Wildlife Management / Food Plots This forum is about all wildlife management including deer, food plots, land management, predators etc.

Sunlight

Old 07-28-2008, 12:31 AM
  #1  
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 759
Default Sunlight

Got a question. I am planning to plant the biologic clover plus and the preneial mix. Where I am planting are old logging roads. With pines on either side sunlight would be limited to pretty much the middle of the day.

I have planted wheat and iron clay peas there in the past and everything seemed to come up pretty good. Being this is my first exp. with the biologic products I was wondering how much of a factor the limited sunlight would play if any at all.
shamlin is offline  
Old 07-28-2008, 02:05 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 122
Default RE: Sunlight

Most people say 4 hours of sunlight will grow anything. I have a plot on something similar to yours, except it's a narrow gasline running through the middle of the woods (20' wide). The sunlight was filtered at best so I went in and cut back some trees along the gasline to get more light in there. I made sure not to cut oaks, just maples 10" in dia or less. I believe I cut8-10 down yesterday.I am going tomorrow and taking a pole trimmer and cutting back limbs up to 20' high all down the plot in some of the bigger trees.

I would experiment. Usually clovers are pretty shade tolerant. Try it this year and if it doesn't grow, if possible, cut back some trees if you are really serious about growing something in there.
DBaker is offline  
Old 07-28-2008, 08:04 PM
  #3  
Typical Buck
 
TRACKER's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 879
Default RE: Sunlight

I like abought 6 hrs of sun mimimum..
TRACKER is offline  
Old 07-28-2008, 10:11 PM
  #4  
Nontypical Buck
 
farm hunter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: cazenovia, NY USA
Posts: 2,973
Default RE: Sunlight

My experience with shady roadways - is that clovers, rye, etc will grow - but that tonnage is greatly reduced. Maybe helps to proved a "walking snack" to a doe an her fawns - but probably doesn't support them all for the year. Its really tough to compare shaded woodland plots with field plots as far as what can be accomplished - but definitely they can serve apurpose - I always plant a few.



FH
farm hunter is offline  
Old 07-29-2008, 06:23 PM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: SW Ohio
Posts: 122
Default RE: Sunlight

If you can get a wooded plot to yield some tonnage you will have a great plot. The deer will feel secure. On my gasline plot I am planting Green Patch Plus which is a mix of oats, winter wheat and brassicas. Even if the plants only get to half of their potential, it still should serve the purpose of a hunting plot. I have heard that turnips do not need a lot of sun, so I am hoping they will take off. The oats and WW I am a little concerned.

I talked to a guy on QDMA forums and he told me I would be ok, just get the seed broadcasted a little earlier since it will take longer for growth. For me to get good sunlight in there I would have to cut back several big oaks and hickories....... that isn't happening.
DBaker is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.