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If you could only plant one thing

Old 01-10-2002, 11:24 AM
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for a cool season food plot what would it be? In my area essex rape would have to be it...........marty
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Old 01-10-2002, 12:24 PM
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hmmmmmmmm...if I had my choice, I'd probably say a nice cornfield
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Old 01-10-2002, 03:51 PM
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Maybe Buck Forage Oats, if I could keep them from eating it up before it gets a ead start.
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Old 01-10-2002, 06:02 PM
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A nice field of white clover.

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Old 01-11-2002, 01:24 PM
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The forages like alfalfa and clover have it hands down... You should get 2-6 tons per acre per year... wet.
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Old 01-11-2002, 04:23 PM
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Best for hunting success, I'd go with soybeans. They remain off the ground and in the pod so they tend not to rot. They are readily accessible to the deer, more so than standing corn. They provide high protein during summer in leaf growth. The deer use them heavily in November/December/January, long after summer food plots have lost their lustre.
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Old 01-11-2002, 07:24 PM
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Not sure about the essex rape, but I planted a plot of BioLogic Full Draw, which is several types of Rape as well as chicory, and some clover. To date (it has been 10+ inches tall for 3+ months), I have not seen that the deer eat it. BioLogic claim is that if you plant Full Draw, you will bring &quot;all your neighbors deer in&quot;. BOOOOOOOOO......

They do keep the clover clipped down, and a little of the rest here & there, but in general do not eat the &quot;Full Draw&quot;!
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Old 01-12-2002, 09:41 PM
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this spring im going to try some imperial whitetail clover and some mossy oak biologic side by side and see whcih one the deer prefer better
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Old 01-13-2002, 10:06 AM
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JHUCK......Biologic is a trade name, that covers a number of varieties.

If it is their clover, and whitetail institute clover you are speaking about, I don't think you will see a difference, as both are very simular. If you want to do a real test, go to a local farm supply store, buy some New Zealand, or some Landino, Clover, and plant it with either or both of the others. I did, and could not tell a difference in the consumption.

Difference in price................. HUGE........ Landino clover & New Zealand clover (what they plant on the commercial deer farms in New Zealand) you can buy 5 to 8 pounds for the price of a pound of either Whitetail institute, or Biologic clover.

Not all farm stores will have the New Zealand variety, just ones that are interested in serving the hunters.

Another thing you must keep in mind is that one pound of whitetail institute, or Mossy oak, only has about 1/3 pound actual clover seed, as it is treated & coated to make the seeds look larger (supposed to be easier to plant) than they actually are.

When buying the other non-trademark varieties, one should buy an inoculant to mix with the seeds, to help germination.

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Old 01-13-2002, 11:59 AM
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soybeans work good here.
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