Working on my first plot with the help of others on this forum. I was asked to share some progress notes and photo's of my efforts as I endeavored to put the plot in.
Right off the bat I want to acknowledge the advice that QAWC, WOL, 25FTUP, DennyF and all others have provided. Thanks up front for your information.
Since this is my first attempt at a food lot, I wanted to limit my expectations for the size of the plot, instead trying to focus on quality instead of quantity. I am glad I did now as my old bones really were talking to me. I ended up working a 100'x60' piece of ground. My thinking was "let's try this first and if it works out well, I always have the option and remaining area to double/triple the size.
Right off the bat I made a mistake. I started by using my box blade teeth to rip up the field, followed by 4-5 runs with a disc. Thinking through what everyone told me, I should have simply sprayed the area with Round Up and then let it sit for a few days before doing the same thing with the box blade and disc. As a result, I ended up with a thick layer of weeds and grass that were in fact dying off, but were thick enough that I was concerned with seed contact when and if. I ended up using a drag to "pile" up the waste and "pitch forked" it off to the side, deciding I would then broadcast it over the plot later on down the road as a form of mulch. In the meantime it really improved my ability to bare the soil for eventual planting. A lot more work but I was happier about the near term future now.
After the second day of extra disc-ing, dragging, pitch fork-ing, I recieved my soil sample results in the mail and I was ready to lay down the lime, fertilizer, etc. After completing same, it was time to get some seed. Talked with the forum members again and decided on Rape, Turnips and Rye.
Anyway, just waiting on some rain now to get things rolling. Pictures attached. FYI, we have a fairly dense deer population here, not to mention bear also (at least on my property) so this morning, I had roughly 4 nice bucks and just as many does/fawns simply feeding on the already established clover in my immediate field next to the house. Hopefully all this work will provide for an improved selection during the hunting season.
More to follow.
Last edited by Chaos USMC; 08-17-2017 at 04:39 PM.