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10-25-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,287
Posted By Soilman

The soil survey is not as accurate as a soil...

The soil survey is not as accurate as a soil test, and can give some large ranges in values. It also can not show what past management (lime, crop grown, fertilizer, manure, etc.) has done to...
08-29-2014, 03:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 923
Posted By Soilman

Check out a picture of wood sorrel. Wood Sorrel...

Check out a picture of wood sorrel. Wood Sorrel can easily be mistaken for clover.
07-01-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,785
Posted By Soilman

I would spray it 4+ weeks before planting with 2...

I would spray it 4+ weeks before planting with 2 quarts/acre glyphosate (roundup) + 2 pints/acre 2,4-D amine. Wait 1-2 weeks, and then disc. Finally, spray again with just glyphosate 1 week before...
05-02-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,141
Posted By Soilman

You may want to consider pelletized lime (pel...

You may want to consider pelletized lime (pel lime). Pel lime can be spread from a broadcast spreader, usually reacts faster, but it is usually more expensive.
03-16-2014, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,061
Posted By Soilman

I suspect they suggest planting it in spring so...

I suspect they suggest planting it in spring so the seeds are more likely to germinate and survive. It would be tough working ground in July or August, and the high evapotranspiration rate would...
01-14-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 890
Posted By Soilman

I have a 1 acre field that I visit almost every...

I have a 1 acre field that I visit almost every weekend in the summer. There are cameras all over the place that show deer at all hours, and I see deer with my eyes at almost all hours of the day. ...
12-30-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 687
Posted By Soilman

The roundup ready trait is a gene inside of the...

The roundup ready trait is a gene inside of the soybean, not a coating. Any bean harvested from a field of RR soybeans probably has the RR gene. If the beans were not roasted after harvest, they...
12-07-2013, 04:38 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,075
Posted By Soilman

Clover in one plot for spring through fall...

Clover in one plot for spring through fall nutrition.

Brassica/winter rye mix late summer planted in the other for fall through spring food source.
08-09-2013, 02:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,290
Posted By Soilman

They help, but not like on the TV shows. After...

They help, but not like on the TV shows. After crops are harvested and most plants turn brown in the fall, a nice green oats, winter rye, or brassica plot will draw and hold deer. Another reason to...
08-07-2013, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,023
Posted By Soilman

Most clovers would like a pH of 6.3 or higher. I...

Most clovers would like a pH of 6.3 or higher. I would definitely lime if you intend to plant perennial clovers.

Wisconsin does not recommend liming until the target pH is 0.3 units lower than...
08-03-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,260
Posted By Soilman

Yes, we have sprayed roundup on kura clover at...

Yes, we have sprayed roundup on kura clover at work since 2006 with no appreciable loss. There is also alfalfa and red clover in the fields, and they survive as well. It slows the clover for about...
08-02-2013, 02:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,260
Posted By Soilman

1 qt/acre will kill most weeds and only stunt the...

1 qt/acre will kill most weeds and only stunt the growth of most established perennial broadleaf plants (clover, alfalfa, etc.). It will kill seedlings.
08-01-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,260
Posted By Soilman

Poast or Poast Plus, will only kill grasses, not...

Poast or Poast Plus, will only kill grasses, not broadleaf plants like you have listed. You can find smaller quantities of the same active ingredient sold as "Grass Beater".
07-27-2013, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,023
Posted By Soilman

In the future, you could probably save some time...

In the future, you could probably save some time and money by sending them to the lab yourself. The extension will no doubt send it to one of the UW soil labs: ...
07-25-2013, 04:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 11,023
Posted By Soilman

Mid-August would be a good time to plant winter...

Mid-August would be a good time to plant winter rye in NW WI. It will stay as a small green rosette all winter, and then grow fast next spring. After other plants start to green up, deer will...
07-08-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,451
Posted By Soilman

You could still plant winter rye, oats, winter...

You could still plant winter rye, oats, winter wheat, and brassicas (or some mix of these). You may be able to plant clover or alfalfa (depends on soil pH) yet this year. In general, you want 6...
06-11-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,260
Posted By Soilman

Poast or Poast Plus will kill grass and hurt the...

