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best time to start a food plot?

Old 12-05-2006, 08:29 PM
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When do u guys start your new food plots? I own 13 acres of land 10 of it is just fields and the other 3 woods. the land is used for our oil company and our drilling rigs and other stuff is stacked up there along with a couple pumping oil wells and etc. i hunt the 3 acre woods where i have killed 3 deer this year and they dont seem to mind the noise or the fact of us being there all day long. it seems like they know when we will be gone and come out then. i have permission to hunt about 10 acres touching our property also. there is a 1 small pond in the far north part of the woods and a new 5 acre pond on the property northeast of me. I guess my question is i can plant a food plot on a section of the 10 acres but all my drilling stuff will be close to it. do you think this will be fine or should i designate a corner of the field and make a smaller plot? i think there is sufficent food in the area beings i am completly currounded by bean and corn fields and have a small acorn patch and a couple persimmon trees. when would the best time to work the ground and plant be?
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:38 PM
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If your ground isn't frozen, you can always disc now and spread lime now to let it really leech in. The best time to lime is always yesterday. Get a soil test done first, you can send it to Mossy Oak, or a local testing facility and find out what kind of fertilizer and lime you need.

They can be very rewarding, and they can be a lot of work and $$$. Check out the wildlife management forum here, as well as the qdma forums. QDMA has probably the best collection of info on this that I have found.
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:43 PM
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i have spent more money on dumber things i have no prob spending it on this thanx for the info tho should i plant clover mixed with bio logic or some kind of combo like that
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Old 12-05-2006, 08:55 PM
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i have spent more money on dumber things i have no prob spending it on this thanx for the info tho should i plant clover mixed with bio logic or some kind of combo like that
I am wouldn't be surprised if this thread was moved, but I will respond here anyhow for now........

It depends on what kind of a plot you want.

If you live north of the Mason Dixon and get frost sometime around bow season, then I would consider doing either a cold weather plot, or a plot with 2 seperate sections including warmer weather food sources (clover), and cold weather sources (corn, brassicas, turnips, etc).

This year I planted mostly cold weather stuff at my place in PA and the deer are absolutely hammering it. They are still coming into the plot during all daylight hours in PA and our gun season has been in full swing for over a week now. I still have enough forage for them in a 1.5 acre plot to last until March probably. It has 3 major strips including Biologic Premium Perennial (not thrilled with this) which is a mix of clover and Brassica's, Biologic Maximum (awesome cold weather food), and Biologic Full Draw (brassica/turnip mix).

Here is a link to a journal I started on the project. I can't wait for next year to get it going again and to add 2 more plots to the property. [8D]

http://www.huntingnet.com/forum/tm.a...age=1&key=


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Old 12-05-2006, 09:44 PM
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If your ground isn't frozen, you can always disc now and spread lime now to let it really leech in. The best time to lime is always yesterday. Get a soil test done first, you can send it to Mossy Oak, or a local testing facility and find out what kind of fertilizer and lime you need.

They can be very rewarding, and they can be a lot of work and $$$. Check out the wildlife management forum here, as well as the qdma forums. QDMA has probably the best collection of info on this that I have found.
I'll move it because the guys in the WM forum are great.....

That being said, now is the time to start. Like RJ says, it's time to lime even if you can't disc. You want to lime in the fall to plant in the spring and lime in the spring to plant in the fall. It roughly takes 6 months to get the most of your lime so get the lime down as soon as you can. Okay, I'll move it now.
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