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Old 09-26-2022, 05:23 PM   #1
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Who all dry planted and who all is holding off for better rain chances? I have land in OK and tx and both have been super dry like most areas. I kicked my self when we had that good week of rain bout a month ago in North tx for not planting early. Turns out it was a good thing because it would all be dead already by now with the recent extreme heat and dry conditions. My OK place hasn't had any meaningful rain since early May. I usually try to get my plots in mid Sept so its at least sprouting in early Oct but with the constant dry conditions and no rain chances at either place in the forecast I find myself waiting. Now trying to decide whether to dry plant and let it sit until rain finally comes and hope the birds don't carry alot away or waiting until some strong chances pop up in the forecast then hope I'm not to busy to plant. Plots are gonna be very important for me this yr at both locations.
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Old 09-26-2022, 05:25 PM   #2
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I planted about a week ago in hopes of something. I guess some moisture in the dirt has started to slightly come through. Thought I was a little early, but we shall see. I thought about redisking when we are on the verge of rain and redoing.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:41 PM   #3
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We didn't plant anything this year in Mills county. First time in many years. With the drought, seed and fertilizer cost, decided it wasn't worth the risk.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:47 PM   #4
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Waiting until mid or late October, less chance of army worm infestation. They seem to be really bad this year.
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Old 09-26-2022, 06:49 PM   #5
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My plots are ready to plant. If it doesn’t rain by October 15 I’m planting anyway.
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Old 09-26-2022, 07:41 PM   #6
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With only 6.4 inches of rain this year, and no subsoil moisture, I'm not wasting my money.
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:35 PM   #7
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I planted my plot behind my house here in east TX on Sept 1, because we had some rain and were expecting more the whole next week. As it’s turned out, I’ve only got three sprinkles on it, but it’s done surprisingly well until the last week. It’s starting to dry up now.

I do food plots for other people and have 7 to do, but I’ve told them I won’t until we get some rain.
I may not plant in Oklahoma again this year if something doesn’t change pretty fast.
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Old 09-26-2022, 08:50 PM   #8
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We are planting Thursday. Collin county. Sending up a prayer afterwards.
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Old 09-26-2022, 09:58 PM   #9
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I may go ahead and plant in Oklahoma this weekend since it’s harder to mobilize quickly. Prob wait on Texas since it’s only an hour away and I can run out quickly to throw it down.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:15 PM   #10
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Dryland, you'll be fine with rains coming later. Just plant seed, you can topdress with fertilizer later dependent on the stand or finances.
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Old 09-26-2022, 10:38 PM   #11
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Ain’t going to rain anytime soon
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Old 09-27-2022, 06:54 PM   #12
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Planted yesterday. Tilled the seed under to keep it from getting eaten by birds. First rain should spring it up
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Old 09-27-2022, 07:03 PM   #13
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Ain’t going to rain anytime soon
I am not going to disc till a rain comes. I hate to bust up the soil and dry it out even worse. We have no rain coming in the long term forecast.
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Old 09-27-2022, 11:13 PM   #14
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I keep checking every day to see if forecast changes but still no rain in sight
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Old 09-28-2022, 06:37 AM   #15
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2011 was the last time I wasn’t done before season started. With the prices this year, I am holding off until we have some rain in the forecast. The only thing I have done to my fields is spray.
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Old 09-28-2022, 07:22 AM   #16
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I went to a food plot seminar in Brownwood a number of years ago. The first speaker got up and said “I can sum this up in the beginning, if you need it you probably can’t grow it and if you can grow it, you probably don’t need it. Any questions?”. Bottom line it’s all about moisture.
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Old 09-28-2022, 07:23 AM   #17
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We are waiting. I've planted to many times in the past "hoping" for rain and it didn't turn out well. With seed as high as it is this year I'm going to wait til we have a good chance of rain before we plant.
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Old 09-28-2022, 07:34 AM   #18
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Planted some in KS last week….rained the night I put them in. Planted up in NTX Sunday and Monday…..it’ll just have to set there until we get a rain.
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Old 09-28-2022, 08:13 AM   #19
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Planted on Saturday. Smaller plots probably 1/4 acre each. Used my boom sprayer and put 15 gallons of water mixed with liquid fertilizer on each to help it get started.


