Winter rye was a minor bust. We had as many as 20 deer in the rye during muzzle loader season but since then there has been no use. It never really got tall so maybe the acre I planted was not enough. I was hoping to have winter activity.
Over the winter I saved my pennies and bought a no till drill. This year I plan to increase my food plot acreage by 10 acres up to 16. The following experiments are being planned:
1. Radishes - 100% and mixed trials with rape/turnips
2. I plan to drill oats/rye/brassicas into standing WI clover/chicory fields to extend their useful life and experiment with weed control (rye). I cant wait to see how this works
3. Plant to plant a significant amount of soybeans and hoping to find a good shatter resistant pod
4. We will be watching the WI clover and chicory to determine if it was worth the money. I have 4 acres of WI clover and 1 acre of chicory planted from last fall.
5. Trying alfalfa in a 6 acre field. This will be my last attempt. If it does not work this year, corn and soybeans will be rotated from now on and the only legume I will focus on will be clover
The main strategy will be the same a last year. Soybeans, brassicas, oats, clover, chicory, rye and alfalfa. I still have a winter gap. I did some logging in Dec so this year there has not been a problem. I am hoping some of the soybeans and rye can help next winter. If alfalfa does not work, corn will be adding and this should solve some of my problem
I limed my fields last week - 36 tons of lime - got it in right before the snow. I am ready to get planting. This warm weather is getting me jumpy