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#3357729 - 09/13/13 07:35 AM Whats best for small/shaded food plot
4 Point

Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 220
Loc: Cumberland/Putnam

Hey guys I have a spot that I will be putting a plot in today. Its a small 700sqft in the woods close to one of my stands. I tilled it up last year and put some throw and grow extreme out but the only thing that did good was the rye grass. It did great though. I have just went and tilled it up with the tractor a few days ago and now I'm leaning towards some type of clover. This spot is mostly shaded until the leaves fall maybe getting 3-4 hours of sun. I appreciate any help/suggestions.
#3357804 - 09/13/13 08:54 AM Re: Whats best for small/shaded food plot [Re: McCoy]
6 Point

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 619
Loc: Ky Lake

Buck forage oats, hands down, imo
#3357840 - 09/13/13 09:25 AM Re: Whats best for small/shaded food plot [Re: Bullfrog]
4 Point

Registered: 04/27/11
Posts: 190
Loc: Lebanon, Tn

I would go with a mix of wheat or oats with Ladino Clover. The ladino production will be slow the first fall but mixed with the oats/wheat you will have good attraction. The ladino will come on in the spring and will be good for years to come with a little maintenance. The only problem with the wheat/oats is that you will have to buy way more than you need because of package sizes. The smallest I have seen is a 25lb bag which would do about 1/2 acre which is obviously way more than you need.
#3357867 - 09/13/13 09:39 AM Re: Whats best for small/shaded food plot [Re: Obsession]
16 Point

Registered: 01/11/04
Posts: 16954
Loc: Allardt, TN

I dont know your specific situation but most of the time when people are talking about small and shaded, it ends up being to small and shaded for much of anything that will be very good.
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#3357981 - 09/13/13 11:01 AM Re: Whats best for small/shaded food plot [Re: smstone22]
4 Point

Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 220
Loc: Cumberland/Putnam

I appreciate it guys, for a small plot I have it located in a great location in between a bedding area and a food source and even with only rye I had a lot of traffic last year. They would stop by and pick on the way through. Btw this has been picked clean of roots rocks ect and has been limed and lightly fertilized so this is good dirt for what it is.
#3358154 - 09/13/13 01:06 PM Re: Whats best for small/shaded food plot [Re: Obsession]
Hunt 365
4 Point

Registered: 12/30/08
Posts: 458
Loc: Jackson, Tennessee

X2 to what Obsession said

Edited by Hunt 365 (09/13/13 01:06 PM)

#3359875 - 09/15/13 07:54 AM Re: Whats best for small/shaded food plot [Re: Hunt 365]
8 Point

Registered: 05/05/13
Posts: 1682
Loc: Bedford county TN

I would go with what Obsession said. Go easy on fertilizer it is very bad on your soil. For a small area like you have I would go get cheap bags of composted manure and top soil to add. These two have not only nutrients that the plants need but they contain microorganisms that can be depleted in the soil over time. Fertilizer kills these organisms leading to the need to keep adding fertilizer.
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