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Old 03-17-2017, 02:43 PM   #1
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I'm getting started on my spring/summer plots during this good weather. Tuesday I mowed my wheat since the deer have stopped using it and some of it was heading out. I try to turn it under each spring to benefit the soil and **** the hogs off. Wednesday I started discing it under, and as some of you know, this can be a process. Wheat has a pretty good root system and can be hard to disc up if the soil is too wet or too dry. Fortunately for me, mine was about right. Thursday, I disced and dragged my acre and a half plot in the creek bottom which was borderline on being too wet, but I made it. In my spare time,, I sprayed my clover plots with Butyrac 200 for weeds, and Clethodim for grasses. The next few days should be warm enough to encourage growth, and the plants will suck up the herbicide....I hope ! I've never sprayed this early before, so it's gonna be educational.
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Old 03-17-2017, 03:00 PM   #5
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Old 03-17-2017, 04:50 PM   #6
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Looks really good. Nice work. What I would do to have our soil look like that.
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:03 PM   #7
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Looking good. The work will pay off for you.
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Old 03-17-2017, 05:15 PM   #8
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Whatcha gonna plant?
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How many passes with the disc and drag?


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Old 03-17-2017, 07:14 PM   #10
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how big of a disc? is it a 3 pt job or pull behind?
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Iron clay peas is my go-to spring crop. Easy to grow, cheaper than soybeans, and high in protein. IMO, the only advantage beans have is the actual bean pods, but I always plant wheat in the fall.
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Double disced twice, the last plot three times as it's creek bottom and heavy, damp soil. Made one double pass with the drag. Just a tire drag, but it does a good job.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:37 PM   #13
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how big of a disc? is it a 3 pt job or pull behind?
Six foot Land Pride heavy duty disc. Best disc I've ever owned.
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Old 03-17-2017, 07:39 PM   #14
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And this is the best money I've ever spent on food plots. Makes hooking up to implements a breeze !
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:01 PM   #15
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And this is the best money I've ever spent on food plots. Makes hooking up to implements a breeze !
I've got the quick attach, just not impressed with my disc...

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Wow! Looks great!
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:36 PM   #17
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Old 03-17-2017, 08:50 PM   #18
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Iron clay peas is my go-to spring crop. Easy to grow, cheaper than soybeans, and high in protein. IMO, the only advantage beans have is the actual bean pods, but I always plant wheat in the fall.
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Six foot Land Pride heavy duty disc. Best disc I've ever owned.


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Old 04-06-2017, 09:31 PM   #21
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Finally got some lime today ! After last Sunday's storms, I wasn't sure how wet it was gonna be in Trinity Co., but it must have rained so hard and fast that most of it ran off. I moved my tractor down yesterday and made a couple test passes with my disc and it wasn't too wet to plow, so I had the lime set up for this morning. Four-thirty came early !
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The plot above and below is about three quarters of an acre and took a ton and a half of lime.
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This plot is about two acres and got the rest of the five tons of lime. This is the finish pass with the disc.
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This is the finish pass with my homemade tire drag. About $40 total and an hour to build. In about three weeks to a month, I will plant iron/clay peas in both these plots. I think it's still a little cool to plant now. Some have already planted, but I'm waiting until the ground warms a little more. My buddy and myself will sit up on these plots with night vision for two nights following the planting to persuade the swine that peas are not good for optimal health. That, and I hate hogs !
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Beautiful stuff! What's the history with the land on the "non-pine" side of the plot? Logged a few years back?

I wish I could plow as straight as you
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Old 04-07-2017, 08:13 AM   #26
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Thanks ! This is Brushy Creek, a large property cut into several different lease parcels. The whole property is in various stages of pine plantation with hardwood creek bottoms interspersed throughout. The lease on the left is roughly to our South. There is actually a high fence on two sides of the corner I hunt, but it's not truly a high fenced lease since there are open gates. I'm not familiar with all the leases, some may be completely high fenced.

The plot in the last picture is a spring/summer plot only, as it is normally downwind of where I hunt. Last year was the first time it was planted in anything. If you look closely, you can see the high fence on the left, and there's a dirt road just across it that accesses other leases. By the middle of September last year, the peas were gone except for the large part of the vines. If they are still viable by the middle of September, I'll just mow them down. Iron/clay peas can be as high as 30% in protein, way cheaper than feeding protein, and half of that feeding coons.

About the first of September, the small plot will be planted in a wheat/rye mix. I get lots of deer traffic in that plot !

