Logging roads

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  1. daniel72

    daniel72 Weekend Warrior

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    Would 3 different types of clover and ryegrass be good planted on old logging roads? I know the deer travel the logging roads going from the corn on the north side to the beans on the south side and didn't know if clover would be good on the logging roads since the closest hay field is 30 miles down the road? I have 1.25 acres worth of logging roads I'm looking to plant


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    Do not bother with rye grass, go with winter rye or wheat. Rye grass is just that a grass and not worth planting if you want deer to eat it.
     
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    Can I plant wheat or winter rye with the clover? Sorry if it's a dumb question this is my first year doing food plots I bought this property in the middle of hunting season last year


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    Yes you can use it as a nurse crop mix it with the clover seed when you plant.
     
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    Ok thank you would I still use the 25lbs per acre blend rate for wheat as a nurse crop?


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    Our common trail mix that works well, for sun/shade trails.

    Trail Mix:
    • 30% White Clover
    • 30% Endo-Graze XL Perennial Ryegrass
    • 15% Birdsfoot Trefoil
    • 15% Creeping Red Fescue
    • 10% Radium XL Alsike Clover
     
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    Drill or broadcast and how do I figure out how many pounds of each makes the percentages?


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    Trail mix was developed to provide excellent forage feed for deer in the Spring, Summer and Fall. This mix was designed to perform well under a wide range of growing and soil conditions in the upper mid-west. Trail mix can be planted in areas ranging from full sun to more heavily shaded areas such as logging roads and trails located directly in the woods.

    Seeding Rate – 10 lbs./Acre Drilled; 15-20 lbs./Acre Broadcast
     
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    Only comment I have is this----if you use the trails to get to or back from stands do not do it----deer will feed on these trails and you will kick them off and they will relate this with all food plots, Will only use way after dark
     
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    I do not use these trails to get to stands or anything they maybe get use 1-2 a year and that's in March


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    Do not use ryegrass. Provides next to zilch for deer nutritionally and weeds are better.

    We plant cereal grains all the time with clovers/chicory blends. Best nurse crop IMO for clovers.
     
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    Clover chicory brassica or rye sounds good.

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    Planted alfalfa, clover and chicory on our trails, turned out great, problem is keeping leaves off them come fall.
     
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    Realistically this question should start with knowing how much sun you are getting, and how much wheel traffic you will have on your trails. If you plan on using these as fourwheeler/equipment trails and if they get little sunlight, I would recommend Grandpa Ray Outdoors Logging Trail Blend;

    Logging Trail Blend
    20% Medium Red Clover
    15% Alsike Clover
    15% Meadow Fescue
    15% Festulolium
    15% Creeping Red Fescue
    15% White Dutch Clover
    5% Ladino Clover

    However, if you aren't going to drive on it often, and gets decent sunlight then I would go with more of a clover, chicory, alfalfa blend. I plant many of my fourwheeler trails with Grandpa Ray Outdoors Mass Builder Blend with pretty good success, but then again I have decent sunlight hitting them.

    Mass Builder Blend
    20% Ladino Clover
    20% Medium Red Clover
    20% Alfalfa
    20% Berseem Clover
    10% Chicory
    10% Alsike Clover
     
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    If you decide to plant rye make sure its cereal rye and not rye grass.
     

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