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#5942885 - 09/23/15 01:40 PM Food plot
bornforit Offline
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Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 262
Loc: Longview, Tx
Anyone have success in a river bottom planting a food plot.

Here in East Texas its a black gumbo soil that dries out and cracks. Gets plenty of light, just near impossible to till. Wandering if there is anything I can do or if its even worth doing?


Edited by bornforit (09/23/15 02:19 PM)

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#5942913 - 09/23/15 02:05 PM Re: Food plot [Re: bornforit]
Dadeo Offline
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Registered: 09/12/14
Posts: 57
Would like to know myself.

I hunt in the YEGA bottom, sounds like the exact soil.

Mine get wet and stays that way all winter.

Too dry and hard and too many big cracks to even try and plant right now.

I was thinking myabe wheat and some kind of clover.

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#5942927 - 09/23/15 02:20 PM Re: Food plot [Re: bornforit]
bornforit Offline
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Registered: 12/11/06
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Sounds exactly like where I hunt. Take off walking and your 6 inches taller in no time.

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#5942931 - 09/23/15 02:21 PM Re: Food plot [Re: bornforit]
bornforit Offline
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Registered: 12/11/06
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I know this sounds lazy, but since its impossible to till a throw and grow would be awesome. Was just hoping some one would be able to chime in and give their experience on it.

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#5942983 - 09/23/15 02:58 PM Re: Food plot [Re: bornforit]
Dadeo Offline
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Registered: 09/12/14
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I was told vetch would work but this would be my first year to try and plant.

Don't know anything about it. ( cost ect )

I did the throw and grow and it came up but then got too wet , like ankle deep water standing.

That was the end of the throw and grow.

Deer seem to love that bottom and being wet does not bother them.

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#5945773 - 09/25/15 08:15 AM Re: Food plot [Re: bornforit]
jjason Offline
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Registered: 09/19/10
Posts: 51
Loc: Garland Tx
We plant several plot acres of wheat or Triticale every year in East Texas. Also have one food plot that is in the river bottom (1.25 Acers) that has been planted for the last 15 yrs or so. Yes it was difficult to break up at first with a bottom plow , then disked again. But it is worth it. If you don't have a bottom or deep plow , you could just disk/Till it several times to break a few inches of top soil.

I am assuming this late in the game you are not doing a soil test so you should probably just dump lime to assure you have a high PH. Maybe add some 13-13-13 if you want but definitely dump 1/2 to 1 ton of lime per acre. Wheat will grow in less than a inch of cultivated/tilled soil. Its a pain to start a plot in bottom land but if you have access to equipment its not to bad and those bottom deer love a plot in the middle of the woods that they feel safe stepping into.

Good luck..


Edited by jjason (09/25/15 08:16 AM)

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