Fall Food (for thought) Plot Thread2

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Canuck5

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I'll throw this out there as an easy tool to use, once you've done your soil test and you get the recommendation back that you need (as an example) 87 lbs of N , 54 lbs of phosphorous and 77 lbs of potassium/acre ... and I know that I have 0-20-20, 13-13-13, 19-19-19 available (bagged) from your local feed & seed ..... it will tell me that I can use:

592.3 pounds of 13-13-13
per 1 acre.

or

405.3 pounds of 19-19-19
per 1 acre.

And although not exactly what I need, it will get me 92% of what I need. I don't worry about being too exact, though ... just use as a reference

http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/soil/fertcalc/
 
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Canuck5

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I'll throw this out there as an easy tool to use, once you've done your soil test and you get the recommendation back that you need (as an example) 87 lbs of N , 54 lbs of phosphorous and 77 lbs of potassium/acre ... and I know that I have 0-20-20, 13-13-13, 19-19-19 available (bagged) from your local feed & seed ..... it will tell me that I can use:

592.3 pounds of 13-13-13
per 1 acre.

or

405.3 pounds of 19-19-19
per 1 acre.

And although not exactly what I need, it will get me 92% of what I need. I don't worry about being too exact, though ... just use as a reference

http://aesl.ces.uga.edu/soil/fertcalc/
Just as a reference to the above quote .... which is going to be cheaper ... 600 lbs of 13-13-13 or 400 lbs of 19-19-19. Might save you some money by going with 19-19-19, along with less work and handling. 33% difference in weight.
 
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Canuck5

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Also, if you need to have your fertilizer delivered and spread, sometimes, you can have them mix your bulk lime requirements in there too, at the same time. Kill 2 birds with one stone.
 
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Canuck5

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Just to follow up from page one ..... plant your seeds at the proper depth. Whether it is cereal grains, clovers, brassicas or other things ..... If you are planting (for example) clover in a shadier plot, adjust your seeding rate (lbs/acre) up, to have a successful plot
 

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Canuck5

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Timing is everything!

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Canuck5

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I know everyone plants food plots for different reasons .... some are strictly "kill plots", which is great. I just don't want to confuse anyone, on what my goals are, which are to attract and hold deer on the property and give them the best nutrition we can afford. So, what do deer need to eat and when?
 

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Canuck5

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I'm getting itchy, but I'm still 60 days away tho, but trying to get a plan put together! Some "Cool Season Food Plot" possibilities (assuming amended soils) Don't look at the prices.

It's a good reference, a place to start and probably is a lot less expensive, by mixing your own, if you have a few acres to plant. If you have a couple acres or less, then using a premixed bag probably is cheaper ..... just don't plant small seeds too deep.
 

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Canuck5

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Ok, I'm a poor hunter ... I admit it ..... but

I think I may have this thing figured out!! :) Just sit in a White Oak tree, in the center of your food plot, at high noon ( I can have my morning coffee and a good breakfast by then) on November 15th (for me). The "Georgia" chart shows the peak deer breeding dates
 

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Canuck5

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Simplified, Nitrogen (N) makes green leafy plants (what the deer eats), Phosphorous (P) promotes root growth (kind of a good thing) and Potassium (K) promotes seed and fruit growth. All needed to make a tasty plant for deer.
 

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Canuck5

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(An actual soil test is the right way to go, but this is a reasonable "guess" for different soils. Lot's of things can affect a soils ability to improve it's ph)
 

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Triple C

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Need advice...

Last fall we planted radishes and chicory in 2 of our plots. Results were better than expected. Chicory is now fully mature in these plots and weeds are not bad. Is it possible to spray gly to kill what weeds there are without hurting the chicory? Would love to set back the weeds but not kill the chicory and then plant cereal grains in these plots to rotate out of radishes.
 
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Canuck5

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Need advice...

Last fall we planted radishes and chicory in 2 of our plots. Results were better than expected. Chicory is now fully mature in these plots and weeds are not bad. Is it possible to spray gly to kill what weeds there are without hurting the chicory? Would love to set back the weeds but not kill the chicory and then plant cereal grains in these plots to rotate out of radishes.
Well ...... on June 7th, I sprayed my chicory with 22 ounces/acre of 41% glyphosate. The pictures are from July 12th, but we also did not get any rain in those 35 days. It nuked everything pretty good, I just haven't been back down since, for more pics.

We're between Macon and Columbus, and it was definitely hot and dry there. If you've had a few rains, recently, I wouldn't be afraid to do it! It set the chicory back, but the deer were still there looking for it. If I'd have had more rain, I think the chicory would've been a lot larger.
 

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Triple C

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Sweet! I can live with that. You can't believe how much chicory is growing in these plots. Almost like a lawn and I'm sure that's why the weeds haven't been to bad. Will spray with recommended amount of gly n add grains late Sept.

Thx!
 
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