Due to me and the family leaving for a week vacation in Maine on Tuesday, I decided to go ahead and do a glyphosate spray application to the plot now rather than wait until I return. It is a good chance the plot may be a bit too tall to drive over comfortably in 10 days, at the rate it is growing and the amount of moisture that is due in the next couple days. In the last update, I cultivated between the rows and it did a wonderful job of cleaning up the junk in between the rows but there was still an issue around the plant bases. The corn and beans were small when I cultivated so I had to go pretty slow. This did not allow the cultivator to aggressively throw dirt around the plant bases for fear of knocking over plants. Now that I have sprayed glyphosate, Lets just say that after yesterday's application, those fertilizer and moisture robbing suckers wont be a problem from now on!
Spraying the plot:
Over the last week I have gotten quite a bit of PM's on how important spraying really is with this corn/bean mix plot. Below is my answer and it is my personal opinion.
Some may not be concerned with eliminating grasses and weeds at all, or as thoroughly as some of us like to. And that is fine. Deer certainly do like bedding in tall grass within corn fields. However, I dont want them bedding in my corn(or at least, I wont encourage them to) and there are plenty of bedding areas throughout the farm. In addition, with the rising cost of fertilizer and the amounts that I use per plot, I control weeds to maximize the uptake of my desired plantings. For me, this is key! Although the Forage Soybeans provide plenty of browse from Mid July through fall, my BIG push with this plot is coming in late fall and winter. Corn/Bean mixes are excellent green forage crops but the biggest advantage for me is the standing food in winter. The Forage Beans, although geared for forage production, still throw some incredible bean pods. Ultimately, for here in the north, top this plot with a foot of snow and you will have the one-two punch for either holding deer and/or excellent hunting opportunities.
I chose my ATV spray rig for the job simply due to its maneuverability and odd parameter shape of the plot. There was no breeze at all and I got very good coverage. Running the ATV at 5 mph allows the chemical to mist and shoot to the ground and cover the plants nicely. I sprayed 1.5 quarts of Credit Extra(Gly)to the acre and I included 2 quarts of Tecomate Plant Exploder, 1.5 quarts of 16-24-16 foliar fertilizer and a half pint of Warrior insecticide with the mix.
There is a little deer browsing going on but not enough to concern me. I was thinking about protecting the plot with Plotsaver but at this point, I have backed off of that. The beautiful thing about the Eagle Seed Forage Beans is that notice in the picture below how the plant is continuing to throw new shoots despite being snipped off shortly after initial germination. These beans continue to impress me!
The plot could really use some rain and the radar looks promising for this afternoon. We did get small spurts earlier in the week but the storms broke up around us and we never got the heavy rains we really need in my area right now.