an acre
Sunflowers = 15 lbs. an acre
That is extremely heavy on seeding rates. The deer will be stomping or laying over plants just to get to ones they want to eat first. Heck if I were planting the mix, I would use that amount for the whole 6 acres. When I plant cowpeas by themselves I plant 40-50#/acre. Lab Lab alone is 25-30# per acre. Sunn Hemp would be 20-25# per acre alone. Sorghum is grain or haying sorghum? Milo or grain sorghum is seeded at 10#/acre more or less by farmers.
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Old 04-21-2017, 05:27 PM   #6
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Those are the seeding rates but the mixes will contain that minimum amount and it will be for all 6 acres.
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I planted 2 acres of a similar mix last weekend. Need rain on it.
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Old 04-21-2017, 08:01 PM   #8
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This is what I'm actually planting on the 6 acres.

Lab lab = 65 lbs.
Soybeans = 75 lbs.
Sunn Hemp = 30 lbs.
IC Cowpeas = 25 lbs.
Sorghum = 20 lbs.
Sunflowers = 10 lbs.

Should be enough for 6 acres.


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If you keep your cowpeas irrigated they will.last unrilnthe first frost. As soon as it turns dry, they will bloom and die. The deer love those, so 6 acres will be hard to maintain, they will shred it to the stubs.
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Old 04-21-2017, 09:36 PM   #10
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I'd think about 50 pounds of soybeans per ac. would be good if you're just trying to feed deer. You can get skinny rows with that to reduce pressure on sprouts, but still good a decent yield. That'd put you around 130k sprouts an acre if my math is right, it's been a while.

What kind of irrigation do you have on 6ac????
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Old 04-21-2017, 10:28 PM   #11
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I'd think about 50 pounds of soybeans per ac. would be good if you're just trying to feed deer. You can get skinny rows with that to reduce pressure on sprouts, but still good a decent yield. That'd put you around 130k sprouts an acre if my math is right, it's been a while.

What kind of irrigation do you have on 6ac????


500 gallon tank with a water pump mounted on trailer attached to sprinklers.


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Old 04-21-2017, 11:17 PM   #12
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Nothing like clover?
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Old 04-22-2017, 05:09 AM   #13
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Nothing like clover?


That'll be for our fall food plots.

Clover + Chicory


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27,154 gallons per acre equals 1" of water. If you irrigated 6 acres during a hot dry spell with 1" of water the 500 gallon tank needs to be filled about 326 times.
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They love it, but plant it in the fall.
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27,154 gallons per acre equals 1" of water. If you irrigated 6 acres during a hot dry spell with 1" of water the 500 gallon tank needs to be filled about 326 times.
Yep. The idea of irrigating plots gets real dismal when you put actual numbers to it.
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27,154 gallons per acre equals 1" of water. If you irrigated 6 acres during a hot dry spell with 1" of water the 500 gallon tank needs to be filled about 326 times.


There is no way I am filling up the tank 326 times but I believe some moisture is better than no moisture what so ever.


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Old 04-22-2017, 09:23 AM   #18
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There is no way I am filling up the tank 326 times but I believe some moisture is better than no moisture what so ever.


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Your evaporation rates in South Texas will be more than you can overcome with your irrigation rig.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:49 AM   #19
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Your evaporation rates in South Texas will be more than you can overcome with your irrigation rig.
That is true.

There was still plenty of moisture on the ground so I am hoping that it will help seeds germinate until the next rains come.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:26 AM   #20
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Planted Milo and Sunflowers 2 weeks ago. I was able to get out there and check on things yesterday. They are coming up pretty good considering lack of rain.

I had a little moisture when i planted and we were lucky enough to get 1/2" this weekend so hopefully they will continue to thrive.
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I will be putting in Spring food plots this weekend and was wondering if it is too late?

Food Plots are about 6 acres total and I will be irrigating them at least once a week.

I will be broadcast planting...

