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East Texas Food Plot Questions #7705481 01/02/20 04:33 PM
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Hi Friends,

I am a total newbie when it comes to food plots and have a few questions for those of you guys that have some experience. Any help or being able to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated.

The plot of land is located in southern Sabine County (East Texas). I was thinking two spots on the property for food plots - one area has a lot of sunlight and the other would be very limited sunlight. What takes best in those types of areas for whitetail? One big issue is I live in the DFW area, so it would have to be something that doesn't take very much maintenance. I have done some research online and can't find anything specific to East Texas pineywoods. Maybe some of you guys have experience in this area?

Thanks again for your help. I really appreciate it.

~Alan

Re: East Texas Food Plot Questions [Re: PewPewPew] #7705487 01/02/20 04:40 PM
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Check the following and contact them:

https://easttexasseedcompany.com

Re: East Texas Food Plot Questions [Re: PewPewPew] #7705490 01/02/20 04:45 PM
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I'm live in DFW but have a place several hours West.

For whitetail - I've been planting oats with great success. I use a seed drill, but know people who simply cast and then drag over and have had them grow. In fact, I spilled some oats near my barn area and I was surprised how many grew in the area I spilled the oats.

I planted in 3 areas. Most were in rather sunny areas, but one of the food plots had an area that was covered by shade. Oats grew up first in the shaded area - which I think is due to the soil holding moisture better there.

After planting, they are maintenance-free. They are fairly forgiving and the deer love them.

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Awesome! Thanks for the info. I appreciate it!

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Will do. Thank you!

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Yep, oats and winter peas for food plots is all you need.


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We added Crimson Clover this year to our oats and peas. It did really well and had more critters on camera.

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Originally Posted by Mr. T.
Yep, oats and winter peas for food plots is all you need.


Great. Thank you!

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Originally Posted by Greg Z
We added Crimson Clover this year to our oats and peas. It did really well and had more critters on camera.


up Thanks!

Re: East Texas Food Plot Questions [Re: PewPewPew] #7710815 01/07/20 08:42 PM
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First off, this is east Texas so the soil will probably be pretty acidic- probably between a 5.8 and 6.5pH, so unless you lime it you will need something that will grow well in acidic soil. In the spring I have had good luck with Iron and Clay Cowpeas- that tolerate the crappy east Texas soil pretty well. In the fall, oats, winter wheat, and some kind of winter pea will work good. Turnips are also an option for the late fall. Word to the wise, getting the pH about 6.5 will save you money in seed and fertilizer in the long run. You probably don't have much in the way of equipment to do foodplots with, but even a tiller will be better than nothing in prepping the soil. You can probably go by a local feed store and get info on someone with a tractor that can do some work for you.

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Originally Posted by Russ79
First off, this is east Texas so the soil will probably be pretty acidic- probably between a 5.8 and 6.5pH, so unless you lime it you will need something that will grow well in acidic soil. In the spring I have had good luck with Iron and Clay Cowpeas- that tolerate the crappy east Texas soil pretty well. In the fall, oats, winter wheat, and some kind of winter pea will work good. Turnips are also an option for the late fall. Word to the wise, getting the pH about 6.5 will save you money in seed and fertilizer in the long run. You probably don't have much in the way of equipment to do foodplots with, but even a tiller will be better than nothing in prepping the soil. You can probably go by a local feed store and get info on someone with a tractor that can do some work for you.



Hey Russ,

Thanks for the info. I was thinking the same -- get a tiller out there and prep the soil at a minimum. Working on getting a tractor out there (to re-cut an overgrown road that hasn't been driven on in 25 years...) and will take advantage of it for the food plot while it's there. smile

Thanks again. I appreciate it.

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