There is a small 1-acre-ish field right below the cabin on the farmer's ground that he has left fallow the last few years after he pushed out a fence row and changed the shape of the larger field beside it. I spoke with him about planting it with some stuff for the critters this year, and he gave me the green light.
A few weeks ago, I had Dad mow a few rounds of the bottom side of the plot so that is was more manageable to spray with Gly. After a weekday morning turkey hunt, I hit the field with gly from the backpack sprayer....and then Dad mowed it again to try to help the plants break down a little bit. After we hunted the morning with Lucas on Saturday, we hooked up the tiller and started to tear it up. Even with a lot of junk on top, the tiller did a very nice job preparing a seed bed for us. The remaining plant material should make for excellent organic matter for the soil in the plot.
I broadcast sunflowers, grain sorghum, some old corn seed that probably will not germinate very well, and some oats after Dad had made a few passes with the tiller. Lucas tried to help with the seeding, but his young arms were not quite long enough to bring the seeder crank the whole way around. He did help me pick a few rocks out the plot, but over all the rocks were not bad at all. As usual though, we are always working on a slope!
After the seed was down, Dad did a light till-in pass over the plot to get the seed worked into the soil. We found this method to work very well with the fall oats and barley planting last year (I broadcast the clover after the till-in pass and let it sit right on top). The area got a nice thunderstorm on Saturday evening and Tuesday evening, so the plot should be off to great start. This part of the plot is about 1/4 acre.
After a solo gobbler hunt on Monday morning, I fired up the tractor again to mow the rest of the fallow field in preparation for spraying it this coming weekend.
The first two pics were taken just after planting on Saturday (I must have had the phone at a funny angle in the second pic - the hill is not that steep). The third picture was taken after I mowed the remainder of the plot.
Last edited by OAWC; 05-29-2019 at 03:11 PM.
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