Posted 15 January 2010 - 08:02 PM
Posted 16 January 2010 - 12:58 PM
I've had outstanding success with a Buck Forage Oats and r a p e seed mix. The past couple years I've only used BFO, but mixed in some r a p e seed this year. My plot is in the woods, not very big in size and only gets direct sunlight in the middle. We usually plant the first or second week in August and by the middle of September it is usually anywhere from 12" to 18" tall in the middle (direct sunlight), even with little to no rain. However, this year we got lucky and planted two days before a pretty good rain. The results were amazing. The BFO was 6" tall in a matter of days.
The only drawback to BFO is that the deer around here don't really hammer it until it freezes a few times. They'll munch at it early in the season, but it is mowed down as soon as it freezes a couple times. The is the reason we added some r a p e seed this year. The r a p e seed grows the best in direct sunlight, and the deer really hit it as soon as it sprouts. The r a p e seed really helped attract deer earlier in the archery season than what the BFO did.
We didn't really do much. Just broke ground and planted and fertilized the first year. We did do a soil sample the second year and added some lime. We added a little more lime this year too. However, according to the soil sample, my plot still has less than ideal soil, but the results year after year are still amazing. If you've checked out a few of my Cuddeback pictures I've posted and have in my gallery, you already know that.
Posted 16 January 2010 - 07:49 PM
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.
Posted 16 January 2010 - 08:28 PM
We have two food plots at camp. We planted both this past spring. both plots are on top of the mountain and one contained biologic and fertilizer but did not seem to do real good. The other plot contained something else but I was not there when it was planted. I would suggest that you build a small exclosure fence maybe about 4 foot square so you can see what grows where the deer can't get to it. Clover will attract both deer and turkeys so planting at least some would be beneficial. If you can mow the plot at least once or twice a year it really helps what you planted to compete with the weeds.
Posted 11 August 2010 - 01:29 PM
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