Re: question on my first food plot
I would clear it off now, bushhog every week from now thru summer and then spray it late this summer. The other option is just to spray a couple of times this summer. The bushhogging will work on the briars because they can't take constant mowing. Do a soil test now and put appropriate lime on it. Fertilize this fall, plow, and plant a cover crop like winter rye. Plow under cover crop in the spring (lime and fertize as needed) and then plant clover or other desired food plot. I would guess that you will have issues with briars popping up for a few years. You can spray them or just keep mowing them off. I mow off my clover plot all the time, but I do it at a height where it just nicks the top of the clover. This helps control weeds and/or briars.
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