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Old 05-05-2004, 05:19 AM
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I bought a bag of powr plant from the whitetail institute to try in northeast minnesota for part of my annuals to go along with the alfalfa and clover. After reading the seed content it looks as if you could buy all the seeds seperate and make your own mix a bit cheaper. Contents in bag are
1) Soybeans....variety tyron...45%
2) Cowpeas....Iron clay...29%
3) lablab...dolichos rongar...14%
4) sorgum...wgf....8%
5) sunflower..black oil peredovick....8%

cant wait to plant the stuff in one of my annual plots , my other annual plot will be a mixture of brassicas.

Now to the question did anyone try this product last year? what kind of results did you get?
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Old 05-05-2004, 10:15 AM
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I tried it last year when it first came out. Planted about an acre in the middle of May. It did absolutely horrible. The sunflowers didn't grow the beans didn't grow. I am not sure if the deer ate them off before they had a chance but I also have 4 acres of clover right beside of it so who knows. The sorghum did fine but the acre looked like some sorghum planted sporadically with large bare spots in between.

I have had success with other products from the whitetail institute.
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Old 05-08-2004, 07:27 PM
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What was your soil ph? I hope the deer dont eat it before it gets started, that was the marketing gimmick that sold me. If thats the case I will respond with the vigor of a coked up teenager on viagra in sending hate mail to the whitetail institute. ...jk
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Old 05-09-2004, 05:42 AM
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I planted PP alongside a stand of Biologic's and Tecomate's bean and pea mix. The were all eaten to the ground before they could develop. I only had 1.5 ac in total plantings. I realize that's not much with my deer population. My friend from work planted 4 acres of PowerPlant about 10 miles from my place and his did great. I got to hunt his place and it still had beans on it in November. The only difference in his and mine was the number of acres planted. He told me he had tried straight beans the two prior years and he was wiped out before the plants got 4" tall. He's planting PP again this year.

The guy at the co-op I trade with said last year was the toughest he could remember for spring/summer crops. It was the coldest and wetest in 30 years. I know too much rain isn't good for beans etc and a frost after they germinate is guaranteed death.

I'm sure the products are sound but nothing can totally withstand huge deer pressure and all the other problems from last spring. I read back over the info from Whit. Inst. and it said it can "withstand some grazing pressure" I think I needed more acerage. I don't have enough open acreage to plant more than 2 acres so I put in something else.
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