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cut my oats?

Old 08-21-2004, 04:29 PM
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I planted a food plot of oats in june. In hind site i would have waited till about this time, but should i cut them and hope for regrowth or take my lumps and learn
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Old 08-21-2004, 05:55 PM
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If you cut them you will not get regrowth, yjey will be done. If you want winter feed then disc them under and sow winter wheat in about a month or so and it should be some size by winter...
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Old 08-21-2004, 08:24 PM
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If they are Brown and the seeds are dry - You might try brushogging the plot - then disking to expose a decent amount of soil. I do this sometimes with Rye, but it really depends on how much sod has developed - too much grasses and you won't get much re-seeding.

Here's is a Sept 2003 picture of the Fall 2002 Rye planting in the foreground. I left strips of Mature rye standing for bedding - but probably wouldn't do it again. I didn't see any real benefit - It would've been better to have more Young Rye.



Its doubtfull that leaving them standing will provide any use for deer, other than low bedding - so you may as well cut it anyhow.

The young oats will die off in the winter - but should provide some good fall forage - If you do it right now - you might be able to overseed it with a clover at the same time - and have a decent clover plot next summer.

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