A Food Plot is Born (with updated summer growth pics)

Discussion in 'Deer Management, Habitat & Conservation' started by o2hunt, Jun 4, 2009.

  1. o2hunt

    o2hunt New Member

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    Apr 14, 2009
    Springfield
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgibson76/3588308064/" title="P1000580 by tgibson76, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3637/3588308064_e30820d23a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="P1000580" /></a>

    We didn't get the bulldozing work done early enough this year to put out our clover, alfalfa, & chickory mixes (thanks rain), so we will be putting out some beans and milo in these fields in the interim just to put out something frankly, and make sure the soil is up to test by the time we plant our perennials next spring. This job was being worked in conjunction with a complete driveway makeover at our farm, but every time the excavators would be ready to start the job another gulley washer would be headed our way. Then there was the phone company who wouldn't move their underground service line and :blah:

    Anyway, the road finally got put in last week and since they were down we had them clear out a couple of sites that had become overgrown with cedars over the years, though I can remember them being nice little brushy fields when I was a kid. Both fields are somewhere right between 2 to 3 acres in size, which will give us about 10 acres (with 2 other fields) of food plot fields total. We don't have cattle anymore so technically, we could put the whole place in crops & perennials I guess, now if it just weren't so darn expensive...

    Here is a couple of more pics of the 2 new food plots:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgibson76/3587513455/" title="P1000594 by tgibson76, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3318/3587513455_d87605bf0f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="P1000594" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgibson76/3588336948/" title="P1000600 by tgibson76, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3304/3588336948_a7a377b14d.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="P1000600" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgibson76/3587516775/" title="P1000597 by tgibson76, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3645/3587516775_f8ee3e00f1.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="P1000597" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgibson76/3587529465/" title="P1000610 by tgibson76, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3410/3587529465_32cc8f4e88.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="P1000610" /></a>
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgibson76/3587538431/" title="P1000613 by tgibson76, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2483/3587538431_ddb946a78f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="P1000613" /></a>

    Of course a nice bonus to bulldozing cedars is getting to burn them at night while cranking out tunes and drinking a couple of adult beverages.:cheers:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tgibson76/3596346321/" title="P1000648 by tgibson76, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2444/3596346321_58e5df97f2.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="P1000648" /></a>
     
  2. Trykon_Buck

    Trykon_Buck Active Member

    All that hard work will payoff; looks like you're going to have some nice places to hunt come this fall. :cheers:
     

  3. HabitatMD

    HabitatMD Active Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    St. Louis, Mo
    Sweet! Drinking beer, watching a fire, music...doesn't sound bad at all.
     
  4. 10pointer2002

    10pointer2002 New Member

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    Dec 13, 2007
    bonne terre
    that looks great good luckthis fall:woot::woot:
     
  5. thompson

    thompson Active Member

    Nov 26, 2007
  6. Gamegetter

    Gamegetter Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Looks like some good places for food plots. Nice fire. :claphands: :cheers:
     
  7. i_willie12

    i_willie12 Well-Known Member

    Oct 8, 2008
    Marshall MO
    Looks like it was a nice cedar tree farm:D:D Damn things!!!!!!!
     
  8. Hannibal

    Hannibal Senior Member

    Dec 30, 2004
    Greene county
    looks great...did you check your soil survey to see what soil type you have there.........if ya find out i can help ya understand the limitations you might have.
     
  9. Jeremy

    Jeremy REGULAR MEMBER

    Dec 22, 2006
    i hate cedars
     
  10. Heart shot

    Heart shot Active Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    St. Louis
    Looks great, might not want to wait till spring to plant your clover. Fall is a great time to plant clover/chicory. I would recommend planting it with some Winter Wheat and oats right over your browning beans. This provides a cover crop to feed the deer during the fall hunting season, but allows the clover/chicory get established. Next spring you will have a lush clover/chicory plot. Just mow the wheat down in the spring.
     
  11. horntagger

    horntagger Well-Known Member

    Jun 30, 2003
    Southeast Missouri
    Looks great if that one tree still left great place for a ladder stand
     
  12. o2hunt

    o2hunt New Member

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    Apr 14, 2009
    Springfield
    [rquote=1288103&tid=90050&author=Mr_Hannibal]looks great...did you check your soil survey to see what soil type you have there.........if ya find out i can help ya understand the limitations you might have. [/rquote]

    Not yet, will be gathering samples this weekend though to see where I stand.
     
  13. o2hunt

    o2hunt New Member

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    Apr 14, 2009
    Springfield
    [rquote=1288116&tid=90050&author=Heart shot]Looks great, might not want to wait till spring to plant your clover. Fall is a great time to plant clover/chicory. I would recommend planting it with some Winter Wheat and oats right over your browning beans. This provides a cover crop to feed the deer during the fall hunting season, but allows the clover/chicory get established. Next spring you will have a lush clover/chicory plot. Just mow the wheat down in the spring. [/rquote]

    That's not a bad idea. Thanks.
     
  14. pinwheel

    pinwheel Jenny's Lackey

    Jun 17, 2006
    middle of nowhere
    [rquote=1288717&tid=90050&author=o2hunt][rquote=1288116&tid=90050&author=Heart shot]Looks great, might not want to wait till spring to plant your clover. Fall is a great time to plant clover/chicory. I would recommend planting it with some Winter Wheat and oats right over your browning beans. This provides a cover crop to feed the deer during the fall hunting season, but allows the clover/chicory get established. Next spring you will have a lush clover/chicory plot. Just mow the wheat down in the spring. [/rquote]

    That's not a bad idea. Thanks.[/rquote]

    Heartshot beat me to it. That's exactly what I was going to recomend.

    Good lookin plots.:rock:
     
  15. rat

    rat Legbone

    Dec 13, 2005
  16. Doubleshot75

    Doubleshot75 Active Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Awesome work TG!!! I'd also plant your clover this fall. That's what I did last fall, and was really happy with how well it took off. From what I understand, it takes a while for clover to establish it's root system, but once it does... it takes off. Planting in spring you'll have to fight the fescue, warm grasses, etc. Get that clover in this fall, and it will out compete a lot of those next spring!!

    Great looking spot, can't wait to hunt it :peepwall: