food plot brassicas blend

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  1. pastorandrew

    pastorandrew Weekend Warrior

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    here are the brassicas 35 days from planting, two rains is all in that time! we are super dry but they are thriving!

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    1/4 of the top has been eaten and it still is nearly the size of the front rack on my sportsman 500, can't wait to see this mix at 60 days!

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    Wow!! Great looking plot.
     
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    Good God, those things are doing great.

    I just checked my brassica plot last weekend and was extremely disappointed. In fact I over seeded half the plot in winter pea's because I had on confidence that the brassica's were going to come up.

    I have had 1 - 4 hour rain on them the day after they were planted and nothing since
     
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    What kind of brassica are those, did you use a food plot company brand or get seed elsewhere?
     
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    pastor makes his own concotions of seeds fellas, man is a genius at food plot mixes and has done it long enough he has it down to a science...only thing that can slow him down is the weather not playing nice.

    Great plots like normal brother! Our brassicas have seen maybe a 1/16th of rain since planting......not expecting great things from them.
     
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    looks good!
     
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    They look great!
     
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    one month of a farm co-op local seed company. 20130902_120108_resized.jpg 20130902_120840_resized.jpg


    Not trying to highjack a thread but keep you options open. Did 3 acres of bassicas and 1 acre of beans for right around $350...not including the ATV, disc.....etc.
     
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    Looking a heck of a lot better than mine. Started coming up great shortly after a good rain, and nothing since. The areas that hold moisture are doing fine still, but half the plot is really hurting. No rain in sight, but going to hopefully be able to overseed with crimson clover, winter wheat, or peas. Haven't decided yet.
     
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    Wow! They look great. I planted some brassicas this past weekend. I hope they turn out like that.
     
  11. pastorandrew

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    Blarney- I put together my own seed blend of brassicas. I use 7 or 8 different varieties. I put together enough mix for around 20 acres or so. This usually cover my ground and a bunch of my buddies. I have been working on this mix for probably close to ten years. It works well, I can see it from my office and there is at least a half dozen deer feeding on the two acre plot as I type. I tried to get a mix that has brassicas with different maturity dates, some that are grown for grazing (forage types) some grown for there roots (Bulb types) I find this mix highly attractive to whitetails from 3 weeks or so after planting till the last bulb is dug next march.

    This picture is a slow night during late November on the plot last year! the later it got into rifle season the more deer were on my place feeding in this plot in daylight. when the pressure hits if you have the food and limited pressure you will have all the deer. It is alot of fun.
     
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    Here is the picture, forgot to paste it!
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    Plot looks great! We are in desperate need of a few showers around here.
     
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    Your are definitely doing something right. Congratulations on your successful blend. You should package some 5lb bags of seeds and see if any members would be interested in purchasing. Getting a little late in the season for that now but maybe for next year.

    Good luck this season.
     
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    Oh thats awesome.

    I've planted some brassicas too!
     
  16. pastorandrew

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    quick update pics
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    thats a full sized chore boot size 10 freaky big brassicas!
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    screen on west side of plot
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    Is that EW screen?? Looks great - thinkin about trying some out myself next year? Was it pretty simple to establish? When did you get it in?
     
  18. pastorandrew

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    yes it Egyptian wheat, it is very easy to grow, I go in and round up the area I want to plant around second week of may, then memorial day week end I spread and work in two bags of urea, (46-0-0) the stuff loves nitrogen, then broadcast it on with a hand spreader and roll it in, you need to have it rolled or packed in good for god seed to soil contact, but htat should easliy get 12 feet tall if you fertilize it well! this is the third year I have grown it, I love it! I get my seed from Hancock seed in Florida, I believe you said you have got stuff from there before, they are good to deal with. 10 pounds of seed will plant a 6 foot wide path 400 yards long easily. If you have any questions just shoot me a line!
     
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    Great info on the EW, thanks a lot! I've got a perfect place for it next year and if it looks anything like yours I will be in great shape.

    Yes, yes Hancock Seed, great food plot seed company! Great place to shop online!
     
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    First of all, mind if I ask where you live geography-wise/ what your weather is like? Secondly, would brassicas grow anywhere near that up in Southern MN? I am putting in my first plot next spring, and starting small with like half an acre..
     

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