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Old 03-24-2008, 07:25 AM
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I'm looking toput ina food plot (about an acre) probably next spring (2009). The plot will be in Southern Central part of NY. I have a soil PH of 5.5. Liming will be a definite option along with fertilizing. I already had an analysis done. I'm planning on clearing an area over the summer and getting everything set.

What I want to do is plant a few chestnuts on the uppermost north portion of the plot, and then some crab apples just to the south in front of the chestnut trees. Sun shouldn't be a problem for the chestnuts since the craps won't get more then 20 feet and the chestnuts will get much taller. Just south of the crabapples, I want to put a food plot in but don't know what to plant yet. Sunlight should be about 6 hours a day, maybe a little more. There will be tall trees surrounding the plot.

I would definetely like a crop mostly for deer that last into the fall and winter and does not need to be mowed. Annual or perennialis a tossup.

Let me know what would work as far as thecrop goes.

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Old 03-24-2008, 07:28 AM
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If you do not want to lime or fertilize I would plant Imperial Extreme. If you do I have heard great things about Imperial Clover & Imperial Alfa-Rack. You would need to lime fertilize with those though.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:32 AM
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Lime and fertilizing is not a problem.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:56 AM
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if possible rotate your plot 90 degrees to gain several hours of sunlight on the ground. Clover is easy and is much sought after.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:48 AM
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In your case I would suggest going with an annual. Perrenials will need to be mowed at least 3 times a year. I believe it would be most advantages for you to consider fall plots instead of spring. These will be more prefered in the hunting season. Consider a cereal grain, large seeded legumes, and brassicas will be your best hunting plot.
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Old 03-24-2008, 01:44 PM
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you need to mow perrenials like imperial clover?
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