As to the straight discing, this is the easiest soil I've ever worked. Very seldom do I have to do more than double disc it once with an angle in my disc gangs, then straighten them, and make one finishing pass. Double drag once, and ready to plant ! I may have to spray with gly before planting in three weeks or so, but gly or not, I'll just scratch the top, broadcast my fertilizer and peas, drag it down and I'm done. Which is a good thing, because I'm over two hours from home. I like growing food plots, but I could do without all the pulling a tractor around. I plant four different locations, at home, two in Rusk Co., and this one. I'm pretty busy at plotting time. It all pays off in the freezer !
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Old 04-07-2017, 08:37 AM   #27
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Awesome, nice work!
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Old 04-07-2017, 02:33 PM   #28
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Very nice work and property! Any pics of what was taken off it last year?
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Old 04-07-2017, 03:31 PM   #29
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Very nice work and property! Any pics of what was taken off it last year?
I have two with people in them that I don't have permission to post. Maybe I can duplicate them and color the faces out. In the meantime, I'll show you one I passed.......three times.
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This is one I had hoped to see. Big bodied mature deer, with not much headgear. I would have put him in the freezer after double tenderizing those steaks

Remember, the drought of 2011 hurt our five/six year old buck population because lots of fawns didn't make it. If we don't get a handle on hogs and coyotes we'll continue to see low recriutment. I don't get as many pics of fawns as I did a few years ago.
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Old 04-07-2017, 04:38 PM   #31
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If you're having a hard time turning wheat under them I've got a tractor you can borrow, but I don't thing your disc will cover the tracks.


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Sorry, you can't get between my trees ! ^^^^^^^
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Finally decided it was warm enough to plant peas. Two plots planted today, one about a third acre, the other about a half acre. Timber cutters are in now, so another plot can't be planted for spring, but the deer density on this place is low, so I have high hopes that they won't eat them up before they take off. They didn't last year, but we're seeing a few more deer now that I'm planting plots in spring and fall.
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This is why I need a front loader on my tractor Seems like my backhoe is always somewhere else when I need it !
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This was in my drag when I unhooked from it.
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Sprayed 50 gallons of gly mix today on three different plots at my Mt. Enterprise property. These are the same plots pictured at the top of the thread that I turned under about five weeks ago. Very few weeds, but I'm trying to eliminate all I can. This plot pictured was the worst for pigweed. In the next ten days or so, I'll lightly disc and plant iron clay peas.
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Old 04-28-2017, 11:10 AM   #38
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Great looking plots. I love that tractor, it is exactly what I'm looking to buy. Has it been a good tractor? Anything you would do different?
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Great looking plots. I love that tractor, it is exactly what I'm looking to buy. Has it been a good tractor? Anything you would do different?
It has been an excellent tractor. Bought it in 2004, and has had two batteries, one idler pulley, and two lift cables replaced. Also had the clutch cable replaced but I broke that on a stump that I didn't see until it was too late. Very good on fuel, uses no oil, but I maintain it pretty well.

Things I would do differently: Front end assist and front end loader. At the time I bought it, I had one place to mow and plant on, and I had a backhoe and dozer handy. Now, I food plot on four different places and my backhoe is seldom where I need it. I almost didn't get a cab, cost was $5K, but my wife talked me into that. Man, do I love that girl !
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Mowed my clover plot Friday morning before starting on my regular road and property line mowing. This Whitetail Institute plot is four years old. It looked like melted plastic last September after the heat of summer. Never thought it would come back this well. My herbicide treatment killed all the grass, but evidently the Butyrac 200 didn't get all the weeds. Not many weeds though, and mowing will keep them under control.
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Drycreek, what rate do you broadcast I/C peas at? Thanks.
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Fifty to seventy-five pounds per acre. Some of them are gonna wind up on top and either not germinate or get eaten by birds. Most of my plots are not uniform, so acreage is measured by a rangefinder and a SWAG. Haven't been disappointed yet though.

I put out a few mineral blocks at Brushy Creek today( a couple months late too ). I cut the T posts off to where if I buried the anchor plate, they should be well within the reach of adult deer, and beyond the reach of most of the hogs. I've had trouble in the past from hogs wallowing on them and deer seem to avoid them then. I stole this idea from a TBHer( can't remember who ), but went a step farther. I took a piece of square tubing, capped it, then welded a piece of re-bar on it. I drilled a hole in the block and set it over the re-bar. It looks good, now the cameras will tell if it works as planned. Whoever I lifted this idea from, THANKS !
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One of my plots is coming along good, in this particular field it was planted in mid march. Lab lab, Clay peas, Red Ripper peas, sorghum and Peredovic sunflower. Yes I have some grass coming in as the rain held me back from spraying Vantage herbicide.

Last weekend was the last of the Dewberries and the beginning of wild plums.

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Plums are thick this year, but you got be quick snatching them. The hogs rub against the base of the trees which knocks the ripe ones off.

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The hungry crowd, begging to get in my plots That is Mr. Dozer to the right, he is a young bull.

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Peas are looking good Radar ! A little grass won't hurt. Hopefully the peas will shade the grass out before long. Wish I had some wild plums, but my place was fully wooded when I bought it and plums just don't grow well in the woods. I have planted dome fruit trees though, and they're coming along.
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I cant have many fruit trees the dang cut ants eat em. When the peas start to vine, they climb up on the sunflowers pretty good. I have planted corn and Clay peas together and they vine up the corn stalks.
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Well, this weekend was planting time on my Mt. Enterprise property. The plots I sprayed with gly last week got a pretty good burn-down except for a few stubborn areas.
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Annnd, a little the old man just plain missed.....
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