Wildlife Management / Food Plots This forum is about all wildlife management including deer, food plots, land management, predators etc.
View Poll Results: Which option
Option 1
0
0%
Option 2
2
40.00%
Option 3
1
20.00%
Other and please post.
2
40.00%
Voters: 5. You may not vote on this poll

cultipack first or not?

Old 08-02-2017, 10:53 AM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 18
Default cultipack first or not?

All,
Im about to till my fields to grow 3 food plots. One food plot of oats, rye and white clover. One plot of mixture of brassicas/turnips. And one plot of wheat, rye and clover. I was told clover should only be broadcasted after the tilled field has been cultipacked or else it can be lost in the soil. so basically you would till, cultipack, broadcast clover, cultipack again. My question is when should I broadcast the oats, wheat, rye and brassicas?

This is what I have been told by others so far:

Option 1- TILL. BROADCAST oats, wheat, rye, Brassicas. CULTIPACK. BROADCAST clover. CULTIPACK again.

Option 2- TILL. BROADCAST oats, wheat, rye. CULTIPACK. BROADCAST clover and brassicas. CULTIPACK again.

Option 3- TILL. CULTIPACK. BROADCAST everything. CULTIPACK.

Last edited by Bigeclipse; 08-02-2017 at 10:55 AM.
Bigeclipse is offline  
Old 08-02-2017, 01:01 PM
  #2  
Boone & Crockett
 
Semisane's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: River Ridge, LA (Suburb of New Orleans)
Posts: 10,824
Default

The one option you did not include is the one I would use.

OPTION 4 - Till, broadcast everything, cultipack.
Semisane is offline  
Old 08-02-2017, 01:18 PM
  #3  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Nov 2014
Posts: 1,627
Default

I'd do option #3, and then PRAY for rain!

NOW< I am NOT sure if your missing a step here or not

BUT I would also be adding any lime or fertilizer based on a soil test result?
if lime is needed I'd add before tilling,
fertilizer I would add after tilling and cultipack and then seed and cultipack again,
done this dozens of times over the past 30 yr sstarted planting food plots in 1988, was one of whitetail Institute first testing guys in PA )
mrbb is offline  
Old 08-19-2017, 01:57 PM
  #4  
Giant Nontypical
 
North Texan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: a van down by the river
Posts: 8,885
Default

I would agree with Semi. I would till, broadcast, then cultipack. I wouldn't want to broadcast into a firm seedbed. I would want to broadcast, then firm the seedbed. It should get better coverage. I would always place cultipacking as the last option.

I don't ever broadcast seed, as I have a drill. But a drill really does the same thing. It creates a furrow, plants in the furrow, then covers and packs with the press wheels coming along behind as the last step.
North Texan is offline  
Old 08-21-2017, 01:38 PM
  #5  
Spike
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: Huntington WV
Posts: 12
Default

Personally, I would till, broadcast the wheat, oats and rye, cultipack and then just broadcast the brassicas and clover on top and let the rain take over.
Masoncountybow is offline  
Old 09-23-2017, 12:07 PM
  #6  
Spike
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 20
Default

#5
I would till
broadcast oats, wheat, rye
use a drag to cover larger seeds
cultipack to firm soil for the sowing of small seed
broadcast brassica-clover small seed
re-cultipack

This what I do and have good results.
Grumpy Old Guy is offline  
Old 02-04-2018, 06:53 PM
  #7  
Spike
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Posts: 8
Default

I definitely wouldn't cultipack first before you spread the big seed. You need a fluffier seed bed to push the larger seed into the ground. I like option 2 the best, that way you don't push the smaller seed too far into the ground.
bhunt3 is offline  
Old 02-05-2018, 09:27 AM
  #8  
Nontypical Buck
 
MudderChuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Germany/Calif.
Posts: 2,216
Default

Something to keep in mind is many Wheat varieties don't need to be planted, they dig themselves in if the soil isn't solid compact. Rye is also pretty much throw and grow. I've planted Oats in the fall and the winter kill plant matter makes a nice bed for Oats and Wheat in the spring. Deer will feed on the winter killed Oat stalks.

Just an idea, plant the depth sensitive seeds first, them broadcast the Wheat and Rye last. Birds may be a problem.

I've always planted Clover as a stand alone plot. The soil where I plant needs a lot of Lyme for Clover to thrive. The Wheat, Oats and Rye not so much.

I often plant patches in a larger plot. Most plants tolerate their own kind, mixed plots can be iffy. Or research a little to find out which plants grow well together and which don't.
MudderChuck 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 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.