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Old 01-23-2022, 09:44 PM   #3151
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Wow you got it going on at your farm! I love your pics!
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Old 01-23-2022, 09:46 PM   #3152
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Wow love your pics!
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Old 01-25-2022, 04:39 PM   #3153
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Are you doing anything with your food plots this spring?
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Old 01-26-2022, 09:50 AM   #3154
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Are you doing anything with your food plots this spring?
Yes, I intend to plant a similar mix as done in past. cowpeas, sunflower, milo, soybean, okra, sunn hemp, buckwheat....and experiments. The difference this spring is I will be using mob grazing cows to terminate the fall planting vs. roller crimping. Will be first time so very curious to see how it works. I have already strip grazed several of the plots and like the impact I see on the fields. Much more to be reported on all this as we move into spring.

For those that have followed this thread our emphasis on nutrition is well known. With that it is no surprise that here on the farm we filled all the protein feeders several weeks ago ahead of the cold and bad weather. Nutritionally this is probably the weakest time of year in this part of the country. Yet does are pregnant, bucks are recovering from the rut, dropping their antlers and new antler growth will start very shortly.All critical times in their health. I think what happens now till green up has a big bearing on this years antler growth and the health/potential of this years fawn crop.
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Old 01-26-2022, 10:28 AM   #3155
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Agree Rusty. What happens between now and Greenup is critical to new antler growth too.
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Old 01-28-2022, 07:07 AM   #3156
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I will be very interested on how the mob grazing terminates and benefits the plots. Two questions on that subject. Will you be mob grazing it with the sheep or will it be done with cattle? How do you think it will change the ability to maintain moisture without the thatch layer that is provided by your winter crop?

Sorry just reread and saw you will be using cattle.
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Old 03-08-2022, 06:06 PM   #3157
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https://youtu.be/byKU2SjRRPA

Both FCP and YouTube upgraded since my last video. Took me most of day to figure out changes and I missed improving video quality. Won't happen again. Nonetheless here is introductory video on where I'm taking farm. And...no doubt in my mind will significantly improve whitetail production.
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Old 03-08-2022, 06:11 PM   #3158
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https://youtu.be/byKU2SjRRPA

Both FCP and YouTube upgraded since my last video. Took me most of day to figure out changes and I missed improving video quality. Won't happen again. Nonetheless here is introductory video on where I'm taking farm. And...no doubt in my mind will significantly improve whitetail production.


Apparently I need to practice my posting skills as well

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Old 03-08-2022, 09:00 PM   #3159
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Excellent video Rusty! The way you do everything first class, I have a feeling you’ll be one of the faces of regenerative agriculture before you’re done!
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Old 03-08-2022, 09:01 PM   #3160
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Old 03-09-2022, 07:30 AM   #3161
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Great video Rusty! Looking forward to following your progress.


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Old 03-09-2022, 09:18 AM   #3162
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Great video thanks for sharing
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Old 03-14-2022, 02:11 PM   #3163
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Bucks from the farm this year. In a word---hard---couldnt find many of the mature bucks

https://youtu.be/Qofo98uWV84
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Old 03-14-2022, 03:24 PM   #3164
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Another great video Rusty.
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Old 03-14-2022, 10:17 PM   #3165
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Awesome video!
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Old 03-16-2022, 07:29 AM   #3166
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Old 03-18-2022, 06:22 PM   #3167
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Great video Rusty. Thanks for posting.
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Old 03-18-2022, 07:10 PM   #3168
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Its refreshing to hear a hunter with your experience admit how hard aging is looking at deer without knowing his history. I really enjoyed the video, your enthusiasm is contagious too
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Old 03-18-2022, 07:10 PM   #3169
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Too Cool as usual.thanx for your time and commitment sir.
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Old 03-21-2022, 09:33 PM   #3170
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Awesome video again!!
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Old 03-21-2022, 09:35 PM   #3171
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Its refreshing to hear a hunter with your experience admit how hard aging is looking at deer without knowing his history. I really enjoyed the video, your enthusiasm is contagious too
I agree!
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Old 03-29-2022, 10:37 AM   #3172
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Just finished reading all 64 pages. By far the best thread on TBH.

