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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
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Seeding Food plots

I know mostly everyone broadcasts their seed. I'm looking at other options. Seeds can range from brassica to oats and rye.


I'm seriously looking into the landpride APS series. I'm figuring on the 7 ft model since that will give me sufficient tire coverage on my Kubota L4701.


I have a 6ft tiller so that would be my primary method of working the ground.


Does anyone have recommendations on what they use? I could be looking to establish 3-10 acres of plots.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-18-2017, 02:17 PM
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I would hit the farm sales, Try to find an old grain drill. It will plant anything from grass to oats.
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I guess that is the second part of my question. Would a grain drill be ok for planting small clover and brassica seeds? I would also like something that is three point mounted to ease transportation between properties.

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If I had the money, I would love to have a no-till drill. I think Genesis or somebody makes some smaller ones for food plots.

Other than that I can't help you much as I broadcast all of my seed.

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you can rent a no till drill from your Co land conservation office for $10/ acre they deliver you need a tractor big enough to pull it .
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Grain drill will plant clover, alalfa or any other sed up to oats. ( not good for soy beans)
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Why. spend the money for that small acreage, get a hand seeder and walk it on broadcast.. then drag a little soil on it and watch it grow.....
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I got a little garden broadcaster, spread the fertilizer first,then the seed. take it off the 4 wheeler and drag a chain hooked to 2 sides of rear rack. small,light and cheap!

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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-19-2017, 08:40 AM
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One of the major advantages of a no-till drill (if you are indeed looking at no-till drill) is not having to work the ground...you can just seed right into the existing vegetation, with no need to disc or till - conserving soil moisture (and potentially saving a lot of time and diesel fuel). Some pretty good tractor HP is required to pull a no-till drill through the plot.

If you still plan to work the ground with a tiller, you would be able to use a "regular" grain drill that is much cheaper and requires much less HP to pull. Three point hook up would be fantastic, allowing you to back into the nooks and crannies of food plots and plant your way out.

Good luck in your search, and please keep us posted on what you decide to get and how it works!
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I'm almost certain that I do not have the horsepower to pull a no till. At a minimum I would want something 6' wide to cover the tires of the tractor. I will continue to rototill the ground to mix the lime and fertilizer in.


Thanks for the information. I'm going to start the search for 3pt grain drills.
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