Poast or Poast Plus will kill grass and hurt the clover. You can get pint sized quantities for about $25 from Bonide (Grass Beater), or similar product online. Mowing the plot will kill or keep...
05-29-2013, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 897
Posted By Soilman

That is not an unreasonable amount of lime to...

That is not an unreasonable amount of lime to add. I have seen lime recs of 8+ tons/acre. It is best to work the lime into the soil if you have the ability to work the ground.
05-23-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,746
Posted By Soilman

Good luck. There are a lot of acres of corn...

Good luck. There are a lot of acres of corn waiting to be planted up north here in MN and WI. You should be OK if we have a "normal" summer. The deer will not care if you get 130 bu/a instead of...
05-03-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,134
Posted By Soilman

A soil test would certainly be helpful, and they...

A soil test would certainly be helpful, and they are inexpensive (stick with the field test, should be <$10). I would not try to plant clover without one, but you could do OK if you stuck with...
05-02-2013, 02:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,134
Posted By Soilman

You could try oats, peas, peas/oats mix, winter...

You could try oats, peas, peas/oats mix, winter rye, clover, and brassicas. There are several good choices for short growing seasons. Your selection should depend on site and soil conditions...
04-08-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,746
Posted By Soilman

If you plant sweet corn, make sure it is at least...

If you plant sweet corn, make sure it is at least 2 weeks different maturity from your field corn. If they cross pollinate, the sweet corn will likely not taste as good as it could. Raccoons,...
04-01-2013, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,452
Posted By Soilman

How low is really low? You could spread lime...

How low is really low? You could spread lime this spring and plant an acid tolerant crop like oats. They will be fine at pH 5.5 or even a little lower. You then have options for a late summer...
02-17-2013, 01:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,212
Posted By Soilman

I've seen white dutch clover do well on logging...

I've seen white dutch clover do well on logging trails, but I have doubts about chicory tolerating the shade. I would get a soil test to see if the soil needs lime. Any additional stress on the...
02-16-2013, 04:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,000
Posted By Soilman

The soil test will let you know if liming is...

The soil test will let you know if liming is really necessary. You can also choose to grow crops that tolerate lower pH to lessen the amount of lime you may need. Clovers are great, but your soil...
11-28-2012, 03:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,645
Posted By Soilman

Take the soil samples before working the plots. ...

Take the soil samples before working the plots. Here is a good guide on soil sampling: http://learningstore.uwex.edu/Assets/pdfs/A2100.pdf
10-29-2012, 06:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,272
Posted By Soilman

Nice looking plots. We had excess spring and...

Nice looking plots. We had excess spring and summer rains up in west central WI, but then nothing from August until last week. My fall plantings don't look anywhere near as good as yours. Good...
10-27-2012, 04:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,567
Posted By Soilman

+1 for store in a cool dry place. I planted 3...

+1 for store in a cool dry place. I planted 3 year old seeds from my garage this spring, and it was no problem.
09-12-2012, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,477
Posted By Soilman

I have had good luck with the sweet spot as well....

I have had good luck with the sweet spot as well. The biggest buck seen on my property was in the sweet spot last fall. The deer really kept the grass mowed short on the plot, and the chickory...
09-04-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By Soilman

Winter rye would be a good option. It also...

Winter rye would be a good option. It also provides feed very early in the spring, needs little fertilizer, and does well on almost any soil.
08-03-2012, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,426
Posted By Soilman

Oats can tolerate poor soil, would probably do OK...

Oats can tolerate poor soil, would probably do OK without the lime if your pH > 5, and they do not need much fertilizer either. If you are in the north, I do agree that winter rye is a better option...
08-01-2012, 03:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,305
Posted By Soilman

I wouldn't count on the oats reseeding...

I wouldn't count on the oats reseeding themselves. That does not happen very often.

I agree with buckmaster on the winter rye (brassicas would be good for the fall as well). Winter rye makes...
07-11-2012, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,673
Posted By Soilman

The deer by me love turnips after everything else...

The deer by me love turnips after everything else goes dormant in the fall. They will dig through the snow all winter to get at the bulbs. They do not touch them at all, and then the next week it...
05-05-2012, 03:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,226
Posted By Soilman

You should be able to grow almost any crop on...

