Best Food plot mix for a 1/4 acre plot

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    DanyeckAdventures Weekend Warrior

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    I am planning on planting a 1/4 acre plot near a bedding area. Wondering what y'all's favorite/best mix is.

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    Winter or summer crops?

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    Does it have good sunlight or would you be needing something shade tolerant. Do you have equipment or just throw and grow?

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    It has decent sunlight
    It is at the edge of CRP bedding and hard to access with a vehicle during the summer. We use a boat to get across so we can't bring a tiller so a throw and grow would be the best. Just the tan area is where I'll put the plot. 1547839269074.jpeg

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    Look at the throw and grow blends. I think it's evolved harvest brand.

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    Light is important but the MOST important is PH if you don't lime then you have to plant according to PH tolerances. I started out with just a 3 gal. Sprayer, weed wacker, a push spreader, and rock rakes. Lime is a must here. You may be luckier. If it's not too dry. You can not beat a clover / small Burnett mix. A mix of clovers , the burnett stays green through winter. Chicory is also a great thing and birdsfoot trefoil in such a mix.
     
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    Turnips for winter for sure
     
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    Turnips are great, but if you you have high density they will be wiped out on a 1/4 acre. To avoid that issue plant with rye. Rye not wheat or oats because they don't need to be buried as deep. Also a radish would do much more soil loosening for you if equipment is an issue.
    If this is close to a bedding area going in close to season to do a bunch of work may change their routines. I have perennials in such areas and then before a heavy rain in August I drop 10-20-20 with a top dressing of turnips as a extra draw.
    All that said if you are in an area where they haven't been exposed to turnips, they may snub them the first year.
     

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