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#5997214 - 10/27/15 04:26 PM Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and....
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I knew the seed would sit, but really wanted it up and going good for opening day. Well started raining last Friday as you N Texans know, so 5" of rain and 5 days and the plot is off banana

Did notice the surface and sub surface seed up 2-3", should even get thicker when the deeper seed reach the top. A couple days for the roots to get the fertilizer and it's off to the races.

1st photo is my primary plot, second really has me stoked since it is only been in use since last summer, really good dirt on top, but dries out easier. Deer have trampled my main plot in anticipation I suppose..My inspecter checking on things as well.




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#5997225 - 10/27/15 04:33 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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cheers Going to look really great in 2 weeks. I got 3.08" on Saturday so I am waiting for mine to start out of the ground. I drilled it a bit deeper this year with the hope of hitting enough deep moisture to sprout, but that did not work. I hope mine did not sprout and then die frown
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#5997240 - 10/27/15 04:44 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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Same plots as last year? Pretty flat iirc, you should do great and probably pass me with longer warm temps. BTW, deepest I have ever got away with, as far as wheat and oats, is about just over an inch, have had beans, lab lab and peas down to 2" and they did great after about 10 days.
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#5997251 - 10/27/15 04:49 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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I have planted in mixed sandy land 3" or bit more with great results. Here I planted 2-2.5" like last year. Some might have been 3" in spots. Same plots as last year with 2 having a gentle slope to one end and one being mostly flat.
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#5997322 - 10/27/15 05:14 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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Never went that deep, you probably beat the odds with the sand.

Of course seed size plays a big role in the plants vigor and ability to beat the dirt. The one alfalfa plot I had in Erath Co, was in black clay with small sand layer on top (old cotton farm land) I did better nearly planting on top in that thick stuff, even oats and corn I could get real shallow. Crap would dry like concrete.
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#5997328 - 10/27/15 05:18 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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125#/acre of oats and peas is a lot of seeds on 6" centers. So it has a lot of plants emerging at the same time. Sandy soils is never really a problem since you can't get a hard packing rains or get crusty soils. Here I took a chance going about .5-1" deeper than last year. Luckly it did not rain hard and should not crust over. If I get rain Friday, Sat and/or Sun then it will really help the deeper seeds. I did not roll and pack the fields either this year like I did last year. So it was not a firm seed bed.
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#5997341 - 10/27/15 05:24 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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We are getting more rain this weekend, may come up from your part of the world, IDK.

I have been thinking about building myself a cultipacker, I think I could use less effort discing deep and just disc 3-4", drag and pac. I have such an erosion problem in my main plot it is a PITA.
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#5997644 - 10/27/15 08:02 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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Good to see you guys having good results. We planted a little deeper this year, but seeded heavy. We probably got 6-7" of rain last weekend. I believe we'RE good to go.
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#5997843 - 10/27/15 09:38 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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My food plot was in the same situation, sitting in dust since last weekend of September. Got some good rain last weekend, about 2 inches, so I am hoping to have some germination by this weekend when more rain is supposed to hit. Should give those young roots something to drink. Should have some good green stubble this weekend.

Glad your plot is coming up well.

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#5998005 - 10/27/15 10:40 PM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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Looking good. The rain and morning dew point will really help get that plot up quick!
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#5998097 - 10/28/15 05:26 AM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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Western your plot is starting to look good up

Chicokid and I planted Oct. 3rd. (Jacksboro) Chico had his fields all tilled way before planting and used a seed drill to plant. I on the other hand disced the heck out of my now weed field then spread using a fertilizer buggy then rolled it in.

Needless to say Chicokids fields starting coming in about 2 weeks ago, I only had a few sprouts as of last weekend. Got our first rain since planting 4.5" so hopefully it will look good opening weekend.
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#5998147 - 10/28/15 06:52 AM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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#5998244 - 10/28/15 07:52 AM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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#5998451 - 10/28/15 09:58 AM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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With the amount of rain we got, I think we will all be OK, I'd have been happy with 1", but glad we got more. It was getting pretty dry around here again.
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#5998475 - 10/28/15 10:20 AM Re: Food plot sits in dust for 5 weeks, one good rain and.... [Re: Western]
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Looking good. Should be really good in a couple weeks up
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