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Old 12-08-2009, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by halfbakedi420
this is your 1st step, it dont matter what ya wanna grow , cause if your soil aint right then you will be wasting time and money...i have heard the nightmares about all the work wiih poor results because no soil test..i did the test, tuned out i just had to add some 13-13-13 to my soil, that was easy...another guy in west texas had to bring in ..lye or lime..i dont member which one...costed him out the wazzooo, but it is the nicest plot i ever been on...mine is just 50 yards long by 15 yards wide..it is thick and growin strong..i will get bigger every year.took us a whole day to till it up..sheww weee...
ps, make sure you are gonna plant when there is definitely water gonna get on it..i rented a gas powered pump and hoses and we pumped out the creek, stayed fer the labor day weekend and watered 3-4 days in a row..dont chunk your seed out hoping it will rain
Just curious... What did you plant? How long does it take the deer to fully eat it down? And do you see a lot more deer in that area because of the plot now?
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:01 PM
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Originally Posted by bigwhitetailbuck
Just curious... What did you plant? How long does it take the deer to fully eat it down? And do you see a lot more deer in that area because of the plot now?

i used tecomonte plot, they have a map of the zones of what they recommend, i used max attract on 1 side of my hill, and monster mix on the other,big side is 50X15...small side is is 10X20...whichever the big bag is i have on the big area, small bag on the small area..cant remember which is which...as far as deer go, i dont know that i have seen more deer, but this stuff is gonna be good next year on up to 7 years..so that is corn i dont have to buy anymore, and its healthier for the deer...when the deer arnt hittin the feeders, which was most of this year so far cause the acorns are still ripe, they were still hittin the plot..


i would say step 2 is asking the farmers what the deer are eating from their crops the most..just plot that and you'll be in good shape.i am planting corn stalks next year for about a 20X15 yrd area above my existing plot, eventually i will have all 281X15-20 yards of plot gl
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:16 PM
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Originally Posted by halfbakedi420
i used tecomonte plot, they have a map of the zones of what they recommend, i used max attract on 1 side of my hill, and monster mix on the other,big side is 50X15...small side is is 10X20...whichever the big bag is i have on the big area, small bag on the small area..cant remember which is which...as far as deer go, i dont know that i have seen more deer, but this stuff is gonna be good next year on up to 7 years..so that is corn i dont have to buy anymore, and its healthier for the deer...when the deer arnt hittin the feeders, which was most of this year so far cause the acorns are still ripe, they were still hittin the plot..


i would say step 2 is asking the farmers what the deer are eating from their crops the most..just plot that and you'll be in good shape.i am planting corn stalks next year for about a 20X15 yrd area above my existing plot, eventually i will have all 281X15-20 yards of plot gl
Many of the farmers plant corn, but I have also heard alot of farmers plant soybeans, but they are a few miles from my property. I dont think I would be able to pull off planting corn though... Dont you have to plant them in rows and all by hand if you dont have the equipment?
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:20 PM
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And for soybeans, do I have to plant in rows or can I throw them on the ground or spread with a seed thrower? If I can do it, I am going to plant all 1.5 acres with soybeans. For them to last into hunting season, can I plant in the spring or fall?
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:30 PM
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Soybeans can be broadcast seeded and will do fine, I have done it several times. Spread them, and then cover them with a drag or disk them into the soil. They need warm weather, so they should be planted around June. Fence off an area if you want to make sure that some last until fall.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Soilman
Soybeans can be broadcast seeded and will do fine, I have done it several times. Spread them, and then cover them with a drag or disk them into the soil. They need warm weather, so they should be planted around June. Fence off an area if you want to make sure that some last until fall.

i was thinkin like a frame with chicken wire on it layin down over the crop, then lift it up when season opens?
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Exactly. Lift the framed chicken wire off the crop opening day by putting a stick with a string under one side. Hide in the bushes, and pull out the stick when deer go under the chicken wire. It worked really well for Willie Coyote.
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:58 PM
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Originally Posted by halfbakedi420
i was thinkin like a frame with chicken wire on it layin down over the crop, then lift it up when season opens?
What? I dont quite get what your saying here. Are you trying to say cover it up before season and then take it off when it opens? I want the deer to get used to the plot before season so I wouldnt do that. I also want them to get the nutrition from it.

Thanks for all of the info halfbaked and soilman!
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Soilman
Exactly. Lift the framed chicken wire off the crop opening day by putting a stick with a string under one side. Hide in the bushes, and pull out the stick when deer go under the chicken wire. It worked really well for Willie Coyote.


lol now thats funny..i am jus sayin cover a few areas with a chiken wire net so there will be some left for fall lol.just like puttin a cage around a small area to see how much the plot woulda grown if the deer wernt there...then you take off the 3 inch cover when season opens..wont this allow for the area to grow thicker than if the deer are eatin on it all the time.. you said fence it off..well here we fence the cows out but the deer can jump right in.. so i a tryin to come up with a solution..
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:49 PM
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I am planning to use a fence similar to this one http://www.purplehull.com/Deer.htm but with a taller non-electric inner fence this year. I can't vouch for this working, but I think it has potential.
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