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Old 10-06-2018, 04:42 PM   #651
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We disked our two fields last week and will be planting tomorrow since we have some good chances of rain coming up. We will broadcast 150lbs of fertilizer per acre (16-20-0) and will seed the following:
75lbs of TAMO 411 oats per acre
75lbs of TAM 114 wheat per acre
3lbs of Silver River Clover per acre (they gave me a bag of Micronoc Seed Inoculant to inoculate the clover seed)

We ended up buying our seed at Justin Seed again because I called Turner Seed to pick everything up and they were all out of oats and wheat. I thought that was very strange that they were completely out. I understand that most people plant in September, but you would think they would continue to have seed through mid October.

We will be planting right around 5 acres total tomorrow. Since we have already disked and drug the fields once we will do the following:
1. Broadcast the fertilizer on top of fields
2. Broadcast Oats & Wheat on top of fields
3. Disk the fertilizer, oats and wheat into soil around 1in deep
4. Hand broadcast silver river clover
5. Use the UTV cultipacker to firm the seedbed and get rid of any air pockets

Here are two pictures of the fields we prepped last weekend.
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Here are some pictures of bucks that show what they've grown into over the past couple of years:
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We are passing on this buck again this year hoping he can get a year or two older.

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This 10pt is probably 6.5yrs and didn't make the jump we thought so we are going to pass him one more year and see what happens.

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This is a cool 5 1/2yr old 8pt that made quite a jump from last year.

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This is a 4 1/2yr old 8pt that we will let walk another couple of years.

These are the two cull bucks we are really after this year:
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Our plan is to shoot another 10 does this year and a couple of these cull bucks this year. We are really hoping our neighbors will start shooting some does because we have seen our deer numbers continue to grow even though we shoot above and beyond the numbers we are supposed to shoot.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:00 PM   #652
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We disked our two fields last week and will be planting tomorrow since we have some good chances of rain coming up. We will broadcast 150lbs of fertilizer per acre (16-20-0) and will seed the following:
75lbs of TAMO 411 oats per acre
75lbs of TAM 114 wheat per acre
3lbs of Silver River Clover per acre (they gave me a bag of Micronoc Seed Inoculant to inoculate the clover seed)

We ended up buying our seed at Justin Seed again because I called Turner Seed to pick everything up and they were all out of oats and wheat. I thought that was very strange that they were completely out. I understand that most people plant in September, but you would think they would continue to have seed through mid October.

We will be planting right around 5 acres total tomorrow. Since we have already disked and drug the fields once we will do the following:
1. Broadcast the fertilizer on top of fields
2. Broadcast Oats & Wheat on top of fields
3. Disk the fertilizer, oats and wheat into soil around 1in deep
4. Hand broadcast silver river clover
5. Use the UTV cultipacker to firm the seedbed and get rid of any air pockets

Here are two pictures of the fields we prepped last weekend.
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Here are some pictures of bucks that show what they've grown into over the past couple of years:
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We are passing on this buck again this year hoping he can get a year or two older.

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This 10pt is probably 6.5yrs and didn't make the jump we thought so we are going to pass him one more year and see what happens.

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This is a cool 5 1/2yr old 8pt that made quite a jump from last year.

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This is a 4 1/2yr old 8pt that we will let walk another couple of years.

These are the two cull bucks we are really after this year:
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Our plan is to shoot another 10 does this year and a couple of these cull bucks this year. We are really hoping our neighbors will start shooting some does because we have seen our deer numbers continue to grow even though we shoot above and beyond the numbers we are supposed to shoot.
Awesome stuff.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:12 AM   #653
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We broadcasted the fertilizer, wheat and oats last night and ran out of time. We were going to disk it into the soil and then cultipack it but we got 2” of rain last night. I’m hoping the rain pounded the seed into the soil and covered it up. It’s way too wet to go out and do anything (i.e. cultipack, disk) at this point and I think we’d be doing more harm than good. My dad is going to go look at the fields and see if we have any seed sitting on top of the dirt but my bet is that hard 2” of rain should have covered the seed fairly good. I really wish we could have at least cultipacked the fields last night but we just didn’t have the time. Next time I’ll be farming at night time if I have to. Oh well...finger crossed that we will be okay.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:17 AM   #654
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I’m glad y’all got a good rain last night. I bet you’ll be happy with the results.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:25 AM   #655
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I’m hoping so. My dad is out there now and said it’s still raining and we have a 100% chance of rain tomorrow and no temps in the 90’s. Fingers crossed it all works out.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:59 AM   #656
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Here are two pictures of the fields after the 2" of rain:
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There is still some seed on top but I'm sure some of it still got covered. We planted at a high seeding rate.
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Old 10-08-2018, 01:10 PM   #657
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HEre is a picture of the San Saba river after we received 2.1in over night and north of us got just over 4in.
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We got the cultipacker put together yesterday but weren't able to use it.
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We weren't able to broadcast the silver river clover out so I'll find a new area for the clover and use the new cultipacker when we are out there on 10/19. Just want to try this thing out and see how it works.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:10 AM   #658
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Looks like you are getting more rain now!
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:54 AM   #659
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It looks like we will get another 2in or so today so around 4in total in two days...Lots of rain! Hopefully the seed is still in place and will do well.

