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Re: food plot time [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7725788
11/24/22 07:56 AM
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Re: food plot time [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7727865
11/27/22 12:16 AM
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Do many of you rely on soil testing to help your food plots?

Re: food plot time [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7727901
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My experience with the Buck Forage Oats was that the deer loved them. Make sure to use an exclusion cage to protect a small space so you can see the growth. The reason I suggest that is because mine never were more than about 1” tall. The first time I wondered if they were not growing. The cage showed the comparative growth. The deer loved them!


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Re: food plot time [Re: AJE] #7727943
11/27/22 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by AJE
Do many of you rely on soil testing to help your food plots?

I sent out a soil sample for a few areas intially- the information that gets returned is extremely detailed. Right, wrong or indifferent- the agronomy I focus on, is almost solely PH level. I have a couple test kits and prefer the handheld probe type that was actually almost spot on to the lab soil sample PH. For most of my legumes, I usually shoot for PH of 6-7 and I use predominately pelletized lime (albeit more expensive) because I'm doing smaller areas and it acts faster than Ag lime. This year when we logged, we selected the landing areas to serve as future turnarounds for skidding and kill plots- these soils after clearing are extremely fertile- if you think about years of composted leaves on the forest floor... I plan to soil sample those two new locations before spring planting.

Re: food plot time [Re: Willy Firewood] #7727966
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Originally Posted by Willy Firewood
My experience with the Buck Forage Oats was that the deer loved them. Make sure to use an exclusion cage to protect a small space so you can see the growth. The reason I suggest that is because mine never were more than about 1” tall. The first time I wondered if they were not growing. The cage showed the comparative growth. The deer loved them!

Willy- that's a great idea for oats... a little easier to tell with clover. (This is not my picture) but similar to what you describe above.
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Re: food plot time [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7727993
11/27/22 08:15 AM
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my food plot looks like it was just tilled , was about a foot high and then the deer and fall came lol

Re: food plot time [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7728006
11/27/22 08:28 AM
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Will crimson clover come back next year if it didn’t flower this year?
Was planted this year late summer

Re: food plot time [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7728010
11/27/22 08:34 AM
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I did not bother with food plots this year. I did in the last couple years but here the ground is covered in acorns and the deer don't touch whatever I plant.I have tried rape, radishes, winter peas, clover, rye. The rabbits loved it but the deer are into their acorns and here ya can't see the ground for those things and hickory nuts. I could rake up a 5 gallon bucket of acorns without moving two steps. So I guess like kids, if you are ankle deep in sweets, ya aint going to eat that salad.


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Re: food plot time [Re: Trapper Dahlgren] #7729494
11/28/22 09:42 PM
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I might try putting in a food plot(s) next year. I need to try to gain an advantage.

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