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Food plot? #4082533 02/25/13 10:23 PM
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We hunt Haskell county and I was thinking about maybe trying to get a food plot a try... Got a problem though with how dry it can be year round and was wondering if maybe any of you guys knew something that could be planted that needs just a little rain to get going



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I would get some soil samples first then talk to my county extension agent. IME with drier areas I usually like to plant fall plots with combos of small grains and clovers/legumes. I pick several varieties of clover that will grow in cool season for some and then others that will go dormant in cooler times and then grow better in warmer temps. Lab Lab is a good choice for dry areas for spring plots but it needs some protection till it gets a good root system. I prefer to plant fall only since we tend to get some good fall rains and then some other rains at times. The added benefit of less heat and shorter days helps plots a bunch. You can also talk to the guys at Turner Seed Co for their help.


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Thanks for the response stx... Question, by fall plot is it one that you plant in the fall or something you plant earlier so its up and coming in the fall. They've gotten soil samples before many years ago so I'd have to ask. Maybe check again so it was so long ago?



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Yes by fall I mean a plot you put in during Sept or Oct and plant it with a mix of seeds that have a chance to grow on into early summer with timely rains. Legumes have a great root system. Another soil sample would be great so you could put on it what you are going to plant to help them specify fertilizer to your specific needs for those plants/soils.


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haskell..cactus city. maybe plant the watering holes. a pump will work if ya have 3 days to keep it wet..labor day weekend? get it germinated and cross fingers.


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Praying for rain and farming equals lost farms. Never understood why they planted out west without irrigation and then complained about no harvest. Long story short, your place is a great candid for "Food Plot in a can" aka protein gravity feeder.

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Appreciate it stx, talk to them and they said the soil ph was around 7.0 somewhere and a farmer who owned the place before said September is one of their wettest months so that might be the best bet

Lol there ain't much cactus came back since the fire swept through a while back

And we've got 2 gravity feeders on the place and they ain't hitting it like they used too so I'm trying to figure another alternative... I know it's a long shot but you ain't gonna hear complaining from me cause I know the chances but if we can time it just right and make it happen I might get a little excited, thanks for the advice though



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My place gets above average rainfall for the Texas/Oklahoma area, but I still have a couple gravity feeders in place just in case my plots don't grow. With all the rain lately, the deer are barely hitting my feeders. I put a cam on the food plots and have tons of pics on them. Long story short, food plots are better if you can get them to grow, but it is nice to have a backup plan in case they don't.

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With that recent fire and some rains after it the new growth you have is what the deer are keying in on. The first year after a fire is the best for the deer. Fall/winter rains at the right times can mean lots of winter weeds(forb) growth. Nothing better for the deer than that. Like Pittstate said above I would have both in place just in case you don't get the rains. In Texas we are always in the next drought until it rains again then the next drought starts.


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