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#3142052 - 01/28/13 07:04 AM Ridge top food plot
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I went out yesterday and cleared some areas for food plots. I still need to bush hog all of the briars down (or do I). I used my skid steer to remove all deadfalls out of the way. I started pushing through the briars but was loosing a lot of topsoil doing it so I stopped. Will bush hogging them down before I break the ground up cause me problems in the future with them growing back?
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#3142092 - 01/28/13 08:09 AM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: TRIGGER]
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They probably will grow back,but you can spray em with brush killer from co op.
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#3142094 - 01/28/13 08:09 AM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: Football Hunter]
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Oh yeah,save your dirt!
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#3142119 - 01/28/13 08:30 AM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: Football Hunter]
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Save your top soil! I have ridge top plots and the only thing that grows there are the annual winter grain crops of oats/wheat/grain rye and crimson clover/rape/tunip. It grows from late August to May and dies till we replant in late August. It is too dry to grow anything during the summer. The brush will go dormant in the fall when you plant so don't worry about the brush for now if you can bush hog it in the fall.
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#3142213 - 01/28/13 09:39 AM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: treefarmer]
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Seems to me to be good topsoil in these areas. I plan on taking a sample of soil to co op for analysis. No since in planting a spring plot?
 Originally Posted By: treefarmer
Save your top soil! I have ridge top plots and the only thing that grows there are the annual winter grain crops of oats/wheat/grain rye and crimson clover/rape/tunip. It grows from late August to May and dies till we replant in late August. It is too dry to grow anything during the summer. The brush will go dormant in the fall when you plant so don't worry about the brush for now if you can bush hog it in the fall.

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#3142385 - 01/28/13 12:08 PM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: TRIGGER]
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What FH said with the herbicide. I would plant something like Buckwheat this Spring.
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#3142454 - 01/28/13 12:56 PM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
What FH said with the herbicide. I would plant something like Buckwheat this Spring.
I agree,buckwheat
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#3142502 - 01/28/13 01:35 PM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: Football Hunter]
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If you have water holding soils, and get regular rains you might be able to have a summer crop. I'd try it once and see what happens. My soils are cherty well drained which means water goes right through it and becomes dried out quickly. If your crop burns up in June/July/August and weeds take over even though there were normal rains you know to plant fall annual crops in the future. Either way you are ok, as a fall crop is inexpensive, easier to be sucessful and is a benefit to wildlife. Let us know how your test turns out.
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#3148000 - 02/01/13 09:21 AM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: TRIGGER]
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 Originally Posted By: TRIGGER

Seems to me to be good topsoil in these areas. I plan on taking a sample of soil to co op for analysis. No since in planting a spring plot?
 Originally Posted By: treefarmer
Save your top soil! I have ridge top plots and the only thing that grows there are the annual winter grain crops of oats/wheat/grain rye and crimson clover/rape/tunip. It grows from late August to May and dies till we replant in late August. It is too dry to grow anything during the summer. The brush will go dormant in the fall when you plant so don't worry about the brush for now if you can bush hog it in the fall.


I would have the soil tested. You never know. But my experiences with ridge-top plots is exactly the same as treefarmer's. I limit my ridge-top plots to fall mixtures of cereal grains, annual clovers, and brassicas. However, I do add arrowleaf clover to my fall mix. Arrowleaf clover is a large "bush-like" clover (can grow 3-4 feet tall) that grows into early July. That leaves just mid-July to replanting in late August or early September with nothing productive in the plots.
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#3148107 - 02/01/13 10:38 AM Re: Ridge top food plot [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
However, I do add arrowleaf clover to my fall mix. Arrowleaf clover is a large "bush-like" clover (can grow 3-4 feet tall) that grows into early July. That leaves just mid-July to replanting in late August or early September with nothing productive in the plots.

Am curious as to why you don't add chicory for similar reasoning?
I put a little chicory in all my mixes mainly because of its drought tolerance compared to most clovers.

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