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Old 04-14-2012, 11:06 PM
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Ill give 20#s a try see how it goes
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:48 PM
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So is it safe to plan to plant crimson clover, oats and cow peas the first week of may in west central WI
Trying to get my game plan down.
Im going to spray the little bit of weeds thats there mid next week and then spread the seed/ ferts a week later
The extended forecast calls for lows in the high 40s low 50s
Seems to me Ill be ok but this is my first real food plots done right dont wanna screw up and throw away $
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:34 PM
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So is it safe to plan to plant crimson clover, oats and cow peas the first week of may in west central WI
Trying to get my game plan down.
Im going to spray the little bit of weeds thats there mid next week and then spread the seed/ ferts a week later
The extended forecast calls for lows in the high 40s low 50s
Seems to me Ill be ok but this is my first real food plots done right dont wanna screw up and throw away $

Is the main goal of this plot to provide warm season forage, act as a cover crop for a later fall planting, or are you hoping this mix holds on as an attractant until hunting season? Your goals and future plans will help you decide when to plant, but with that being said: What's the hurry?

I think you'd be pretty safe with planting mid-May and there is little to be gained by getting it in any earlier, particularly if you're keeping the plot free of weeds until you plant. Then again, those plants are pretty hardy, unless they get hit with a heavy frost just after they seed out. Up to you, but I'd wait until after the last normal frost in your area.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:44 AM
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It is going to be warm season forage cover crop. Ill be dicing it all in come mid summer/fall. I just dont like seeing all that bare dirt just sit there and I dont want to start any erosion either.
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You definitely don't want to leave it sitting there bare for too long as you will have to fight the erosion problem and the weed problem. I believe you have an excellent plan outlined right now, both with the timing of your final spray, and following up soon after with your initial planting. I planted my spring summer mix two weekends ago (Southern TN) and it is now getting the first rain since planting it. We are due some cooler temps. this coming weekend, but it shouldn't be any further damage of frost in the forecast. The good thing about getting it in early, is so it can establish some deep roots with the early spring rains and cooler weather, and make healthier mature plants later on through the summer when the temps are harsh and the rain is scarce. Good luck!!
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:34 PM
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Thanks guys for the info
I think Im gonna stick to my plan. Was out there today and from all the rain the last couple days and todays warmth the weeds are really starting to sprout thru out the plots which is what I want before I spray

Thanks again
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:28 PM
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Im planning on planting next weekend and I have a question
When I plant my oats, peas and crimson can I add the fertilizer at the same time or should I disc it in the day before I spread seed ???

Dont want to screw anything thing up been putting a lot of work and effort into this

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Old 04-27-2012, 09:00 AM
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You can spread the fertilizer, disc it in, and then spread the seed on the same day, that is the method that I use every time and I get good results. Good luck, you will find that the plotting is almost as must fun as the actual hunting!
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Old 04-27-2012, 10:01 AM
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Ive been having a great time at the farm this year already. I agree that all the prep and planting is really fun and it will feel real good come fall hunting over what I have planted and smacking one of the 4-5 yr old bucks that are roaming the property
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Old 04-29-2012, 02:21 PM
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