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#6883323 - 09/10/17 01:27 PM Food plot help
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Registered: 12/21/14
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Loc: Dallas
I have never done one before but thinking about it this year. Our land is in bastrop county. What would be good to plant?

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#6883342 - 09/10/17 02:22 PM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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We used to have a place in Bastrop county and now we're next door in Lee county. I've tried the high dollar stuff you see advertised on tv and it's ok but the last couple years I've been using a generic mix from our local feed store. Rye grass, oats, peas, some clover. I want to add some turnips this year if I can find some seed.

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#6884038 - 09/11/17 10:33 AM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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I do pretty much the same thing every year on my 2 1/2 food plot. 1/3 peas, 1/3 oats and 1/3 wheat, seems to work out just fine up
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#6884644 - 09/11/17 08:30 PM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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Alot depends on what type of equipment you have also. If you have access to a tractor and disc then you've got alot of options. If tilling is not an option then you might consider elbon rye. There are also some packages of foodplot seed that you can get that don't require tilling. Just pay close attention to the recomended planting depth of whatever you buy as it can make or break your success.

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#6884726 - 09/11/17 09:57 PM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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Check the sticker that manufacturers are required to put on the bags to show exactly what type of seeds are in them. You may find that some of the more expensive stuff with fancy deer hunting labels is 80% rye grass. You could just buy a bag of rye grass and get a lot more seed for a lot less $$$.

I plant oats and then scatter in a bag of greens or some other small mixture of the stuff packaged for hunters after checking the bag to make sure it's not mostly rye with a small percentage of what's touted on the front of the package.

Also, be sure to buy "seed" oats or other seed that's been packaged and prepared specifically for planting. Feed store salespeople can be notorious for selling "feed" oats and telling the buyer they're "the same thing" and just as good for planting. They are not and will not germinate near as well as true seed oats. Obviously, they do this to make a sale when they don't have seed oats in supply.


Edited by Texas Dan (09/12/17 07:34 AM)
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#6885171 - 09/12/17 12:57 PM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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I have been using FEED oats for years with pretty good success plus they are considerably cheaper than SEED oats. germination is only 7-10% difference with feed being lower.
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#6886323 - 09/13/17 12:44 PM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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I would definitely plant SEED oats. I would also recommend 150 pounds of 15-5-10 fertilizer per 1/4 acre. Oats would be the best attractant that would tolerate over grazing and heat/dry conditions.

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#6886720 - 09/13/17 08:23 PM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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#6886731 - 09/13/17 08:31 PM Re: Food plot help [Re: aggiegolfer09]
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I would just go to the feed store and get oats or wheat. That's what we plant every year. No need in buying high price seeds from academy.

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