You should be able to grow almost any crop on that ground if is not "too" sandy. Dig down about 12-18 inches and you will probably see a clay layer if that area was wooded. I have some sandy...
04-25-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,244
Posted By Soilman

Grasses tolerate poor soil better than most...

Grasses tolerate poor soil better than most broadleaf plants. If you plant oats, winter rye, or winter wheat you will most likely get some good growth. One 40 lb bag of lime on a 20x20 plot is...
03-12-2012, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,139
Posted By Soilman

Bears love corn, they demolished my plot 2 years...

Bears love corn, they demolished my plot 2 years ago. A neighboring farmer showed me his field last year, it was a real mess from the bears. They may like other crops, but corn gives them cover too.
03-08-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,815
Posted By Soilman

I agree with the spray heavy suggestion from...

I agree with the spray heavy suggestion from gonewest. I would also pull a soil sample and send it in for analysis. Another option for this year would be to plant buckwheat in the spring after...
03-04-2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,472
Posted By Soilman

I hired a real estate attorney when I purchased...

I hired a real estate attorney when I purchased my land. It was an extra $400 to review all of the papers (plus I have a land contract), but it made me feel like I went into it knowing everything...
03-04-2012, 06:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,802
Posted By Soilman

Wow, those fertilizers are almost all filler and...

Wow, those fertilizers are almost all filler and no nutrients. For a 1/2 acre plot, I would consider water softener salt advertised as "no sodium" salt. Read the label to make sure it is potassium...
03-04-2012, 05:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,802
Posted By Soilman

A pH of 6.6 is fine for clover (most clovers have...

A pH of 6.6 is fine for clover (most clovers have a target pH of about 6.3, they do not need to have 7.0). The soil test report makes it look like lime was already applied in the last 12 months, and...
03-02-2012, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,722
Posted By Soilman

I think in southern Iowa turnips after soybeans...

I think in southern Iowa turnips after soybeans should work well. You may want to select an earlier maturing variety of soybean for your area to give the turnips a little more time to bulk up. The...
03-02-2012, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,418
Posted By Soilman

I have some land to your south just outside of...

I have some land to your south just outside of Luck. That is some good deer country, as well as bear and other small game. It is pretty country, and I would bet you will be very happy with your new...
02-17-2012, 04:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,169
Posted By Soilman

Yes, you would just need to size your implements...

Yes, you would just need to size your implements to the tractor and soil type. I use mostly an ATV and have little trouble.
02-17-2012, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,360
Posted By Soilman

Late April in Southern WI through late May in...

Late April in Southern WI through late May in Northern WI would be the best planting dates. Corn will not die from a frost when small, but it will get burned. It may do OK in partial sun, the north...
02-14-2012, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,684
Posted By Soilman

1. Yes, and Hossdaniels is right about nocturnal...

1. Yes, and Hossdaniels is right about nocturnal deer.

2&3. Corn tolerates low pH (6.0 is preferred), but takes a fair amount of work to grow successfully. Peas/Oats mix (or oats alone)...
01-30-2012, 04:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,378
Posted By Soilman

You have a lot of good info from hossdaniels and...

You have a lot of good info from hossdaniels and halfbaked. Here is a link to the K-state soil lab. http://www.agronomy.ksu.edu/soiltesting/p.aspx?tabid=16 The basic test (pH, buffered pH, P,...
01-26-2012, 10:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,193
Posted By Soilman

I plant the kind you can eat, purple top turnips....

I plant the kind you can eat, purple top turnips. The deer eat the leaves off first, and then come back in winter to eat the bulbs. I get a few turnips to add to venison stew as well.
01-10-2012, 04:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,814
Posted By Soilman

Tim, There are no simple answers to your...

Tim,

There are no simple answers to your questions. Check out what farmers in the area plant, and read what others in the area plant for food plots. The best thing you can do is take a soil...
01-09-2012, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,655
Posted By Soilman

Lime should be worked into the soil to a depth of...

Lime should be worked into the soil to a depth of 6-7 inches if possible.
12-31-2011, 02:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,873
Posted By Soilman

The local co-ops bag 0-0-60 up here for ice melt,...

The local co-ops bag 0-0-60 up here for ice melt, so it hasn't been hard to find. Potash (0-0-60 or KCl) is the fertilizer form of potassium. If you are truely desperate to find some, there are...
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