Thank you, El Gato, for taking the time to share this with us all.
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Old 03-29-2022, 11:07 AM   #3173
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Its refreshing to hear a hunter with your experience admit how hard aging is looking at deer without knowing his history. I really enjoyed the video, your enthusiasm is contagious too
Whole hearted agreement here.
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Old 03-29-2022, 11:32 PM   #3174
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Are you still liking American joint vetch?
I’m planning on switching to that this spring since it’s native, high protein, and should reseed.
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Old 03-29-2022, 11:33 PM   #3175
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Are you still liking American joint vetch?
Im planning on switching to that this spring since its native, high protein, and should reseed.
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Old 03-30-2022, 11:19 AM   #3176
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Also I’ve read that it can handle more upland sites than most people have previously thought. What do you think?
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Old 03-30-2022, 11:49 AM   #3177
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I am still a big fan of joint vetch. I think its one of the best summer deer foods out there. I generally mix it 50/50---10lbs each with Alyce clover. The growth and maintenance habits are very similar and stands can usually be maintained for several years. Can be compatible with small grains and crimson also as the crimson plays out before the vetch starts sprouting. I just lightly scratch the soil early May to get seed soil contact with the seed bank and it readily comes back.

Vetch is slow to germinate and start in the summer but as weather gets warm it will grow till frost. Purely anecdotal but several of our very best bucks could be seen almost daily in vetch fields . I plant some every year.
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Old 05-04-2022, 08:50 AM   #3178
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I'm experimenting with a new way to terminate plots. Probably not for most but fun to explore ways to improve fields

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Old 05-04-2022, 08:54 AM   #3179
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Should have mentioned, I'm planting:
5 lbs sunn hemp
25 lbs cow peas
5 lbs sunflower
5 lbs buck wheat
1 lb okra
1 lb sorghum almum
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Old 05-04-2022, 11:44 AM   #3180
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I love these threads.
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Old 05-04-2022, 02:24 PM   #3181
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Excellent video Rusty!!
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Old 05-04-2022, 06:12 PM   #3182
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I am still a big fan of joint vetch. I think its one of the best summer deer foods out there. I generally mix it 50/50---10lbs each with Alyce clover. The growth and maintenance habits are very similar and stands can usually be maintained for several years. Can be compatible with small grains and crimson also as the crimson plays out before the vetch starts sprouting. I just lightly scratch the soil early May to get seed soil contact with the seed bank and it readily comes back.

Vetch is slow to germinate and start in the summer but as weather gets warm it will grow till frost. Purely anecdotal but several of our very best bucks could be seen almost daily in vetch fields . I plant some every year.
Thank you for keeping this thread going.

Can vetch/clover be rotated with a fall annual plot? Vetch is expensive and I am curious if it will come back the following spring/early summer if you terminate it in September to plant your fall crop?
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Old 05-07-2022, 09:49 AM   #3183
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My vetch comes back every year. It is waist high in spots right now.
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Old 05-08-2022, 05:35 PM   #3184
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My vetch comes back every year. It is waist high in spots right now.
Thats impressive! My vetch is just starting to germinate.

