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Old 10-06-2018, 09:45 PM   #1
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This is my first time planting a deer food plot. Normally rely on corn but want to get more action during a sit. Spent a few hours yesterday evening and 8 hours on the skid steer and tractor today. It was tough getting to the dirt through the switch grass and Chinese lantern vine. After mowing I used a grappler attachment on the skid steer. Pointed the teeth vertically into the dirt and went backwards. Ripped the grass right up. Then i smoothed it out with a disc behind the tractor and spread out the seed. Went back over it with the disc. Rain is in the forecast over the next couple of days, so hoping the timing is right.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:27 PM   #2
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Good luck. Seed bed looks good
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:43 PM   #3
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That's good looking dirt. Good luck with your plot. I got the last of mine in today too.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:46 PM   #4
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This one was planted last Saturday. Wheat and medium red clover. I'm anxious to see what the clover does next spring and summer.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:46 PM   #5
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Did the same today, it rained on me this morning while plowing so i waited until afternoon to drill seed. The good rain this afternoon should get it all started pretty quick.

Looks like i used the same seed, camo bag? I mixed with several bags of wheat.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:47 PM   #6
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Pray for rain and cooler weather!!!
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:26 AM   #7
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Looking good, only down side is discing may cover the smaller seed too deep on those blended foodplot mixes.
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Old 10-07-2018, 09:19 AM   #8
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Looking good, only down side is discing may cover the smaller seed too deep on those blended foodplot mixes.
Yep, but not too concerned as the disc I use is very light and doesn't turn the dirt up.more than 1"......hopefully.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:46 PM   #9
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That's good looking dirt. Good luck with your plot. I got the last of mine in today too.
Now, that is a seed bed.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:52 PM   #10
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I got one of my plots in yesterday as well. Rained here hard last night.
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Old 10-07-2018, 12:59 PM   #11
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Now, that is a seed bed.
Dry creek is a pro. But I believe hes been working this soil for a while.
Yours looks good.
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Old 10-07-2018, 11:30 PM   #12
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This is my first time planting a deer food plot...

Looks good. I planted that bwi mix last year and it grew well. Today I spread out a bag of the same mix in a standing summer plot, mowed, it and then it rained. Hoping for the same results w/o discing.





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Old 10-08-2018, 06:21 PM   #13
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I didn't even think about putting out fertilizer when spreading out the seed (then again, I wouldn't have had the energy to do so anyways). So, should I get fertilizer on it as soon as I can or my original thought was to put fertilizer on it when it starts coming up? Also, would a 13-13-13 work or what is best for food plots?
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:44 AM   #14
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RYE grass is no bueno. Crappy mixture IMO

It will look great, but deer won't eat it and it will take over your plot
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Old 10-09-2018, 02:26 PM   #15
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RYE grass is no bueno. Crappy mixture IMO

It will look great, but deer won't eat it and it will take over your plot
Rye is on 5% of the mix. What would you have gone with?
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:03 PM   #16
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Rye is on 5% of the mix. What would you have gone with?
Almost 12% is pure garbage and the other 88% only has 80% germ rate so you're looking at best 65% success but more realistic 50%


Oh and cereal rye is what you want not rye grass (which is like K31 fescue)
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Old 10-09-2018, 04:20 PM   #17
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I just got done redoing mine for the second time this year. I tried something different this year and not disk after I threw seed out and it didn't come up good. I just noticed I planted the same as No-Tox. Plus I put out some whole oats. After I lightly disked over I went over whole plot with a pound of rape seed and scattered it so rain can beat it down. I've had success with this method and won't try something new in the future. Happy planting.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:19 PM   #18
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Rye is on 5% of the mix. What would you have gone with?
NO rye at all

This is why a lot of mixtures suck. I won't buy one with rye. It will look very green and good, but deer don't eat it. It is all for looks

Good seed is oats, wheat, elbon rye, peas, clover
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:26 PM   #19
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Certainly will keep that mind for next time. First year doing this so I'm sure there will be lots to learn. Hopefully the mix will give me some kind of indication whether the deer are going to come around more. I did put down additional wheat as a fill in as I needed 1/2 bag more seed but didn't want to buy one bag of mix seed to use only half of it.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:02 PM   #20
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That mix is just fine and it's pretty cheap. You don't need to spend a bunch of $ on seed on your 1st plot. Most of what comes up is wheat. I had several pics of deer feeding in the plot I planted that mix in and shot a doe out of it last season. You will have more of an issue with the weeds in the seed bank from the soil disturbance than rye, in my opinion.

Maybe you did a soil test, but if not get it tested and check your ph. You might need to add some lime which will help when you plant something else in it in the spring and next fall.
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:32 PM   #21
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That mix is just fine and it's pretty cheap. You don't need to spend a bunch of $ on seed on your 1st plot. Most of what comes up is wheat. I had several pics of deer feeding in the plot I planted that mix in and shot a doe out of it last season. You will have more of an issue with the weeds in the seed bank from the soil disturbance than rye, in my opinion.

Maybe you did a soil test, but if not get it tested and check your ph. You might need to add some lime which will help when you plant something else in it in the spring and next fall.
Getting a soil test done now after I picked up the kit from my ext agent.
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Old 10-14-2018, 11:35 PM   #22
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Did get out today to put out some fertilizer on the plot and check to see how the seed took after all the rain. Its definitely wet and hoping my deer plot doesn't turn into a duck plot (I already have that covered on the other side of my land).
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That will come up good.
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Old 10-21-2018, 12:30 PM   #24
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Did get out today to put out some fertilizer on the plot and check to see how the seed took after all the rain. Its definitely wet and hoping my deer plot doesn't turn into a duck plot (I already have that covered on the other side of my land).

How is the growth? I planted the same mix with some extra horse oats I had on 10/7. Spray, seed, and shred. Pleasantly surprised at growth w/o discing.








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Old 10-21-2018, 11:27 PM   #25
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It's under water and I haven't been to the back field yet. I'm sure everything drowned as the water was coming in faster than it can go out. Will take a few days for the water to drop. Going out next weekend to check on things.
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