What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

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Ben Sobieck
 
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What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby Ben Sobieck » Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:05 am

March is a good time to start planning for food plots. What do you have in store for this coming year? Let's hear your 2010 strategies.

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Postby SHKYBoonie » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:08 pm

Well, I'm kinda sticking with what has worked for me (so far) in the past. I have about 15 acres that I alternate between beans and corn. Last year I just mixed them with milo, millet and sunflower. They did well, but I don't think the deer used them very much through the Summer months because they were so thick. They seemed to eat around the edges but rarely ventured into the middle. So, this year I will be splitting the fields with the corn around the outside edge in rows instead of broadcast. This may give way for them to travel into and out of the beans a little easier and will help hide the hunters going into and out of the stands.
 
I also have about 5 acres of clovers in 3 fields that have been doing really good for the past 2 years. I will be going in soon and clipping them to make way for the new growth. At that time I will apply 0-20-20 fertilizer to give them a good start. The deer really used these fields heavy during the Winter.
 
I have 2 new fields going in this year. One is about 1 1/2 acres that will be clover about 10 yards wide around the perimeter with Eagle Brand RR Soybeans in the center. The other is going to be a turnip, rape and kale mix with some clover added for good measures.
 
I have 4 small plots on old loading docks left when the timber was cut. 2 of these are in clover and chicory and the other 2 are planted with cool season seeds in the Fall. The clovers and chicory may need to be reseeded because they were pretty much destroyed from all the deer use this Winter. I'll have to look at them real good to see how many plants actually survived. I may get away with a good dose of fertilizer if the deer didn't pull too many of the plants up by the roots.
 
All in all, I say I'm going to be pretty busy after I get through being mad at the turkeys. I'm telling you! Those ThunderChickens are taking over. Somebody's got to protect us from them and it might as well be me![:D][;)]
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RE: What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby hunt4fun » Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:49 pm

I want to improve on a small food secluded plot I established last year. I would like to clear it out a little more, and also I plan on doing everything right this year. I will be getting a soil test, and having lime delivered. I plan on borrowing my neighbors rototiller to break up the soil, and work in the lime. I will come back later and round up the weeds, and then get ready to plant mid to late summer. Now I just need to decide what I want to plant this year. I was thinking about Whitetail Institute double cross. Anybody had any luck with it?

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RE: What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby msbadger » Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:26 am

They called last nite and my Succra Seed and turnips will be going out today...I have tried everything on the woodland trails and decided my best bet will be the HSG and clover mix. All but two sections are all ready to go....Then because the turnips were hit so hard and the deer dug 2ft to get them I will be laying down the forage soybeans I ordered and putting down turnips and Bonar rape over that in the fall....On the new field I am going to lime heavy and weed kill.... disc then broad cast a boarder of feed corn just for cover...that worked out pretty well last year...I have a lot of residual timothy to kill where the corn was last year and then soybeans will go in...in the shaded part of that field I have clovers planned and the fall will be turnips and rape over the beans....I have a very long 30ft wide area that I luv to hunt ...it's been weed because it borders the neighbors and it's from there I have the most trouble...so I am finally putting up the 8ft chain link fence and will be laying down more Succra seed...The new land is on hold until we go in and do the logging.......

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RE: What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby Rocky Landsverk » Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:18 am

one thing I know we're doing this year is not going cheap, again. It's back to full fertilizing and liming. Our plots sucked last year because we just threw down the seed.

We are plowing up everything, including the perennial clovers, and fertilizing and liming.

other than that, we haven't really chosen our seed yet.
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RE: What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby gunther89 » Thu Mar 11, 2010 5:33 am

This is gonna be my first year trying food plots and I plan to put in about a half acre of clover.
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Postby jdshro » Fri Mar 12, 2010 5:42 am

New to food plots and was wondering if anyone can give a good suggestion. We have an old family farm in S. Western Ohio. 200 acres, 100 acres of corn/soybean fields, the rest is creek bottom, honey suckle chocked with open paths up to 40 ft wide for the horse riders to use. We are thinking about closing down a section of the horse path and putting in a food plot... about 3 acres.... any suggestions for a type of food plot in this very very fertile ohio soil?

The area we are planning on using is subject to minimal flooding during the spring, the soil is some of the most fertile I have ever seen. The adjacent corn field is always the best producer out of all our plots. The flooding never hurts the soybeans or corn. We are big bow hunters, and hit it during the rut hard every year. We always have big bucks near the property, but we want to keep more does around during the rut. We have good bedding cover, so that is not an issue.

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RE: What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby SHKYBoonie » Fri Mar 12, 2010 6:53 am

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New to food plots and was wondering if anyone can give a good suggestion. We have an old family farm in S. Western Ohio. 200 acres, 100 acres of corn/soybean fields, the rest is creek bottom, honey suckle chocked with open paths up to 40 ft wide for the horse riders to use. We are thinking about closing down a section of the horse path and putting in a food plot... about 3 acres.... any suggestions for a type of food plot in this very very fertile ohio soil?

The area we are planning on using is subject to minimal flooding during the spring, the soil is some of the most fertile I have ever seen. The adjacent corn field is always the best producer out of all our plots. The flooding never hurts the soybeans or corn. We are big bow hunters, and hit it during the rut hard every year. We always have big bucks near the property, but we want to keep more does around during the rut. We have good bedding cover, so that is not an issue.

 
If you already have beans and corn through the Summer/early Fall, I would suggest you plant a clover mix if you want a perennial that doesn't take much effort once it gets going or a brasica/oats mix if you want to have that attracting growth from late Fall into late Winter. The brasicas/oats will be more work and more cost because you will have to replant every year, but they seem to have a little more attraction to the deer than the clover. Don't get me wrong, the clover will draw and hold deer but from what I have seen the deer prefer the oats early and the brasicas after a good hard frost. We had the heaviest use of our clovers in late Winter and early Spring. Both of these plantings will do well in wet conditions so long as they get started growing before a flood. If it floods before they sprout, you have a chance of the seeds floating out of the ground with anything you plant. Also, keep in mind that the farm crops get harvested. If you plant some beans and corn in your plot, they are there for the duration. I have had alot of luck with planting the beans and corn together, especially these new climbing soybeans. They work well together as the beans affix nitrogen into the soil and the corn needs the nitrogen to grow, so it has helped out with the cost of fertilizers over the years. Keep in mind that you will only need to add about 10 lbs. of corn seed to your beans to cover an acre. If you use more corn seed, the plots will be really thick and the deer don't seem to use them as well. (This is a mistake we have made in the past.) The only thing you want to remember is not to plant things in the same area more than 2 years in a row. Alternate your plantings to different areas. This will help keep diseases down as well as some bugs at bay.
 
If you have good stands of honeysuckle, you may want to consider fertilizing some of them as well. This is a practice I have been doing for years and it works great. I take a bag of 10-10-10 fertilizer and fertilize several honeysuckle spots every year. You will be able to tell the difference between the use these get from the ones you didn't fertilize. It also boost the plants crude protein levels to above 19% and makes these plants more palatable to the deer. It's a cheap way to increase the usage of your native brows.
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RE: What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby pastorbrett » Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:13 am

My hunting spot is west of I-35 in Texas and averages only 17" of rain annually. A prominent biologist said summer food plots make only one out of five years here.  So I'm thinking about planting shrubs like honeysuckle.  Is this a good idea, and if so are there other good shrubs to plant?  Or are there other ideas for how to increase nutrition and attraction in such a dry area?
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RE: What Are Your Food Plot Plans?

Postby msbadger » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:35 am

Pastorbrett.....try this....www.grahamandrews.com/fodder_trees.htm

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