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#6240454 - 03/29/16 01:29 PM First Attempt at a Food Plot
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I created a small food plot this spring to see if I can get some deer coming in. I have a very low deer population and hope this helps draw them in. I want to also get away from loud spin feeders because I think the big, smart bucks stay away from them. I planted 1/3 Tyrone soybeans, 1/3 red ripper cowpeas, and 1/3 iron and clay cowpeas. The plot is just about 1/2 an acre but I didn't want to waste a bunch of money if this doesn't help. Now I just need some rain and a little luck.

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#6240463 - 03/29/16 01:39 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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Looking good!!! Did you do a soil sample and fertilize or lime from the soil test?
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#6240709 - 03/29/16 05:18 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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#6240815 - 03/29/16 06:47 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ETXFIREMAN 1]
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Looking good!!! Did you do a soil sample and fertilize or lime from the soil test?


Seed inoculated?

Looks like a mighty fine seed bed you did. If there are deer there, you will know this fall with a oat/wheat plot.
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#6240828 - 03/29/16 06:54 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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#6240847 - 03/29/16 07:05 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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#6240849 - 03/29/16 07:05 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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#6240855 - 03/29/16 07:07 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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#6241042 - 03/29/16 08:49 PM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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Nice looking plot. I hope it comes in strong for you.

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#6241256 - 03/30/16 07:00 AM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: stxranchman]
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#6241281 - 03/30/16 07:21 AM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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Good looking plot, if your out by PK you should have decent deer & Turkey in your area and the plot will draw them in up
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#6241410 - 03/30/16 08:50 AM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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I wish now that I would have sent a soil sample in and got a fertilizer down. But I did inoculate the seeds. I used the N-Type on the cowpeas and Soybean inoculant on the soybeans. We got a good rain here this morning so I hope by next week I will have some sprouts coming up.

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#6241421 - 03/30/16 09:00 AM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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Good looking plot. I used to put in food plots, but now with all the hogs having moved into our area, if we till it and plant it, the hogs just come in and destroy it. Good luck!

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#6241428 - 03/30/16 09:05 AM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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Pen a circle off in the middle off it that the deer cant get to.... im betting they eat it down pretty quick and that way youll be able to see the progress vs what they are eating
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#6241455 - 03/30/16 09:19 AM Re: First Attempt at a Food Plot [Re: ZMS]
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Originally Posted By: ZMS
I wish now that I would have sent a soil sample in and got a fertilizer down. But I did inoculate the seeds. I used the N-Type on the cowpeas and Soybean inoculant on the soybeans. We got a good rain here this morning so I hope by next week I will have some sprouts coming up.


You used the inoculate, so that will help a bunch. The bacteria will help those plants fix the nitrogen better and should do you a good job.

You can still get the soil sample anytime (before you do any treatments) then you will have an idea if you put in a fall plot.

Easiest DIY is found on this page through A&M, look on the bottom for the links "Submittal forms" and You probably want test form SP16 so you can note what crop you will plant (they will recommend fert. rates for that crop) Sample taking instructions are below the form on the same page. Then just mail it in with payment and you will know in 10- 14 days.

A&M link

http://soiltesting.tamu.edu/


Edited by Western (03/30/16 09:20 AM)
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