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Old 01-28-2019, 01:41 PM   #701
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My dad is out there this week and noticed that we got around 0.5" of rain yesterday, which was a nice surprise. He also noticed that the fence guy left the gate open so all of the cows were in the big food plot. He was able to get them all out but i'm sure the cows had been in there for about a week or so. Here's what the plot looks like now after the cows have been grazing:
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The plot looks like it's still in decent condition after the cows were removed but we could sure use some warmer weather to help it grow.
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Old 01-29-2019, 11:31 AM   #702
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We modified our 16ft trailer so that when we have cottonseed delivered in the next couple of weeks we can pull it along as the cottonseed is being dumped and hopefully the majority of it will fall into the trailer. Whatever doesn't fall inside we will pick up using our tractor bucket and dump it onto the trailer. We had to make it short enough to still be below the decking of the truck but it should still be able to hold around 3.25 tons with ease. We will put a tarp over it and store it under our barn.
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Old 01-29-2019, 12:58 PM   #703
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Great idea on the cottonseed trailer!! Where’s the closest gin that’ll deliver for you?
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Old 01-29-2019, 02:43 PM   #704
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Wall Co-Op Cotton gin. We are going to split a load with another TBH member - we will take 4 tons and they are taking the rest i believe.
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:48 PM   #705
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Wall Co-Op Cotton gin. We are going to split a load with another TBH member - we will take 4 tons and they are taking the rest i believe.
Can you pm me the details? We just put in a few cotton seed feeders west of menard and used 50lb bags
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:26 PM   #706
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2018 Feed Totals:
Protein - 17,500lbs
Cottonseed - 4,200lbs
Corn - 8,775lbs
We had around 5 acres of wheat/oats
Rainfall - 32.46in (18.34in from September thru December)

In 2019, we are hoping to reduce the protein consumption down to around 13,000-14,000lbs by using our Krivoman timed protein feeders and increase cottonseed to around 7,000 to 8,000lbs. We will plant a 3.5 acre spring/summer plot for the first time this year so we will see how that goes.
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Old 02-04-2019, 03:45 PM   #707
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2018 Feed Totals:
Protein - 17,500lbs
Cottonseed - 4,200lbs
Corn - 8,775lbs
We had around 5 acres of wheat/oats
Rainfall - 32.46in (18.34in from September thru December)

In 2019, we are hoping to reduce the protein consumption down to around 13,000-14,000lbs by using our Krivoman timed protein feeders and increase cottonseed to around 7,000 to 8,000lbs. We will plant a 3.5 acre spring/summer plot for the first time this year so we will see how that goes.
Thatís a little bit of feed lol
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:18 PM   #708
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2018 Feed Totals:
Protein - 17,500lbs
Cottonseed - 4,200lbs
Corn - 8,775lbs
We had around 5 acres of wheat/oats
Rainfall - 32.46in (18.34in from September thru December)

In 2019, we are hoping to reduce the protein consumption down to around 13,000-14,000lbs by using our Krivoman timed protein feeders and increase cottonseed to around 7,000 to 8,000lbs. We will plant a 3.5 acre spring/summer plot for the first time this year so we will see how that goes.
Deer gotta eat! Iím keeping a feed log this year and them suckers can throw down some groceries!
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Old 02-18-2019, 07:20 PM   #709
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My dad has been out there the past couple of days and took a couple of pictures of the two plots. The 3.5 acre plot that we fenced off recently is looking really good. The 1.25 acre strip is looking good, especially since both deer and cows are hitting it fairly hard. The deer really aren't hammering the protein or cottonseed too hard and our plots are actually growing with some of the warmer days we've had. There is a bunch of native forage out there right now (i.e. filaree) that is really helping the herd.

Here are some pictures of the two plots as of today:
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I'm hoping to grab the memory cards next time to see what bucks made it through the hunting season. We passed all of the quality bucks on our place this year but i'm not sure what the neighbors shot. Here's to hoping the really nice 4.5yr old typical 12 point made it through the season.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:23 PM   #710
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how are you keeping the deer off of the fields to give it time to grow?
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:45 PM   #711
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I noticed our plots greening up a couple weeks ago in Leon co.
The good Bucks have disappeared from the feeders and plots.

Surprised how quickly that nasty cold weather ended and spring started.

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Old Yesterday, 09:05 AM   #712
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how are you keeping the deer off of the fields to give it time to grow?
Well, we fenced the bigger field off from the cows about three weeks ago so I believe the work from that probably made the deer a little more nervous. Also, thereís a lot of native forage growing everywhere out there and we also provide protein and cottonseed. Iím curious to see how they continue to grow and how the spring/summer plots grow once we plant them in mid April.
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