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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 09:58 PM Thread Starter
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No till thatch planting

I did a little experimenting this year after watching some you tube videos and have been quite happy with how things turned out. I have equipment but this field is 80% rock and 20% dirt so I don't like running the tiller through it. I thoroughly sprayed glypho on the standing briars, milkweed, and golden rod. Waited a couple weeks until it was dead. I then spread the seed while the vegetation was still standing. Then I took the harrow drag over it a few times to knock all the weeds down. Waited for the rain and it's looking great. I've got just generic feed store purple top turnip, radish, and rape seed. $12 Tractor supply whole feed oats, and some soybeans in here. I didn't get the same germination rate as if I would've spent hours completely working the ground but this was a virgin field and I spent hardly any money or time on it.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-14-2018, 10:03 PM
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Great job TJ really looks good. Really good ideas. your food plots look really good.

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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-15-2018, 10:40 AM
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Looks good. I have done the same thing in the past. That is why my Solo backpack sprayer is my most important piece of equipment I have. However, it stopped pumping halfway through spot spraying a plot last week. I am not sure if its a gasket If I cant fix it I will buy another Solo sprayer.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-20-2018, 09:33 PM
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Excellent work, I really liked the first picture of the brassica growing out of the thatch, that will fill in nicely as it grows. Maybe broadcast some urea before a rain in the next week or so. A big time saver and headache saver not dealing with the rocks and weeds, nice job
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 08-25-2018, 01:54 PM
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Deer don't need a neat cultivated field for their food...
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