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post Apr 30 2008, 11:11 PM
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Looking to plant my first ever food plot this fall... looking for something easy to plant and will come up for October bow season.... when should I plant it also? Thanks guys!
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post May 1 2008, 12:34 AM
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Your best bet might be to ask kyle, he lives in Indiana to I believe. I seen he was talking about food plots in another post. He might be able to help you!


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post May 1 2008, 01:07 AM
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Bdub...I'd go with Buck Forage Oats...plant em mid sept and you'll have em ready the first week of October...and good thru Oct and early nov if you take care of it...

I'd start there, but make sure you fertilize and lime before you do anything...ag lime is about $3 a bag...but it make take a lot! Soil sample first to get things going!


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post May 1 2008, 02:33 AM
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Wow... it comes up in 2 weeks? I didnt think anything came up that fast. I just bought a ph tester.... Do you think if I do an area 150x150 feet, the deer will feed in it?
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post May 1 2008, 04:55 PM
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I'd guess the oats come up in 3 weeks...but I'm more worried about keeping them around in Mid October than early October. I don't hunt much in early October with 80 days and strange winds!

150x150 is a 30x30 yards...they'll feed in it if you get it in and done right...deer love oats! If you want a cheaper version just buy oats from a local seed company or co op...

I've used them before and had highways going thru em! Good luck!


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post May 2 2008, 03:49 PM
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Bdub...PH meters are a good start, but getting a soil sample will tell you how much of what kind of fertilizer you should put down. Seriously, it is so easy to do and very cheap to get results back on. It is worth the <$10 bill!

30 yards by 30 yards is not very big for a food plot, but that is OK. I would agree with Kyle, oats are a favorite, just make sure if not Buck Forage, you at least make sure if you get oats from a seed company, they are forage oats. Also, you may want to throw in some brassicas with your oats, like turnips and just do a mixture of both of them together.


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post May 4 2008, 02:11 AM
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Throw some 10-10-10 fertilizer in the ground and put in a mix of ladina clover and chickory. Its a hell of a perennial as long as you keep it mowed and kill the fescue.


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post May 6 2008, 07:30 PM
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Is there anything I can put out now that will last till the end of October or early Novemeber?
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post May 6 2008, 08:58 PM
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How big is the area? Explain it a bit more.

If it is big enough, soybeans are hard to beat! Great summer food and great winter food. The key to this though is size. If it is too small, I wouldn't wast your time. My rule of thumb is less than 4 acres, forget it, depending on your deer density.

If the farmer will let you keep it there and it wont get disturbed and you can actually maintain it by mowing, I would say plant a mixture of clover (but it is better to plant in the fall).

If you can hold off, plant oats and turnips in September and it will be around through March....


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post May 6 2008, 09:06 PM
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Hey DL, who makes the turnips to plant for deer? I know buck forage oats are hard to beat for the oats, but what about the turnips? Just has my curiosity!


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