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Old 05-19-2017, 06:25 PM   #11
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I haven't tested my soil PH but I put 3 tons of quarry lime on all of my fields. As for bailing it, my plots are too small to interest anyone so I just mow it. And yes deer will be on it that night.

Fields will last about 5 years if fertilized and sprayed for weeds. I have two different herbicides I use, one for broadleaf and one for grasses. Neither hurts the alfalfa or clover.


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Old 05-19-2017, 06:36 PM   #12
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Deer do not like it if not mowed/baled every so often as it gets 'woody" .
They will dig thru the snow to get to it.

where I hunt when they plant alfalfa in the fall, they plant turnips with them.


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Old 05-19-2017, 07:06 PM   #13
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Your best bet would be to have someone willing to bale it and spray it. It wont live long if it isn't maintained. Better yet would be to have them plant it too if you are going to let them bale it.

I always planted in fall. Cut for hay before or as soon as it starts blooming and spray at first sight of weevils. You may think haying will be anti-deer but just a few days after its mowed the new growth is taking off .
I'm thinking this too. Cutting and Spraying are important. Your Alfalfa will last for years.

Thing is with Alfalfa frost will kill it back for the Winter.

I really like Rye over Wheat for all Winter.

So I would go with both in two plots.

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Old 05-19-2017, 07:10 PM   #14
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Im thinking I like the sound of clover much better.... maybe I can trade this off to someone for some clover seed Might just tsick with what I know.
I already have beans, corn and clover in and rocking....
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:28 PM   #15
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If you have good deer numbers, and a small plot, they keep it clipped pretty good, without baling. It does prefer pH over 6.5, and don't plant in wet or swampy areas. Fall plant it with a cereal grain cover crop. I have clover and oats, both have their place.
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Swat brings up a good point, alfalfa doesn't like wet areas. Best to plant on ridgetops that are well drained. Save the damp spots for clover, that's what I did. Planted in the right places both do well. I prefer Ladino clover, but there are a lot of good choices to select from. Ladino will last about 3-5 years if you control the weeds.


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