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#6358750 - 07/05/16 11:33 AM Food Plot Question
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So I am planting my first food plot at my lease.

I will have a tractor and a disc for the weened of July 22nd from a friend. I will prep 1/2 an acer of a 2 acer meadow to plant a food plot.

I am thinking of mixing radish and turnips.

There is no water source for me to consistantly water the food plot. How do you think it will do being planted at the end of July.

I will have a water tank with be to initially water the new needs once planted.

Thoughts? Thank you!


Edited by jtprocaddie (07/05/16 11:33 AM)
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#6358815 - 07/05/16 12:26 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Where is your lease?

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#6358817 - 07/05/16 12:27 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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I am not sure you will get any growth planting in the hottest part of the summer unless there is some rain thrown in and then more rain within a couple of weeks or it will merely get started then burn up. We used to plant in the dust in mid-late September, seeds would lay dormant until the first wet front would blow thru. we would then pray for more rain within another couple of weeks to help.
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#6358846 - 07/05/16 12:59 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Id just mow it down and start getting things ready. then plant in a few months
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#6358873 - 07/05/16 01:24 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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I start disking in September and try to plant the first week of October if there is decent moisture in the ground.

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#6359690 - 07/06/16 07:47 AM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: swmays]
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Originally Posted By: swmays
Where is your lease?


About 1.5 hours north of Houston.
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#6359692 - 07/06/16 07:49 AM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Maybe I will just Disc it now to get rid fo the grass and start prepping ect.. Then Plant in September so it will be ready the first part of October.
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#6359792 - 07/06/16 08:59 AM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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That's what I would do, but I'd add oats as a nurse crop. Oats/wheat will be available as soon as they sprout. Biggest draw for turnips from what I understand, is after the bulb matures later in the fall with it's higher sugar content.
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#6359798 - 07/06/16 09:04 AM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Tear up and clean up the soil then plant in mid September
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#6359844 - 07/06/16 09:47 AM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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It's too hot to plant. This time of year, I take Roundup to where my food plot will be to kill off all the weeds and grasses that will choke out my plot. 2 weeks later, I'll rake off the dead weeds, then test my soil. I would highly suggest waiting till about 2 weeks before the opener to plant.

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#6359943 - 07/06/16 11:18 AM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: Streater]
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Originally Posted By: Streater
It's too hot to plant. This time of year, I take Roundup to where my food plot will be to kill off all the weeds and grasses that will choke out my plot. 2 weeks later, I'll rake off the dead weeds, then test my soil. I would highly suggest waiting till about 2 weeks before the opener to plant.


So will grass killer hurt the soil for when its time to plant plot?
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#6360037 - 07/06/16 12:57 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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or merely shred the weeds and plow them in. that will form a natural compost for the soil. Then plow & plant out in Sept. when you see a cool wet front heading your way. I used feed oats for years, a bit less germination rating than seed oats but considerably less expensive. I usually add in turnip, clover, chicory and field peas.
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#6365818 - 07/11/16 03:28 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Originally Posted By: jtprocaddie
Originally Posted By: Streater
It's too hot to plant. This time of year, I take Roundup to where my food plot will be to kill off all the weeds and grasses that will choke out my plot. 2 weeks later, I'll rake off the dead weeds, then test my soil. I would highly suggest waiting till about 2 weeks before the opener to plant.


So will grass killer hurt the soil for when its time to plant plot?


I've used Roundup in the past and it did not bother the new growth at all.

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#6365856 - 07/11/16 03:53 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Round up will not hurt the soil at all. But as others have said, wait until at least mid September to plant.
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#6365865 - 07/11/16 04:02 PM Re: Food Plot Question [Re: jtprocaddie]
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Yup. Get the seed bed ready is about all you can do right now.
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