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#512558 - 11/29/07 09:39 PM NEED HELP ! With planning upcoming 08 Food plots ?
Backwoods Archery
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Needing some help guys ! I am wanting to plant a food plot for this coming summer, and also a hunting plot, that will be in the same location during the fall and winter.
My father, and grandfather recently turned a field over that is close to 10 acres that will be planted this coming spring in corn, that they will harvest, and grind up to use in cattle feed. I have access to a section of this field that was not turned over that is 2 acres, and is between the corn field, and a 50 acre section of hardwoods, And this is were I am wanting to put in my food plot to offer the deer more of a variety, other than corn, and also provide food while the corn is maturing, and to have a hunting plot come late fall, and winter after the corn is harvested!

My questions are! what kind of seeds, or seed blends have you guys had the best luck with? and when should I plant these?

Also what would give me the best bang for my buck as far as planting for a summer plot, and then replanting for a fall, and winter hunting plot in the same location?

I am not new to farming, but I am very new to planting food plots for deer, and am wondering if any of you could give me some tips on what, and when to plant, and the best way of going from a summer food plot, to a fall and winter plot!
Any help, and steps to take is very much appreciated !!!!

The planned food plot is circled in (RED)



Edited by wml (11/29/07 09:56 PM)
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#513212 - 12/01/07 08:44 AM Re: NEED HELP ! With planning upcoming 08 Food plots ? [Re: Backwoods Archery]
stirrat
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i would plant a soybean field for the summer plot around the 1st or second week of may. i have used quail haven soybeans in the past. i would disk and spray for weeds the first week of september and plant a dwarf essex rape, crimson clover, and buck forage oats plot around sep 10-15. the rape will get you through early winter and the oats and clover will really grow in the spring and keep forage in your plot through most of the next summer. it will stay green all winter.
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#513307 - 12/01/07 01:03 PM Re: NEED HELP ! With planning upcoming 08 Food plots ? [Re: Backwoods Archery]
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your area appears to be largely agricultural. i would plant something that deer are not able to readily find, for this reason i might stay away from soybeans. i would prefer a mix which would include chicory, alfalfa (if there's none planted nearby) and maybe small burnet. this mix should contain around 5 lbs. chicory, 5 lbs. alfalfa, and 3 lbs, small burnet (per acre).
fertilize with trip. 16 and then after the alfalfa begins to fixate nitrogen, 0-20-20 bi-annualy if you are looking for a mix then whitetail institute has two that sound about right, extreme, (small burnet, chicory) or alfa rack + (alfalfa, chicory, clover) these are supposably genetically tailored to a deers specific palat and stomach, also, both of these contain 25%+ protein, which should help with antler development
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#513714 - 12/02/07 06:09 AM Re: NEED HELP ! With planning upcoming 08 Food plots ? [Re: hard county]
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Chickory and oats.
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#514267 - 12/02/07 06:21 PM Re: NEED HELP ! With planning upcoming 08 Food plots ? [Re: BigGame]
deerchaser007
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Since you want a summer annual plot which will be broke up for a winter annual plot i would recommend a mix for summer such as imperial powerplant or lablab plus from tecomate. This mix contains lablab,soybean,iron clay cowpeas, sunflowers,and sorghum. AND,.. would work well with the corn in the area. Tecomate buckbeans would work well also.
For winter,.. i would cut the summer plot down in late september and plant oats and dwarf essex rape and crimson clover. On a 2 acre spot,.. that mix would be 150 lbs oats, 10 lbs D.E. Rape , 20 lbs crimson clover.
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