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#3738298 - 08/20/14 01:59 PM Food Plot Budget?

Registered: 08/28/13
Posts: 89
Loc: Arrington, Tn

Gentlemen, I've got $250 budgeted for plots. Bush hogging has been done & I have plenty of Gly 4 to spray.
I have three places I'd like to plant ( #1-.5 acre, #2- 1 acre & #3 is very large. I'll only plant about an acre of #3. All are rough pasture. No soil test done yet but will pull samples this weekend.
How would you allocate your $ ? Seed, Fert, lime ?
Would you try to hire tractor help for tilling or would you throw and go?

#3738658 - 08/20/14 06:08 PM Re: Food Plot Budget? [Re: xatxay]
8 Point

Registered: 08/08/01
Posts: 2423
Loc: shady,tn

Offline'll have more than that in lime and fert on 2.5 acres..if that's your the .5 acre plot this it right..and save for the others this spring..jmo
#3739895 - 08/20/14 08:38 PM Re: Food Plot Budget? [Re: fins&fur]
6 Point

Registered: 06/24/11
Posts: 879
Loc: Middle TN

Throw an go isn't an option period
#3740042 - 08/21/14 12:53 PM Re: Food Plot Budget? [Re: KubotaM4900]
10 Point

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 4764
Loc: Shelby County

Throw & Grow is a lot of annual rye grass and IMO a waste of money and time.

You need clover and radishes and a few others.

I don't see how you can do even the smallest plot without some mechanical help-a tractor, yeah, sounds good. Take a stroll through the (thread) sunflower plot prep ChaneyLake does, and there are a lot of other examples. There is a general set of steps to follow based on your soil and area conditions.

I'd lime the place then turn the soil and plant a really thick overseeded clover variety to try and choke the weeds out. You have very very little time left for this year its almost fall

#3740128 - 08/21/14 01:40 PM Re: Food Plot Budget? [Re: DaveB]
Hunter 257W
10 Point

Registered: 10/04/12
Posts: 3522
Loc: Franklin County

I've always liked Whitetail Institutes "No Plow" and since you are on a tight budget and would have to borrow a tractor to work your ground, their "No Plow" makes sense. You just have to have exposure to bare dirt and it can tolerate a fairly low Ph too.

I think the mix consists of ryegrass, oats, wheat(?), annual clover, brassica, radishes and lettuce. They recommend 300-400lbs of 13-13-13 per acre. Honestly, you can get by with 200 and have good results.

#3742933 - 08/24/14 01:20 PM Re: Food Plot Budget? [Re: Hunter 257W]
6 Point

Registered: 08/13/12
Posts: 959
Loc: Coon Creek

Put at least 1000 lbs of lime on the smallest plot. Disc the hell out of it. Broadcast 75 lbs of grain rye just before a rain. Put down about 50 lbs of 19-19-19 at planting. After a couple of weeks put another 25 lbs of rye on the thin/bald areas and another 50 lbs of 19-19-19.

That small plot done right will be better than half-assing any of the others.

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