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#335303 - 08/10/07 01:31 PM Summer Forage Plots
kevin mays
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These are some pics of my summer projects. These plots all had Wheat, Oats, and DER. We turned them under in the late May and planted after we had adequate moisture in the ground. A few timely rains and now I have the best plots i have had in the summer in years.

I have one plot that is 5 acres
One that is 3 acre
One that is 1.25 acres
One that is .75 acres

I planted them all in a mix of Sunflowers, Soy Beans, and Cow Peas except for the smallest plot. The .75 acre plot i put in buckwheat and a very small amount of sunflowers. This is my 6th year doing plots in these fields.

The first two pics are from the 5 acre field. When deer come into the plots they disappear in the forage. I am 6 ft 5 so you can see the magnitude.





Here are some random shots of the plots











Here is a phot of my buck wheat and sunflowers. The buck wheat has matured and is dying and the deer are POUNDING the seeds.


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#335332 - 08/10/07 01:58 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: kevin mays]
tnbassman
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Those are some fine LOOKING food plots! I just put out almost the same exact mixture and I can only hope mine turn out half as good as those. What cow pea did you use? I used iron clay and red rippers.

Edited by tnbassman (08/10/07 02:01 PM)
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#335342 - 08/10/07 02:08 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: tnbassman]
kevin mays
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I put in both iron clay and red rippers. The iron clay peas were left from last year. The red rippers i bought this year. They were cheap and the deer love them.

All these plots were planted on June 10th.

I will mow strips disc and replant with a mix of
clovers, oats, der, and awp's in september. On the smaller plots they will be gone by then. The 1 acre plots and less are being hammered. Check out this browse line. the pic does it no justice but the plant in this pic are 18 inches tall and right next to them they are 5-6 ft tall.





Edited by kevin mays (08/10/07 02:16 PM)

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#335359 - 08/10/07 02:39 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: kevin mays]
rvs9
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"I planted them all in a mix of Sunflowers, Soy Beans, and Cow Peas except for the smallest plot."

What was your mix rate per acre?
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#335378 - 08/10/07 02:56 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: rvs9]
kevin mays
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35 lbs soy beans
35 lbs peas
12 lbs sunflowers

On the buck wheat sunflower mix
50 lbs buckwheat
5 lbs sunflowers
The buckwheat came in thick and got 4-5 ft tall
The deer have just got on it in the last two weeks as it has come to a head. They didnt touch it until it started dying.

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#335444 - 08/10/07 03:28 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: kevin mays]
rvs9
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Thx! Logged for next year!
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#335882 - 08/10/07 08:41 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: rvs9]
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that looks great
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#336652 - 08/11/07 03:54 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: stirrat]
deerchaser007
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VERY nice..........
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#338997 - 08/13/07 08:59 AM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: deerchaser007]
BigAl
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Great looking plots!! Except for the first pic, its got something funny lookin growin in it.
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#339045 - 08/13/07 09:21 AM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: BigAl]
kevin mays
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There have been rumors of sasquatch sighting in the area but i havent seen anything
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#443022 - 10/11/07 07:59 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: kevin mays]
new2deer
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Glad to see you on this forum Kevin. Man you grow great food plots wherever you plant it or whatever you plant for huh!
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#444286 - 10/12/07 02:30 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: new2deer]
kevin mays
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New2Deer,
I am assuming you have seen some of our past projects in Arkansas involving duck hunting habitat. Thanks for the compliments. We work hard at it and make our mistakes but we keep chuckin along.

Its bad dry here in E Tn and my food plots are in dire need of some seriuos rain!

Our stuff in Arkansas looks unreal!!!!!!!! Duck season should be a ton of fun.

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#444587 - 10/12/07 06:32 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: kevin mays]
new2deer
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Hey Kevin I am Katies Dad on the refuge. I have 80 acres not to far from your place in Arkansas. our farm is in Gregory! You gave me millet advice last year.
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#444590 - 10/12/07 06:33 PM Re: Summer Forage Plots [Re: kevin mays]
new2deer
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Hey Kevin I am Katies Dad on the refuge. I have 80 acres not to far from your place in Arkansas. our farm is in Gregory! You gave me millet advice last year.
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