Oat plot

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  1. maxpetros

    maxpetros Grizzled Veteran

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    And advice for planting a quarter acre oat plot? We've done clovers successfully in the past. We don't have access to a tiller or tractor but are willing to put in the effort for hand tools.


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    If you are broadcasting the seed, they recommend seeding at 120 lbs/acre. For you that's 30 lbs. From my experience, I found that rate to be too light. I'd recommend using the whole 50 lb bag. That's what I'll be doing. Puttin' it on like grass seed.
     
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    Thanks. We can get 50lb bags super cheap from a local farmer.


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    Looking into renting a tractor and tiller now


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    Seem like a tractor and tiller would be doable


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    I rent a rear-tine tiller from a local equipment dealer for a 1/2 - 1 acre plot.. $85 for a day with trailer. The big companies (Lowes, Home Depot, etc.) rent them, but I think they're a few bucks more.
     
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    Yeah I saw some of those. Our local Home Depot rents them. But as it is now its really thick broomsedge in the fields beside the trials we brush hogged and the clover plots. I think the tractor might be a little easier.


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    Interested in how you fair with the oats. At least one of my small plots this year will have oats in it.
     
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    I'll keep you updated.


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    Here are some property pics. The red circles are where they're bedding. Yellow dots are stands, and the red dots are our clover plots. Thinking the right side of the top field but we mostly have south/southeast winds so it'll blow right into the bedding areas. Any suggestions on the oat plot placement is helpful. We have a few stands we can hang so it doesn't need to be in front of a preexisting stand.[​IMG][​IMG]


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    Any suggestions?


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    I do not know where you live but last year my oats and winter rye plot was hammered from Sep into the winter, I would add a bag of winter rye with it. I would definitely put the plot so you are within bow range, passed many nice bucks and shot two doe of my oats and winter rye plot last year.
     
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    That's the plan. We'll definitely have a stand over the plot.


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    I would mix in a little bit of brassicas with the oats.
     
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    Why?


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    shoulda said :will plant oats into the brassicas as brassicas will be planted before the oats:tu:
     
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    What's the benefit of the brassicas?


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    Deer love brassicas in late season when it gets cold after the first frost
     
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    More variety of plants for deer to munch on. Nothing wrong with just a oat plot, but I like to pack as much variety of food into a plot as I can.

    I broadcast winter rye into brassicas late in summer to fill in some areas.

    Or like layering your winter rye plot by broadcasting more seed in every few weeks before a rain to get new growth.

    My best advise is mix things up. Try something new and different. Like everyone plants buckwheat in the spring. I plant some with my brassicas now.
     
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    I was just about to ask this. Thanks for posting
     

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