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Growing wheat #6553328
06/11/19 12:24 PM
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Iíve grown wheat before for hunting purposes but started way earlier..
Just wondering if I was to plant wheat or rye now if it would tassel out come fall?
Not for hunting I just want it for a border and a little feed for wildlife..


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Re: Growing wheat [Re: ambush32] #6553335
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Don't know anything about wheat but isn't it a cool season grass? If it's like the cool season crops I do know (mostly brassicas) it'll either not thrive and die in the heat or just sit there doing nothing until it gets the cold it wants.
Interesting question I look forward to an answer as well.

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You will want to plant a spring wheat now and yes they will head out. I don't know if they will become ripe or hard , but certainly will get to milk and dough stage. Don't plant a winter wheat now as they need to vernalize or go through a winter to head out and spike. They will grow to about 7 or eight inches this year and maybe come back next spring but winter wheat is usually planted in late September or early October. Spring rye would mature earlier than the spring wheat. If you are leaving it for wildlife it does not matter as much if it fully hardens as you won't be harvesting it anyway.

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Re: Growing wheat [Re: ambush32] #6553475
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Talk to whoever you get the seed from.


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Re: Growing wheat [Re: ambush32] #6553515
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Had luck once with oats. Deer loved it like it was cocaine.

Re: Growing wheat [Re: ambush32] #6553517
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Another option would be proso millet. It would certainly go to seed for you, and wildlife/livestock love it.


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Re: Growing wheat [Re: ambush32] #6553936
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Thanks for the info

Sounds like spring wheat will work..might try rye and millet also..

Thanks


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Re: Growing wheat [Re: ambush32] #6553948
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you might consider planting Hay.

deer will eat nearly every day from a hay field , it is a perennial crop cut it once or twice a year if you can.
if you can find someone with the equipment and can get them to cut it for them keeping 2/3 or 3/4 the crop even better , leave the bales out over the winter and deer will forage on them when the snow is deep

a small woods or even ara of tal grass to provide shelter and screening with water , a creek , a hole you dug that collects run off something as a source of water near and hay near by will support a lot of deer build a small exclusion fence and fence off a 8 foot square and see how much they are eating the tops off all your other hay.

high protein legume grass makes good growth in beef and sheep and it does the same in deer and more importantly it is there all the time not just when it seeds.


a friend has 10 acre with a small creek at he edge running through he 5 acre woods , the thousands of acres surrounding him had been all corn for years , they saw some deer.

when the acres right around his 10 went to all hay 3-4 years ago the number of deer and the size of the deer grew.

his family now constantly sees deer nearly every day , they are harvesting on average 3 large deer a year all going over 200 pounds from a 5 acre woods as well as 3-4 turkey a year.

I am hearing similar things form others that are concentrating on building hunting property as wel as people concentrating on native prairie as to the number of deer they are seeing

screening trees or tall grass so the deer don't see people even if they are sound distance form your back door they don't care of they don't see you, water even if just and old stock tank buried in the ground , and perennial grasses that are available any time they are not covered in snow. = deer there on a regular basis.

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Re: Growing wheat [Re: GREENCOUNTYPETE] #6554044
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The idea of hay makes sense to me. You can harvest a crop a couple times per year if you choose and still have plenty of wildlife food. If you plant a legume, grass mix that has some clovers like alsike and red along with some alfalfa and then grasses like brome, Italian rye grass or some fescues you will have early to late season forage. By planting the legumes with the grasses once it freezes the legumes especially alfalfa stand up and the leaves stay on where grass mats down. The legumes can provide winter feed through the snow as well as summer forage. Clovers are not as pH sensitive as alfalfa is so even sandier lower pH soils could give you a decent crop and not having to plant annually. You can also frost seed red clover as needed or interseed grasses and other forages at appropriate times of the year as needed without tillage.

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