I heard from the guy who does my hay every year. He's late. Usually he's done by early June. He said he'd had a bunch of set-backs this year, and he's about 2 weeks away from coming out to hay.
Usually, when he comes to hay he brings along his Rotovator and chews up a couple of food plots before he gets started on the hay. Usually I find clover and wheat to be the best choice to plant. It comes up well and is ready for October. I've tried a few other mixes, but Ladino clover and wheat have produced the best plots so far.
Now I have to decide what to do. By the time the Rotovator touches my ground, it will be nearly August. My goal is to chew up the field to the north of Midway, that big deer blind I built last summer. It's a plot 200 yards long and about 60 yards wide, running n/s. It is known for attracting both deer and turkey.
Here's a pic, looking North from the blind at Midway:
The other limitations I have on this project, besides what time of year I'm going to be able to plant are as follows:
1) I've been out of work for 2 years. This has to be done on the cheap.
2) My equipment is limited. Normally I use my riding lawnmower and tow a spreader and then go back over it with a harrow made from an old bed spring. This plot is big enough that I'll probably use the pickup truck instead of the mower.
3) I'd like to have at least something for the deer to munch in November, but my big concern is that there is something for the Turkeys in the spring. Both seem to love the clover.
4) The soil is so-so. Clover does well, and I'm using it to fix Nitrogen and improve the soil naturally. It is too acidic for alfalfa. I can't afford to change the PH this year.