2013 Food plots(Picture Heavy)

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  1. HuntinNBassin

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    Great thread, wish I had some of my own land to work!
     
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    Looks like a nice little honey hole!
     
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    Really enjoying this thread ...... great pictures and narration from start to finish. Keep them coming, plus can't wait to see a photo of you and a big buck this fall.
     
  4. Skywalker

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    Fall Plots are in. I choose Whitetail Institutes Tall Tine Tubers this year. This will be my second year planting turnips. Two years ago I planted a mix from Evolved Harvest and had mixed results. They hit the green growth early, but didn't really hammer the bulbs during the late season like I had hoped. That could have been due to a very mild winter or other factors. I'm not sure. I decided to try these because I've heard people have had good results.

    A couple weeks ago I had already sprayed the plot, so pretty much everything was dead. It has been very dry here and it was like tilling up concrete the ground was so hard.

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    My wife begged me to till up a plot behind the house. You can see my Egyptian Wheat screen is a little weak in this area. I should have tilled in some nitrogen before planting, but I will know what to do next year. Anyway, this plot is right out our back door about 80 yards from the back porch. This plot is not for hunting, just wildlife enjoyment (unless the right buck steps out).
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    Here's the view from our back porch.
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  5. jake_

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    Very nice! Thanks for sharing with us.

    Have you mowed that clover yet or are you planning on it? I would mow it first and see how many weeds you can control that way then see what kind of herbicides you need.
     
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    Great updates!!
     
  7. Skywalker

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    Good call. That's my plan. I've been waiting for a cool day since they recommend not mowing when it's hot out.
     
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    Ya ideally mow it when a rain is near too it helps. Also dont forget to put out some 0-0-60 fertilizer once before fall.

    As far as a grass killer, (plugging a different company, ha!) Whitetail Institute has Arrest and Slay. Arrest contains Sethoxydim. I found a alternative, well same exact stuff in a product called "Grass Beater" by Bonide (google it) I found Grass Beater at my local Fleet Farm for 20$. I didnt use crop oil and knocked back some grasses mixed at 2oz per gallon of water in my pump sprayer.
    Clethodim is more expensive and everyone recommends it, but for my 1/4 acre clover plot I couldnt seeing buying a big jug of it.

    Not sure on your deer densities, but when you mow your clover I would mow it in strips. That way there is always new growth at different times.
    Seeing in how your a backyard plotter like me :) it would be easy to mow a little here and a little there.
     
  9. Skywalker

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    9/4/13. Things are looking pretty good. I got out and mowed the clover plots last week, and they are looking pretty good. The soybeans are about 3 feet tall, have pods and are still flowering. We got a decent amount of rain in the last week, and I think it will really help them podding out. The Egyptian wheat screen is lagging behind every except in places where I had the soybeans last year, in those areas it is awesome. Note to self and anyone else that decides to plant Egyptian wheat, put some nitrogen down before you plant, it really does make a difference.

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    My Tall Tine Tubers are taking off too.

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    Wow! Looking Very Good!
     
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    Man that looks fantastic. Great job.
     
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    Looks great, I second that on the EW needing lots of nitrogen! makes all the difference in the world!
     
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    Your beans from your prevous yr prolly left you around 40 units of nitrogen. The way your beans look in those pics you should have 40 units for next year too. So that will give you and idea of what u might need for your EW. Great food plots
     
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    Wow awesome plots
     
  15. Skywalker

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    Pics from 8/18.

    The Tall Tine Tubors are looking pretty good.
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    After mowing the plot a couple weeks ago, the Trophy Clover and WTI Extreme are looking much better.
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    The soybeans pods are starting to fill up and there's quite a bit of browse along the edges.
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    The Egyptian wheat is really looking amazing. I'd say almost 15 feet tall in some areas.
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    Here's a view from out of my tower blind.
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    Tall tine tubors look great!
     
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    Wow cool thread and nice job thus far!!
     
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    Absolutely fabulous! Nice job!
     
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    nice updates keep up the good work!!!
     
  20. Skywalker

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    Been a little while since I updated, so I snapped a few pics while I switched the chips in my trail cams.

    Here's a picture of the Soybeans out of my blind. There a little weedier than I'd like, but they have turned out great otherwise.
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    Some more of the Soybeans.
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    Here's one of my small clover plots.
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    Tall tine tubors are really shooting up.
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    WTI Extreme is doing pretty well. I may need to overseed this in the spring to help this plot. And use some herbicide to keep the weeds and grass back.
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