Fall seed suggestions.

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  1. Wiscohunter

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    Heading the the farmers co-op in the next few days to get some seed for the fall. I'm planting two plots and going to experiment with the "throw and mow" method. I plan on spraying each plot ( 1/8 - 1/4 acre each), wait a couple weeks then broadcast the seed and mow. What are a few good options for a fall food plot that have a good chance of growing with this method?
     
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    I think brassicas would work in that situation. I don’t usually buy brassica mixes but rather straight seed then broad cast each into the plot separately to get even coverage. I’d say purple top turnips, rapeseed, and a radish would work well. In WI as well and I plant brassicas at the end of July.


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    The co-op i go to makes up some of their own mixes. I believe they do have a mix that is equal parts tillage radish, rapeseed, turnips, and kale. I know a lot of the brassica seed is so small that its probably a little easier for it to makes its way to the soil. Especially if i mow over it.
     
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    which one is that? I hunt up in Adams; Sauk CO is on the way more or less. The one in Adams is meh
     
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    An expert says brassicas don't work and are toxic to deer....just saying. :lol:
     
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    Haha. I know exactly who you are referring to Covey. I'd sure hate to poison the deer herd around me. :deer:
     
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    I don't know, I've never heard of alphalpha. Is that a new GMO variety alfalfa? :lol:
    Alfalfa is a fantastic deer food source. I don't know of many problems with it. It can cause bloat in cattle but I've never heard of problems with deer. It gets complicated after it's been established for four years or so. It kind of creates a toxin in the ground that keeps it from reseeding itself, it's better to rotate out of it for a couple years and then it can be planted back. I don't have any pure stands of it, just have it scattered in mixes.
     
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    Went to the co-op this afternoon after work. Picked up the brassica blend I mentioned above and a 50# bag of winter rye for $9 that I will find some use for. Will be a few weeks before I start this project but I will try to make a thread on it when I do.
     
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    c'mon bro. Which co-op?
     
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    Hohl's Farm Supply off Hwy 33. You know it?
     
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    What I read mentioned it gives plenty back to the soil, so I’m good with it the first two years. Thanks for the rotation issue I will look into it. Appreciate the help.


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    I do not; but I plan to now!

    My apologies! I'm thinking of shooting the R-100 in Sparta if you'd like to meet up. Otherwise my QDMA chapter is planning a meet/greet/3D shoot in late July. Near Adams/Friendship. Not sure who's having it but it would be near Adams/Friendship.
     
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    First the Trump-Kim summit and now this?
     
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    Let me know when you find out when/where it is. Adams is only 45 mins from me. I love anything QDMA.
     
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    Well I went and cleared and sprayed this plot on July 18th, I'm going to plant on Wed. August 1st. Rain is in the forecast for a few days after this date. I had planned on just broadcasting then mowing the dead vegetation over the seed. Turns out I have access to an old 4' spring tooth drag and a 4-wheeler to pull it. I'm not real sure how well this will break up the ground in the first place. Should I use the drag or stick with the throw and mow method? And to be clear this is a small, some what experimental plot I'm doing. I didn't do a soil test, use any lime, or fertilizer and have no real confidence that anything will grow at all. I'm planting tillage radish, rape seed, turnip, and forage kale.
     
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    Good luck buddy. Considering what you are planting something will definitely come up if it gets moisture.
     
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    I think you'd be better off with the throw and mow method. That drag likely will not break any soil unless it's sandy and all it will do is pull your vegetation that will hold your moisture off of your plot.
     
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