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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-23-2010, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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I started a new plot last week on a new hunting place. I'm hoping to help out in the nutrition area by increasing the quality of food on this place. I planted 2.25 acres to a seed blend from Evolve Harvest. The property is 1500 acres along a river with no other cultivation on it. Also I have driven up the road about 5 miles and saw only one other crop planted. There are a lot of deer on this place, and I hope they don't overtake the plot too early. I think if they let it get established it will provide some good food through the growing/fawning months. I haven't been back out there since I planted it, but I will take some N fertilizer out there next week and check it out. I hope my planting method worked...I have never done it this way, but I have heard sometimes it works. In tilled sandy soil I broadcast the seed and fertilizer just before a good rain. Someone once called this "raining it in". I had planned on loading up the tractor, drill, and roller out and do it the right way, but this seemed like a much easier way. With the rain coming that day, I couldn't resist. I am anxious to see just what it looks like, and will post up the results of this unconventional planting when I see it.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-23-2010, 06:02 PM
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nice take lots of pics. got my fingers crossed for ya
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It could work...I hope it does
take a few pics if its up
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-28-2010, 08:36 PM
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A good late season choice is brasica. Deer don't really like it until after a freeze, which makes it sweeter. The other benefit is that it gets estabished before the deer mow it down.
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Ok...well I had some partial success with raining it in. It seems like the more dense seeds sprouted real well, but the light cereal grains did not. I think these (oats, triticale) floated and did not get covered with dirt as the rain fell. It's funny that wherever the deer have stepped the oats and triticale are coming up, but only in the footprints. Maybe I should have atleast rolled the plot. I guess I will just wait for the deer to tromp the rest of it in...

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That's funny. I have had the same problem before, and that was my conclusion, that I should have rolled it in.
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-02-2010, 03:41 PM
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I got a big roller and it helps a lot
But if i can find a cultipacker it would be perfect for the small seeds
it would be like deer tracks over the whole field in just a few minutes
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I have used ATV and just road over the plot several times to pack in the seed. Worked great here in south Mississippi.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-07-2010, 02:18 PM Thread Starter
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I should have done that...but I didn't.

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