Lab lab
Sunn Hemp
IC Cowpeas
Sorghum
Sunflowers

Last year I planted late March and had great success until the deer wiped them out so this year we made bigger food plots in hopes to have the cultivars mature.
What % germination rate would you estimate you got with broadcasting? Did you drag or do anything to cover the seed?
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Old 05-06-2017, 01:22 PM   #22
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I've only got about a 25% germination rate about now. Planted 2 weeks ago and have t had rain since.

I broadcasted the seed, dragged using a chain harrow and cultipacked.


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Old 05-09-2017, 08:13 AM   #23
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Planted Milo and Sunflowers 2 weeks ago. I was able to get out there and check on things yesterday. They are coming up pretty good considering lack of rain.

I had a little moisture when i planted and we were lucky enough to get 1/2" this weekend so hopefully they will continue to thrive.

Hoping to get out to our place this week to see how the food plot is looking!!
We haven't received any more rain, but there is a small chance this week.
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Old 05-09-2017, 08:17 AM   #24
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Planted over a month ago. Started out real well, but now voluntary wheat is coming up. Hope it doesn't smother out the new stuff.
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Old 05-09-2017, 01:06 PM   #25
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I planted a small plot March 28th in East Texas and this was its growth in a month. Used East Texas Seed Company's spring plot mix. Deer have been hitting it good around the protein feeder. First time ever doing a food plot.


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I planted a small plot March 28th in East Texas and this was its growth in a month. Used East Texas Seed Company's spring plot mix. Deer have been hitting it good around the protein feeder. First time ever doing a food plot.


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I used that same mix, but I planted on April 14. Mine isn't as far along as yours obviously, but now I can't wait to see what mine looks like in another couple of weeks. Your plot looks really good,
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I used that same mix, but I planted on April 14. Mine isn't as far along as yours obviously, but now I can't wait to see what mine looks like in another couple of weeks. Your plot looks really good,
I limed and fertilized it accordingly. Plus a few good rains

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Old 05-31-2017, 09:29 PM   #28
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Finally got some decent rain and the food plots are coming along.





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Iron clay peas planted April 25th. Pic was from last Saturday. The deer are just starting to eat them.
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I planted a small plot March 28th in East Texas and this was its growth in a month. Used East Texas Seed Company's spring plot mix. Deer have been hitting it good around the protein feeder. First time ever doing a food plot.


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Here's updated pics right at two months after planting. I was standing up in my ranger to get the picture. Some sunflowers already blooming and at 5' tall. Pretty happy with my first attempt at a food plot. You can see how they're keeping it mowed down around the protein feeder. They're even bedding down under the feeder



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Old 06-01-2017, 07:12 AM   #32
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TheWidowMaker and Drycreek, your plots are much further along then ours. They look awesome!


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TheWidowMaker and Drycreek, your plots are much further along then ours. They look awesome!


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Thanks ! I also plant two other places, and they are not as advanced as these plots are. They were planted from two to three weeks later, but I haven't seen them in a week or so, and I imagine the warm, humid weather has them coming along also.
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TheWidowMaker and Drycreek, your plots are much further along then ours. They look awesome!


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Thank you. The only thing I can really attribute it to is the soil test, lime, fertilizer, and a abundance of rain so far. They really go a long way. Another guy that leases where I do didn't lime or fertilize and his stuff may be a 1/3 of mine so far.

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Thank you. The only thing I can really attribute it to is the soil test, lime, fertilizer, and a abundance of rain so far. They really go a long way. Another guy that leases where I do didn't lime or fertilize and his stuff may be a 1/3 of mine so far.

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When do you lime and fertilize your food plots?


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I first disced it up then disced in lime that day. Waited a couple weeks till some rain was in the forecast and lightly disced it again broadcasted seed and fertilizer then made two passes with my homemade drag. Rained the next day and the rest you see in the photos

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I first disced it up then disced in lime that day. Waited a couple weeks till some rain was in the forecast and lightly disced it again broadcasted seed and fertilizer then made two passes with my homemade drag. Rained the next day and the rest you see in the photos

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Thanks for the info WM.
Will be trying your method for my fall food plots.


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Update.
Still looking thin even though it took off after some rain we had about 2 weeks ago.
Hoping for more now that temperatures are hitting 100.





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Definitely need more rain.


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