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Old 09-28-2022, 08:26 AM   #20
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2011 was the last time I wasn’t done before season started. With the prices this year, I am holding off until we have some rain in the forecast. The only thing I have done to my fields is spray.
Same. I will plant the day before next good chance of rain.
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Old 09-28-2022, 08:29 AM   #21
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I went to a food plot seminar in Brownwood a number of years ago. The first speaker got up and said “I can sum this up in the beginning, if you need it you probably can’t grow it and if you can grow it, you probably don’t need it. Any questions?”. Bottom line it’s all about moisture.
Well, I have planted some pretty ugly oat patches in my life and they drew deer like flies to poop.
Planting later this year, but mine are more for late winter forage than me killing deer.
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Old 09-28-2022, 08:32 AM   #22
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Over the past 25 years, I have dusted in more food plots than not. All but one did just fine, I would not be scared to plant now and wait.

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Old 09-29-2022, 10:57 AM   #23
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I'm planting 70 acres the second week of October and then praying for rain.
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Old 09-29-2022, 11:17 AM   #24
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70?

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Old 09-29-2022, 01:13 PM   #25
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That my friend is a FOOD PLOT!

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Old 09-29-2022, 01:20 PM   #26
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I have planted as late as the week before Christmas waiting on rain and this year might be the same.
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Old 09-29-2022, 09:46 PM   #27
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I’m going to plant this weekend in Oklahoma. Maybe later next week in north Texas. Hope some moisture comes soon
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Old 09-30-2022, 04:33 AM   #28
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Going to plant Oct. 11, 12 and hope we get rain after
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Old 09-30-2022, 02:51 PM   #29
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I am disking all my plots this weekend. Already bought all our seed. I get it at cost from a buddy. Prices were $4-5 more per bag then this same time last year

This is what I love to do, so wth is $5 a bag when only planting 4 acres total in 3 plots.

Hoping to plant by Oct 20 at the latest
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Old 09-30-2022, 05:18 PM   #30
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Plan on mid October and hope for some rain at some point. If it rains, it really will produce a lot of forage. Most years we worry about army worms. This year rain moreso.
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Old 10-01-2022, 11:30 PM   #31
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Got my *** kicked last year planting 100 acers of Trophy Forage mix and not a single thing came up. Thinking of just fallow disking this year. Might plant rye grass in November if we get a weather pattern change but haven't decided yet.
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Old 10-03-2022, 08:15 AM   #32
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I picked up new tiller for skid steer this weekend and got all plots in central OK planted. Broad is hard as a rock and was kicking the tillers azz. Had to go extra slow. Now if we can only get some decent rain.

Gonna hold off on my TX plots one more week then plant regardless.
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Old 10-03-2022, 08:51 AM   #33
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I’ve had great success and zero success. Total roll of the dice. Since mine are only big enough to be attractant and not a real food source I think I’m not going to try this year unless we get a really good long term forecast.
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Old 10-03-2022, 09:10 AM   #34
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I'm waiting on rain
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Old 10-03-2022, 09:11 AM   #35
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when it rains enough to support a food plot, then you don't need a food plot...
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Old 10-03-2022, 10:39 AM   #36
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Like many of you I'm waiting either on rain or mid October whichever comes first before I plant
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:19 AM   #37
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I am planting Friday in SE Ok. It looks like next week there might be a slight weather pattern change. Crossing my fingers.
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Old 10-04-2022, 10:46 AM   #38
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Rain chances popping up next week!!! Plots all disked and may grain drill early next week
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Old 10-04-2022, 11:04 AM   #39
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Rain chances popping up next week!!! Plots all disked and may grain drill early next week
Plant for the 12th boys. Got a crappie trip with Slew, for sure gonna rain !

