Food plots for this year.

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  1. Keep_Calm_And_Bowhunt

    Keep_Calm_And_Bowhunt Weekend Warrior

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    I was wondering what a good food plot seed it, but that is also affordable. Last year I bought a mixture blend that was about $40, which only covered maybe 3/4 of an acre. This year I wanted to plant maybe 5 small food plots, non of which would be over an acre. But i don't want to pay about $200 dollars for just a few small plots. And a question to yall down here in the south, I live in north carolina and I wanted to know about a time when I should plant. Because I planted last year about August, and hardly any of it came up for the deer and turkeys. So it was a waste of $40.
    But any advice and help would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. elkguide

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    Go to a farm and garden store and buy a forage seed that they recommend for your area.

    Do NOT buy a seed package with a deer on the bag. You will pay a lot for that picture!
     
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    foodplot19 Grizzled Veteran

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    Elk is right. Those pictures are very expensive.
    First thing is you may want to check your pH. That is the most important step.
     
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    Go to your local feed and seed store and you can make your own seed mix. My favorite blend includes peas, clover, radishes, and oats or winter wheat. I like to have my seed bed ready to go by late August and I normally plant sometime in early to mid September right before a good rain if possible. Also I would suggest spending a little of your money on fertilizer. It's better to plant 2 food plots that produce well then 5 plots that don't come up.
     
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    Get a soil test done if you want to have better than a 50-50 shot of it being worth the time you invest.
     
  6. Mckaax

    Mckaax Weekend Warrior

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    Back up and do your research. The first thing you need to do is soil samples. If you don't you will waste more money on seed.
     
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    $200 budget for 5 acres +/- is a pretty tight budget. Winter wheat, rye or oats will keep you under that if you skimp on fertilizer and lime. You could do a strip in each plot in white clover for reliability and then the rest of the plots in the above mentioned for that kind of money.
     
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    I like to plant my food plots in mid June.

    Once they get established, usually in late August, I will bush hog them and then begin hunting over them in October.
     
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    Sota! Glad to see you didn't get your undies in a bunch for this topic not being in the correct forum.
     

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