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Old 08-30-2022, 12:21 PM   #1
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I am planting our food plots this week on our farm in SE Iowa.

Prairie Creek Seeds Cool Season Combo with 10 additional pounds of Brassicas (turnips and radishes) added in to the mix. I will overseed with cereal rye around September 15th.

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Old 08-30-2022, 12:24 PM   #2
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Always enjoy following your journeys mike.
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Old 08-30-2022, 09:12 PM   #3
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Mike, how do you compete with the Ag crops?

Looking forward to your season thread
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Old 08-31-2022, 09:19 AM   #4
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Mike, how do you compete with the Ag crops?

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You can't compete. There is food everywhere. Soy beans, alfalfa, corn, and acorns. The food plots will start attracting the deer more once the crops are harvested.

The deer are always going to go to the best food. Right now that's beans and alfalfa. Soon corn and acorns.

In the first picture you can see the neighbor's corn and beans right behind my tractor. There are deer in those beans every night.

The deer in the other pictures are in my food plots (last year) after a lot of crops had been harvested.

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Old 08-31-2022, 06:38 PM   #5
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Ok. Sounds like good timing.
Deer in your plot in bright daylight. Thats pretty sweet
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Old 09-01-2022, 07:00 AM   #6
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Looking good.

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Old 09-01-2022, 07:42 AM   #7
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What size disc are you pulling?
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Old 09-01-2022, 05:57 PM   #8
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It measures 7' wide. An Amish friend of mine thinks it was an old horse drawn that was converted to a 3 point hook up.

An archery friend here in Iowa gave it to me. He said it has been sitting in his pasture for 25 years. He said it might as well be sitting in your pasture.

It has some John Deere green on the axles where the discs turn, but it definitely has been modified over the years. I was surprised my B2601 could pick it up, because it's real heavy. The little Kubota handles it fine

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Old 09-19-2022, 10:17 PM   #9
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Two week update on my food plots. I ended up not planting until September 3. It has been very dry here and I was waiting on some rain. I planted on the 3rd with rain in the forecast. Of course it didn't rain. We finally got some rain on the 10th, but the ground was so dry it didn't have much effect.

Last Wednesday my wife and I drove around our farm in the side by side. I told her that I think we might have one turnip that had germinated. The plots were basically bare dirt.

This past Saturday and Sunday we got about 2.5 inches of rain. I checked on the plots today and they are really taking off.

Here are a few pictures of some of the food plots and a nice sunset.

Here is a link to a video that I made on my walk around.

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Old 09-19-2022, 10:57 PM   #10
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When I was working I used to plant when I had the time, regardless of moisture in the ground or in the forecast. If you donít have enough moisture to germinate, the seed will lay there until you do. Thatís how God does it ! Now Iím retired and so is my best friend and we plant when we want to. We still havenít planted because there is no rain in sight. If we donít get any, weíll plant in October sometime regardless, at least weíll dodge the Army worms ! Yours are coming on fine now. Looking forward to your annual hunting thread Mike !
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Old 09-20-2022, 12:04 PM   #11
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When I was working I used to plant when I had the time, regardless of moisture in the ground or in the forecast. If you donít have enough moisture to germinate, the seed will lay there until you do. Thatís how God does it ! Now Iím retired and so is my best friend and we plant when we want to. We still havenít planted because there is no rain in sight. If we donít get any, weíll plant in October sometime regardless, at least weíll dodge the Army worms ! Yours are coming on fine now. Looking forward to your annual hunting thread Mike !
I was helping my my neighbor chop corn for silage last week. I told him my food plots had not germinated. He said "Don't worry. They will come up eventually.....it might be next spring but they will come up".

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Old 09-20-2022, 02:33 PM   #12
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That's where Im at. I could not plant last month when we had rain. Now that I can plant, no rain in sight! Gonna get it done this weekend.
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Old 09-21-2022, 10:42 PM   #13
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Beats the hell out of food plots in Wise county!
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Old 09-22-2022, 10:13 PM   #14
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Any recommendations on outfitters or private landowners in area for 2023 season? I have 4 points and next year going to try and draw with them.

Not sure if I will get to hunt Iowa again and I usually hunt public diy because I'm cheap. However, I'm seriously considering spending dough to get full Iowa experience and kill a big buck... 150in or better would be the goal.

