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Food Plot Prep. #7584575 08/20/19 02:36 PM
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Need y’all to settle a debate!

So we’re about to start preparing our plots for the season. We have clover, turnips, and oats going in.

I say brush hog, then spray, then come back in a few weeks to disc since the grown coverage from the dead grass will be at its minimum and the disc will get good soil contact.

My hunting buddy says spray then come back and brush hog and disc.

What do y’all think? What’s worked best for you?

Please keep in mind our plots are currently cover broom weed and wild grass about 24in high.

Thanks in advance.


Re: Food Plot Prep. [Re: Wreckem04] #7584626 08/20/19 03:38 PM
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Try the "no till" method. Spray, then a week or two later broadcast your seed into the standing dead grass, then brush hog the dead grass or flatten it over the seed with a roller or drag. Don't disc.

I've been on the no till train for the last seven years. It works. It builds better top soil. It takes less effort. Go to YouTube and search "no till food plots for deer".


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Re: Food Plot Prep. [Re: Wreckem04] #7584833 08/20/19 08:16 PM
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with grass that high brush hog and let it blow away the next couple weeks...then disc.... with the weather the way it is not much is gonna grow right now when you disc or even after you mow...

Re: Food Plot Prep. [Re: Wreckem04] #7584835 08/20/19 08:20 PM
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This is what I always do and it has always worked for me.
Week 1. brush hog
Week 2. spray
Week 3. Do nothing, letting spray do its work.
week 4. plow
week 5 plow again and broadcast seed and fertilizer
week 6 Most important...pray for rain.

I just finished week one on August 18. this gets me planting about the 21st of September.
Some of my results: 1st plot is oats in Eastland county, 2nd is winter peas in East Texas in Cass County
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Re: Food Plot Prep. [Re: Wreckem04] #7585193 08/21/19 03:55 AM
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I hunt Timber Company land. They don't allow us to spray. I doubt they's let me lime either.

I don't have a disk, just a box blade. I have to use my bucket to clean up the larger stuff once I brush hog. I was able to clean mine up in pretty good when I planted May with no spraying. My Cowpeas came up pretty good with not to many weeds.

I need to get a disk. I have a couple of 100/200 yard shooting lanes I could plant quite a bit. So far dropping the rakes on my box blade as done ok for my little patches I have planted.

I wish I could spray, it would make things much easier. Hope to plant more cowpeas and a little qtr acre patch of mean bean mix, soy beans and other stuff I can't remember.

I'm going to try that throw and go stuff in one small place a I have a tripod I want to bow hunt. But going to bust up the ground and clean up best I can then throw it out and see if it grows.

I have a bag of some kind of Clover that are tiny seeds. Would dang near have to do throw and go with them. Was told not to plant clover to deep.

I need to plant something for my turkeys, have quite a few for east Texas. I would guess Milo would grow, what should work.


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Gringocazador, which timber company do you lease from that won't let that won't let you spray and you don't think would let you lime. I lease timber company land and do both. The timber companies generally like you to do anything that helps the wildlife.

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Originally Posted by Russ79
Gringocazador, which timber company do you lease from that won't let that won't let you spray and you don't think would let you lime. I lease timber company land and do both. The timber companies generally like you to do anything that helps the wildlife.


I can't remember, it changed names. I think it was Campbell, but it changed and I can't remember. Pretty sure I read the lease rules and recall about week killers etc. not being allowed.


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