Yes, I have kept vetch going for years by letting it go to seed in the fall then light scratching the dirt in the spring or simply running the drill over the field to get soil seed contact . I don't do anything with it in Sept. but if I wanted to establish small grains or something like crimson that would be finished by the time the vetch starts germinating in the spring, I would just broadcast right thru the standing vetch knowing it gets killed with first frost.
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Old 05-10-2022, 07:04 PM   #3185
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I've noticed that video on regenerative farming gets a very limited audience whereas video of deer does much better. Here is a clip from Mexico

https://youtu.be/Z8X9QgMW2mM
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Old 05-10-2022, 07:45 PM   #3186
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If I was a gambling man Id bet most of your audience for regenerative farming are landowners and in the minority when it comes to YouTube lol


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Old 05-10-2022, 08:10 PM   #3187
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Just went down a 30 min farming rabbit hole from your videos. Pretty interesting stuff. Going to ask the wife if I can buy a goat and keep it in the backyard and maybe even rent it out to the neighbors 😂
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Old 05-10-2022, 08:30 PM   #3188
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Man, what a broke ole middle class blue collar guy would do to hunt bucks like in your videos!

Impressive as always!
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Old 05-10-2022, 08:46 PM   #3189
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I've noticed that video on regenerative farming gets a very limited audience whereas video of deer does much better. Here is a clip from Mexico

https://youtu.be/Z8X9QgMW2mM
Wow as always! Do you think hook makes it another year? He looks to have really gone down from last year? Amazing and thx for sharing. Btw, I wouldn't dare miss any of you videos. I love all of them, but I do wish you would make them higher resolution.

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Old 05-10-2022, 09:26 PM   #3190
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Wow as always! Do you think hook makes it another year? He looks to have really gone down from last year? Amazing and thx for sharing. Btw, I wouldn't dare miss any of you videos. I love all of them, but I do wish you would make them higher resolution.

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I wish I knew how to make them higher resolution. They are filmed with hi quality cameras but when transferred to YouTube I haven't figured out how to enhance.

Sorry to report hook is no more. He was down to skin and bones .
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Old 05-10-2022, 10:17 PM   #3191
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What is the story with Hook? I saw you filmed him at 13 years old. Why was he never targeted being close to 200 inches at times in his life? What made him special or untouchable?
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Old 05-11-2022, 07:11 AM   #3192
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What is the story with Hook? I saw you filmed him at 13 years old. Why was he never targeted being close to 200 inches at times in his life? What made him special or untouchable?
He just sorta slipped thru the cracks for most yrs. Was highly visible, always cool looking and everyone just liked seeing him. That said when he was 12 he was actively hunted with archery till he broke off several drop tines. Pretty sure he cracked 200 that yr and would have made an outstanding trophy.
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Old 05-11-2022, 01:15 PM   #3193
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Incredible deer. Thank you for taking the time to share with us.
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Old 05-12-2022, 10:42 AM   #3194
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Those are some great bucks! Thanks for sharing the video!
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Old 05-12-2022, 09:14 PM   #3195
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Great Video!! Hey Elgato would you mind posting some of the bucks y’all took down there this year.
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Old 05-12-2022, 09:15 PM   #3196
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Great Video!! Hey Elgato would you mind posting some of the bucks yall took down there this year.
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Old 05-24-2022, 09:39 AM   #3197
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Old 05-24-2022, 11:30 AM   #3198
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How has the livestock termination and spring plots gone? Do you think by the cows eating the fall crop therefore no thatch layer that it will adversely affect moisture retention in the hot dry months.
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Old 05-25-2022, 11:26 AM   #3199
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How has the livestock termination and spring plots gone? Do you think by the cows eating the fall crop therefore no thatch layer that it will adversely affect moisture retention in the hot dry months.
I thought terminating the plots with livestock worked great. Relatively clean field to plant into. Got some ryegrass Regen which didn't last long as it went to seed and actually help protect seedlings.

The lesson to be learned from this is that May was unusually hot and dry so much germination was stalled until rains this week. That left much of the soil uncovered which I don't like. The trade off is the manure all over the field. Time will tell the effects. On net...for now...I like what I see but will report as fields grow.

The other lesson as we all know is that every year is different and requires adaptability to changing conditions. Glad I don't have to make a living as a crop farmer.
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Old 06-22-2022, 01:52 PM   #3200
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Bumping it back up, how are the plots doing?
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