I had a couple plots that needed lime, got that out on Saturday. I disced one of them in yesterday, it was as dry as a popcorn fart. The other has to wait until Thursday because I have folks working in the house today and tomorrow. I have no doubt it will be dry too.
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Old 10-04-2022, 11:29 AM   #40
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when it rains enough to support a food plot, then you don't need a food plot...
I would agree with you if you are talking about spring and summer plots, but those are more about weed control for me than anything else. But I and the 12-15 deer that live in my 2 acre food plot December - February would beg to differ on your statement. When everything else is brown and dead, oats, cereal rye and radishes will provide a lot of food they otherwise aren't getting.
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Old 10-04-2022, 12:38 PM   #41
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I planted one plot on Sept 17th, got a little shower on it the next day, just enough to get it to sprout, but I don't think it was enough to keep it going, it's looking pretty sad. Planted two more the following weekend, they haven't had a drop of moisture on them yet. I've been told that oats will last a good while waiting on rain, I sure hope that's right.
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Old 10-05-2022, 03:10 PM   #42
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I am planting this weekend without a doubt. I would normally hold off, but I won't have the time to plant again until the first week of November at the earliest. Won't be the first time to plant when its this dry, but I am not super excited about the prospects for sure.
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Old 10-05-2022, 03:18 PM   #43
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I'm probably not planting my food plots this year. Will spend the money on extra feed instead
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Old 10-05-2022, 05:26 PM   #44
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East Tx… our plots are disced and ready to go. We have stopped planting in September (I remember back in the day when that was something one wasted a Labor Day weekend doing. The last several years we haven’t done it until the first week of October and we’re going to make the decision this weekend if it makes sense or to wait.

We have definitely backed off tossing a lot of money into food plots…. The best part of the season in Polk County is long over before they really start turning to Plots. It is however nice to know that the deer have something in January and February and thsts why we continue to do it.
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Old 10-05-2022, 05:30 PM   #45
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We planted last weekend. fingers crossed we get the rain they are talking about next week.
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Old 10-05-2022, 05:34 PM   #46
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I just finished scratching the dirt on 10 acres. Going to pick up seed Friday and wait for rain in the forecast. Probably throw out some rye when temperatures cool down. I wonder if seed will last a year if it don't rain.
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Old 10-06-2022, 12:19 AM   #47
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One of my plots in Oklahoma has a wireless cam and had a lot of crow pictures so I’m sure the birds are really wearing it out. Cmon rain
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Old 10-06-2022, 03:16 PM   #48
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East Tx… our plots are disced and ready to go. We have stopped planting in September (I remember back in the day when that was something one wasted a Labor Day weekend doing. The last several years we haven’t done it until the first week of October and we’re going to make the decision this weekend if it makes sense or to wait.

We have definitely backed off tossing a lot of money into food plots…. The best part of the season in Polk County is long over before they really start turning to Plots. It is however nice to know that the deer have something in January and February and thsts why we continue to do it.
I understand the sentiment about the food plots not doing much for attraction early in the season. However, depending on if you hunt a lease that is long term or not or if you own, I personally believe the food plots are the biggest differentiator and helps the deer tremendously from December -May, and then again April -August/September. Just my personal thoughts developed over the last 15 years or so as I have expanded our food plots both in terms of variety and total acreage.
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Old 10-06-2022, 03:45 PM   #49
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I put in about 10 acres of oats 3 or so weeks ago right after a rain. about 75% is up waiting on another shot of rain. Not sure that is going to happen though.
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Old 10-08-2022, 11:24 PM   #50
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I am completely planted in both OK and TX. Both are in severe drought conditions right now. At this point it with needs to rain 3-4” or not at all. Anything less than 1-2” and it will just sprout and die. Absolutely zero ground moisture. But gonna sit back and hope Mother Nature plays along eventually.
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