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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-06-2018, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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How's that saying go, "If you build it they will come," well they did. I did half of the plot in a brassicas mix and half in rye grain. Both were planted on August 12th, which is a bit early for the rye ( I like the 1st week of September) but when your that far from home what are ya going to do. I put up an exclusion fence in the brassicas and they made it to about 24" high inside the fence. I included a few trail camera pictures in this post to give you a better look at the plot.
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-07-2018, 10:17 PM
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Nice Pics and the plots look very nice. One thing that I have done with some plantings is to put up an solar electric fence to keep the deer out for a few weeks to allow it to get going. Works nice for fall plantings like Brassicas or when planting soybeans in the Spring.

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looks good, your progress ,maybe slow for you, but the improvements shows all the hard work you and your help did there, you should be proud of your accomplishments .keep up the good work.
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4700lbs of lime? holy ##[email protected] I,ve been wanting to do the same here in Pa. on a small wooded area... but I can't get my atv back there.. that means Id had to back pack all that lime and fertilizer in.... uggggghhhh I haven't did a soil test yet planning on doing that in the spring nice work you guys..
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It might take a couple of years to get that PH up but when you do it wont be hard to stabilize.
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Yeah with a ph of 5.1 Penn State recommended 8,000 pounds an acre.
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my dad and I have a small plot below our cabin ,we never did a ph test ,but dad just harrows the old stuff under after he sprays it ,then we put pelletized lime and 10-10-10 fertilizer on it ,and it always comes up real nice. the deer keep it trimmed down and always in it, that and our small apple orchard
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my dad and I have a small plot below our cabin ,we never did a ph test ,but dad just harrows the old stuff under after he sprays it ,then we put pelletized lime and 10-10-10 fertilizer on it ,and it always comes up real nice. the deer keep it trimmed down and always in it, that and our small apple orchard
I have found that you don't have to get the ground perfect to have a suitable food plot. I think that as long as you get it decent then you are ok.

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My help was happy, They all killed there buck on the same day october 24th. We did not hunt the food plot.
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I agree it doesn't need to be perfect. Close enough probably is good enough. Growing a little food to give back to the deer is not the same thing as farming and trying to maximize your bushels per acre.
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