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Old 01-08-2008, 07:54 PM
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First I just want to say thank you for all the help ive gotten from everyone this is the most informative website. I am looking to buy Ragweed seed for my Gamebird plot I want to use it in my mix just need a pound or 2 any ideas where I can find that? Thanx again Paul
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First I just want to say thank you for all the help ive gotten from everyone this is the most informative website. I am looking to buy Ragweed seed for my Gamebird plot I want to use it in my mix just need a pound or 2 any ideas where I can find that? Thanx again Paul

at Oak Haven Forages www.oakhavenforages.com

Steve is a busy guy on the road consulting all the time but well worth the wait when you get a chance to talk to him. One of the very best in the forage business and very good prices on his seed. He's got regular ragweed and giant ragweed seed.
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There are several different species of ragweed, but the most commonly seen/utilized are common ragweed and giant ragweed. My personal favorite though is Cross Canadian Ragweed.

What are you going to be mixing it with?
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Try here:
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Can't you just strip disc some areas and get ragweed?

Also, we killed our fescue and got a ton of it come in.
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First I just want to say thank you for all the help ive gotten from everyone this is the most informative website. I am looking to buy Ragweed seed for my Gamebird plot I want to use it in my mix just need a pound or 2 any ideas where I can find that? Thanx again Paul

Ragweed!!!!!!!! Are you serious???? I am the gold medal winner of giant ragweed plots!!!!! Not by trying but it has cause me so much problem over the years that I would give anything to get rid of it. It has grown over 6 ft in my corn and all but killed it off until I found RR corn and it is in every plot I have at some time of the year. When i mow it down it makes my tractor yellow. Come on over and I will give you enough ragweed seed to make you hundreds of acres of the stuff. Now I must say it is pretty but man it is invasive. Sorry about that but I just thought it was funny to see someone looking to grow something I have been trying to kill for so long.

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Common Ragweed, is the #1 food source for bobwhite quail. I love it myself, not saying I want much of the the giant variety.
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ragweed--hmm. I can grow that stuff with no problem at all--just wish I could figure out how to get rid of some.
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What is the history of this particular plot? Will it be new this year?

Millet, milo, sunflower are some other good ones.

Skip the seed, do some light tilling, some fescue eradication and I'm sure some will come up. Just my opinion. Plus if you are managing for birds, a little foxtail that comes up won't hurt the cause as well.

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ragweed--hmm. I can grow that stuff with no problem at all--just wish I could figure out how to get rid of some.

The seed is not that persistent and as an annual, if you mow it before it goes to seed, you should get fairly good control of it...especially after 2-3 years of doing that.
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It was formerly a clover plot (FOR DEER) I had my place logged and turned the soil but all I got was Goldenrod and this stuff that looks like a cross between dandelion and cactus according to grow em right I should be getting alot more forage than what I have but my soil is super rocky actually its all rock w/ a little bit of soil on top Paul
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Sounds like wild lettuce. I'm a little suprised you didn't get any ragweed. Maybe you did a little too well with your weed control in the clover plot.

Look familiar? Have some on our place and deer absolutely browse the heck out of this stuff.
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NO WAY would I encourage an invasive species like ragweed to come to my land.
Please rethink your strategy and EXCLUDE ragweed. I have fought this stuff since I started planting fields. I have NO use for ragweed and don't know anybody else who has.
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Well, I guess you don't officially know me Letem, but I can think of a few uses of why I'd like to have. Invasive is a pretty harsh term for ragweed IMO.

If you notice his objectives are for bird plots and ragweed definitely fits that bill.

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I know Lynn and I know why he hates ragweed so much. I felt the same same way until this year. With the drought we had --we had a bumper crop of the stuff. I was so disgusted that I was ready to give up. But I sat back and watched as things unfolded this fall. The ragweed in my power plant went to seed in late August --but before it did the deer had eaten a ton of the stuff. Then the turkeys and doves went nuts for it. I doubt if more than 10% of the seed ever hit the ground. It also kept good company with the sorghum and made nice thick travel cover. I even noticed that the beans and peas were vining on it after the deer ate all the sunflowers to the ground. I have kept it mowed for the last few yrs. in the clove/chicory and it has all but disappeared. What does show up is stunted and the deer eat it right along with the rest. I'm still not happy to see it show up in my perennial plots but as long as it doesn't crowd out my annuals --a little ragweed may be a good thing!!
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That looks close but the leaves where a little different and it had actual cactus like long thorns I wish I had taken a photo
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To each their own and I'll respect you for it.
I fully intend to eradicate this stuff from my fields and encourage what I want to grow to survive.
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Well, I guess you don't officially know me Letem, but I can think of a few uses of why I'd like to have. Invasive is a pretty harsh term for ragweed IMO.

If you notice his objectives are for bird plots and ragweed definitely fits that bill.

To me anything which is not invited is invasive. You can bet I don't invite ragweed to my party. Like I said " To each their own "
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Anything that is growing where it is not wanted is considered a weed. An invasive is a plant that outcompetes all vegetatation and established a monoculture.

I know what you mean, just getting technical I guess. But they do have two distinct meanings.

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