Ok. It is about that time to think about plans for the new year. So what do you have on tap?
1. Plant sunflowers, corn, and sorghum for doves and ducks
2. Plant millet
3. Maintain button bush and oak tree plantings
4. Freshen wood duck boxes
5. Finish island goose nest construction
On the Ridge:
1. Plant a new food plot that was previously a bunch of stilt grass and burdocks...we have a few planted trees and shrubs in the area, but should have plenty of space to work around them. Probably some oats and barley in the spring....then a combination of oats, barley, and clover in the fall - perhaps sprinkle in some radishes and turnips as well
2. Continue to eliminate ailanthus trees....since the end of rifle season I have hit all the ailanthus trees that I noticed getting to and from tree stands this fall. 2019 should be much lighter on the ailanthus-killing front, but I will continue to hit them as I see them pop up. I finally feel pretty good about our ailanthus situation.
3. Take some more elderberry and silky dogwood cuttings from across the ridge and propagate them at home to plant on the ridge early summer.
4. Plant some more Blue Hill Nursery fruit and mast trees. I want to add a few persimmons, maybe some more pears, and some chestnuts.
5. Plant the two existing fall plots with cereal grains and clover....and plant a brassica plot for winter-time deer grub.
6. Spray large existing clover plot for foxtail and thistles.
7. Freshen mineral sites
I'm hoping I have to spend a lot less time working on ailanthus this year....so the list may grow a little bit as the year progresses. Dad and I already got a jump start on the new food plot....we had the tractor in there pushing off all downed logs, stilt grass, and burdocks, so the prep work is partially underway.That lists looks smaller than most years. Still alot of work.
No pictures C, tisk tisk. Ordered some perennial and plowdown annual clover yesterday. Getting ready to do some frost seeding as the weather permits.All of the plots have rye in them now.I will try the perennial in the north facing plot which was just a wet mess all season, but finally got most of it covered (after 3 attempts),and the annuals in the others for a little more biomass and hopefully some weed suppression until I figure out what I'm going plant this summer. I'm anxious to see how this works, as the fields are usually so wet in the spring that I can't get on them
Yes. This ground was very acidic. 2 years ago the 2 plots was 4.6 and 5.0. Can't remember exactly how much I put on on pelletized lime but I put a good bit the last 2 years. I would guess that it is still probably not up where it needs to be. Hopefully I can get a sample, but with the weather forecast it doesn't look the best. I can always add lime and fertilizer later in the year though.C, usually you need to lime every 3 years, if you put enough on,usually a ton to the acre is the going rate...