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#5690295 - 04/08/15 01:36 PM Sorghum question
George - w/ Map My Ranch Offline
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Was just given a few bags of sorghum to try out at our ranch...haven't planted it before. Have any of y'all tried it out? I've heard dove have enjoyed it, as do deer when the seed matures in the fall.
What's your thoughts/experiences with planting sorghum?
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#5690477 - 04/08/15 03:04 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Dove magnet. Use to hunt over sorghum fields in Hamilton. Thousands of birds.

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#5690504 - 04/08/15 03:11 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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I don't know yet. But last weekend I planted some to see how it works out. I planted it for the dove, and we will see how the deer like it.

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#5690563 - 04/08/15 03:49 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Deer will graze it a bit when it is 3-4", then return when the seeds darken. Dove will run you out of the field if you get in their way. If you don't want to go to the trouble, send me the bags grin
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#5690578 - 04/08/15 03:57 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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as others stated, deer seem to like it young and then after seeds darken. Doves loves it. I have planted in my fall food crops mixed with a variety of other seeds and the deer are okay with it but once other things start coming up, the sorghum gets left alone.
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#5690623 - 04/08/15 04:20 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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Originally Posted By: George - w/ Map My Ranch
Was just given a few bags of sorghum to try out at our ranch...haven't planted it before. Have any of y'all tried it out? I've heard dove have enjoyed it, as do deer when the seed matures in the fall.
What's your thoughts/experiences with planting sorghum?



Waste for deer. More of a cover crop. I've killed deer bedded in standing milo but they don't perfer it as a food source

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#5690716 - 04/08/15 05:31 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: Western]
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Originally Posted By: Western
Deer will graze it a bit when it is 3-4", then return when the seeds darken. Dove will run you out of the field if you get in their way. If you don't want to go to the trouble, send me the bags grin


X2

Our renter plants our west fields in cotton or sorghum, we get a lot more deer traffic when he plants the sorghum.
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#5690896 - 04/08/15 07:24 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: dogcatcher]
joedav31 Offline
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Do not plant sorghum if you have any ill conceived notion that it
will benefit deer. It won't. Trust me. They only touch it at a certain growth stage and that is a very small window


Edited by joedav31 (04/08/15 07:29 PM)

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#5690920 - 04/08/15 07:37 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: joedav31]
joedav31 Offline
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At least that's our experience

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#5690949 - 04/08/15 08:01 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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My father in law planted a summer blend last year with millet, milo and clover in North Central Missouri. He mowed half of it a week before dove and had a great week of dove hunting. Later in winter, the deer ate the tops of the milo pretty good. They absolutely killed the oats and winter peas on his fall plots. So, not sure how to gauge the effectiveness of the Milo.

I am going to try a summer blend with soybeans/lablab/milo/brassicas on one of my 1 acre plots next week. On 500 acres that is 80% post oaks, we have 3 alfalfa/clover perennial plots, 4 soybean or lablab plots (doing 2 of each to test) (Spring/Summer) and 3 Oat/wheat/turnip plots (Fall/Winter). This does not include the test plot I talked about above. Should be 10 to 12 acres total planted. May not sound like much, but we have plenty of natural groceries with 35" of annual rainfall. All but 2 of the plots are "kill plots".

BTW, Milo and Sorghum are the same thing.

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#5690970 - 04/08/15 08:15 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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I thought sorghum was a tree, guess I have a lot to learn.
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#5690995 - 04/08/15 08:28 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
noland Offline
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Its a little early to plant it for dove hunting it only takes about 90 days to mature and head out. But it works great.

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#5692068 - 04/09/15 12:14 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
George - w/ Map My Ranch Offline
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Thanks, everyone! We got an acre planted just to test out for the moment - and will likely find a prime spot to drop some to be better timed for the dove opener.
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#5692207 - 04/09/15 01:11 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: George - w/ Map My Ranch]
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I do mix in sorghum/milo with corn in my spin feeders but that's more for the turkey, about a half a bag hand stirred in to 5-6 bags of corn. I don't think coons like it much either
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#5692824 - 04/09/15 07:23 PM Re: Sorghum question [Re: Beaubien]
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Originally Posted By: Beaubien
I thought sorghum was a tree, guess I have a lot to learn.


Depending on where you live, sorghum is also called Maize. I only pointed this out because many commercial bags of food plot seed call it Milo. Believe it or not, many people don't all the names that various crops are called.

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