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Old 10-22-2018, 10:36 AM   #660
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We were at the ranch this past weekend to do some bow hunting and some work around the property. The ranch was obviously very wet. We have received nearly 10.5" since planting our fields on 10/7/18. Here are a couple of pictures of the food plots:
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The deer aren't hammering them now just because of how many forbs are available right now due to all of the rain. We hope to see deer in these fields come gun season once a lot of the other forage goes away.
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Old 10-22-2018, 10:38 AM   #661
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Looks good!
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Old 10-22-2018, 11:50 AM   #662
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I’m not sure how to tell the difference between wheat and oats. there’s still a lot that is just starting to sprout. Hopefully it will fill in nicely.
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Old 10-22-2018, 01:27 PM   #663
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The fields are looking excellent!
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Old 10-22-2018, 03:01 PM   #664
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Thanks! It’s amazing how easy it is when you get a lot of rain.
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Old 10-22-2018, 08:23 PM   #665
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Great looking plots.
I think wheat looks a little thicker and darker when young.
Did you put out any test cages? Your fields look much bigger and maybe won’t get hammered by our deer that spend hours in them every day.
Just FYI we poisoned, broadcast seed, fertilized, shredded and culti-packed. Best plots we ever had thanks to that unending rain.

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Old 10-23-2018, 10:53 AM   #666
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great looking plots. Mine don't look as good for just broadcasting. It was too wet to get the drill in there.
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Old 10-24-2018, 08:52 PM   #667
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We got another 1in of rain today. I’m just hoping to see the deer utilize them when it gets colder and there’s less native forage to eat. They haven’t had the need to use the food plots that much due to all of the native forbs and fresh browse.
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Old 10-25-2018, 08:57 AM   #668
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We got another 1in of rain today. Iím just hoping to see the deer utilize them when it gets colder and thereís less native forage to eat. They havenít had the need to use the food plots that much due to all of the native forbs and fresh browse.
They will. Be glad the are leaving it alone now, as it is giving it time to get established.

As suggested, I would install an exclusion cage to see exactly how much they are eating. Might surprise you.
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Old 10-26-2018, 05:57 AM   #669
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We installed an exclusion cage in each field last weekend to get a better idea of how much is being browsed. I see that they are forecasting 80 degree days for Saturday thru Tuesday. Those warm temps should help those fields flourish. Someone will be out there next week and I’ll post more pictures.

We broadcasted some leftover wheat, turnips and silver river clover on a 2 acre field that had a lot of standing water in it. It got another good 1in of rain since broadcasting the seed. I’m curious to see how that seed does in a field that hasn’t been disked since last October.

Should we consider fertilizing the fields in January with a high Nitrogen fertilizer? Just curious about what y’all think. I know both wheat and oats require lots of Nitrogen and I’d like to keep the attractiveness and protein levels as high as possible.

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Old 10-26-2018, 10:24 PM   #670
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I don’t know the right fertilizer for you, but my oats and wheat grow thru the winter and I have top dressed them. Luckily, none goes to grass or weeds. Cameras on your fields after some hard freezes will reassure you why you worked so hard.
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:23 PM   #671
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My dad was at the ranch today and took some pictures of the wheat/oat food plots. He said there were about 15 deer in the 3 acre field and a number of deer in the 1 acre strip. You can tell that it's a little spotty and bunched up due to us not cultipacking it and the seed moving into the furrows after we got a 2.5-inch downpour the night after planting. It's not the prettiest field but the deer don't seem to mind that and I'm sure its producing enough to attract and provide nutrition. You can see how much they are eating with the exclosure cages. The ponds are still overflowing from the wet fall.
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Old 11-15-2018, 04:03 PM   #672
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I wish everyone would put up enclosures. It definitely helps show usage
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Old 11-15-2018, 05:50 PM   #673
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I wish we could make our plots look like those on tv (like a thick green carpet) but I think that’s pretty unrealistic for our neck of the woods. I’m curious to know how much tonnage per acre we are growing. Is there anyway to know how much forage is growing per acre?
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