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Old 03-07-2009, 04:53 PM
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No plow anything is only going to work if you drill it. Otherwise you better have a well prepared seed bed.
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Old 03-08-2009, 05:44 PM
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Check with the NC Ag. Extension Agent in your area. Here in Alabama there is a ton of free info from that agency about food plots. It'll be almost impossible to find a product that is both a hot weather and cool weather "food plot" mix. For sure first this is to test you food plots' pH. Now is the time to correct. It'll be the best and most important $$$ you will spend.

One comment on "No Til". I used both this product and White Tail Imperial Clover one fall. Both performed terribly compared to the Co-Op's "blend", and was over 5X the cost per acre.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:35 PM
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If you want to plant something that is going to last and come back for several years I reccomend planting different types of Clover,and some Chickory and Alfalfa.I just frost seeded a mixture of Red Clover,White and Yellow Clover,Alfalfa and Chicory from Evolved Harvest called "RackForce" Alfalfa Forage Mix.I also frost seeded some Bio-Logic Clover Plus that has 6 types of Clover and 2 types of Chicory,I also bought around 5lbs of Red Clover at the local Feed Store (MFA).You can get more for your money by going to a local Feed Store and simply mix up your own seed types to plant.We keep our Farm mowed every year or 2 and we always keep the field edges and travel roads mowed off so that is where I usually frost seed or I frost seed on the new bare logging roads to establish new growing area's where the sun light shines in better now.

We also plowed several plots last Fall in 2008 and we just disc-ed them up this fri,sat and sunday (March 2009).Within the next few weeks we plan on planting foraging oats,wheat,Brassicas and some other misc plants like a little Milo?When that all grows up and gets used up we usually disc it all up again in the Fall and plant the Brassicas,Turnips,and Forage Rape seed.We may even try Pumpkins,and Sugar Beets this year?

I have had good luck with the Whitetail Institute White Clover,Pennington Clover Trio,and any of the products from Evolved Harvest "Shot Plot,Throw & Gro etc....!
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Old 03-11-2009, 12:23 PM
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I had great results with rape. I got the sample kits from the whitetail institute which was 7 different types of seeds and the Wintergreens aka RAPE grew by far the best. I planted mine in black wet soil and the leavesgrew as big as my head!!! After the deer ate all the leaves, the plant just grew new ones back. The deer could not stay away from it.
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Old 03-11-2009, 04:10 PM
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My personal experience with rape is similar to turnips. Deer wont touch it untill it gets a good hard freeze. Down here that might be after the hunting season is over(Jan 1), ormaybe the lastcouple weeks of the season some years. Its still a good choice for winter nutritiondown here. From the first real cold snap tilllate februarythey will tear up some rape. It seems to get good to them about the same time of year the clover really gets bit by the cold.
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