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Old 09-23-2022, 05:50 PM   #15
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Any recommendations on outfitters or private landowners in area for 2023 season? I have 4 points and next year going to try and draw with them.

Not sure if I will get to hunt Iowa again and I usually hunt public diy because I'm cheap. However, I'm seriously considering spending dough to get full Iowa experience and kill a big buck... 150in or better would be the goal.

Thanks

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I would definitely go with an outfitter. What zone are you thinking about trying to draw.

Here are a few that I have heard good things about.

Zone 5 Thunder Ridge Outfitters
Thunder Ridge has ground in Zone 4 & Zone 5.

Zone 6 Whiskey Ridge Hunts

Zone 6 Big Buck Down Outfitters
BBD Outfitters might have ground in Zone 5 also.

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Old 09-23-2022, 05:59 PM   #16
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I got lucky today with the forecast.

I broadcast 500 lbs. of a blend of P&K and MAP fertilizer my food plots Got it down just as the rain started.



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Old 09-23-2022, 06:25 PM   #17
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I got lucky today with the forecast.

I broadcast 500 lbs. of a blend of P&K and MAP fertilizer my food plots Got it down just as the rain started.



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Boy, you did ! Iím looking for that very thing but it looks pretty grim here.
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Old 09-23-2022, 07:10 PM   #18
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We need some of that rain, can you send some down?
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Old 09-24-2022, 06:50 AM   #19
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I would definitely go with an outfitter. What zone are you thinking about trying to draw.

Here are a few that I have heard good things about.

Zone 5 Thunder Ridge Outfitters
Thunder Ridge has ground in Zone 4 & Zone 5.

Zone 6 Whiskey Ridge Hunts

Zone 6 Big Buck Down Outfitters
BBD Outfitters might have ground in Zone 5 also.

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Thank you, the zone that is in southeast... zone 5 and zone 6 I have heard that is the spot
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Old 09-24-2022, 01:33 PM   #20
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It measures 7' wide. An Amish friend of mine thinks it was an old horse drawn that was converted to a 3 point hook up.

An archery friend here in Iowa gave it to me. He said it has been sitting in his pasture for 25 years. He said it might as well be sitting in your pasture.

It has some John Deere green on the axles where the discs turn, but it definitely has been modified over the years. I was surprised my B2601 could pick it up, because it's real heavy. The little Kubota handles it fine

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I forgot to tell you thanks for the information. I was curious if it would lift it or not. I have an l3901 and I think they recommend a five footer. The five foot land pride disc impriced last year was around $1800. If I remember correctly. I have a rotary tiller but I am eventually going to get a pull disk.
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Old 09-24-2022, 02:15 PM   #21
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I got lucky today with the forecast.

I broadcast 500 lbs. of a blend of P&K and MAP fertilizer my food plots Got it down just as the rain started.



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Best of luck this season, Mike.
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Old 09-24-2022, 03:05 PM   #22
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Thank you, the zone that is in southeast... zone 5 and zone 6 I have heard that is the spot
We live in zone 5 about 4 miles from the dividing line between zone 5 and 6.

Unless you plan to look at a lot of public ground and have time for a few late summer scouting trips I would go with an outfitter. You'll pay for a good one, but its worth it. I know of a couple who can (probably) get you on a 150+. (The ones I mentioned above.) Killing that 150+ buck is a whole different deal, but knowing that age class deer is around is a confidence booster.

Due to Iowa's non resident popularity everyone thinks they are outfitters up here and many are not. Many outfitters claim to have a lot of ground, but in reality they are hunting the heck out of some very small areas where they actually have some decent deer. In my opinion if they are charging a fine for killing a buck less than 140" the above mentioned is the case. They want you to pay them to come and hunt but they don't want you to kill anything.

The good thing about hunting with an outfitter like the ones I mentioned above is that they have been watching the deer all spring and summer. Most of them are running a lot of cameras in a lot of different places. If they get a text of a big buck on a different property they can move you midday.





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Old 09-24-2022, 03:56 PM   #23
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Looking good...always enjoy your posts/insight!
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Old 10-05-2022, 07:26 PM   #24
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One month update on food plots on our farm in Iowa.

Click on link to watch the video.

https://youtu.be/AKkY2OAGTK4

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Old 10-06-2022, 03:43 PM   #25
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love the work mike. Keep up up and stay after it.
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