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Seems like ever since Covid hit MDC has drastically cut back their food plot operations on public ground. Seen several spots where they have given up completely and don’t even mow the trails. Now on year 2 of this lack of improvements. All that tax money they get, is it too much to ask for some standing beanfields or late season turnips to be planted again?
 

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Cracks me up...MDC puts row crops in food plots on northern Missouri public ground that is generally surrounded by private fields full of row crops. Come down south to public ground. Dang few "food plots" and what few of those there are none of them ever have anything resembling actual row crops like corn, beans, turnips, ect. The few food plots in the Ozarks are devoid of anything other than native grasses that go untended for decades. Quit yer crying, you don't have any idea how good ya got it.
 

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Cracks me up...MDC puts row crops in food plots on northern Missouri public ground that is generally surrounded by private fields full of row crops. Come down south to public ground. Dang few "food plots" and what few of those there are none of them ever have anything resembling actual row crops like corn, beans, turnips, ect. The few food plots in the Ozarks are devoid of anything other than native grasses that go untended for decades. Quit yer crying, you don't have any idea how good ya got it.
We all know them hogs would just turn all the Ozark plots up anyway. The only people I’ve seen that can get row crops to grow in southern MO is the Amish after years of picking out the rocks by hand.
I agree, northern MO is better hunting, and why I hunt public up there over my private southern MO farm. What’s stopping you from doing the same?
 

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We all know them hogs would just turn all the Ozark plots up anyway. The only people I’ve seen that can get row crops to grow in southern MO is the Amish after years of picking out the rocks by hand.
I agree, northern MO is better hunting, and why I hunt public up there over my private southern MO farm. What’s stopping you from doing the same?
Have you tried E-fencing some beans on your private ground in southern MO ? Great attraction especially late season...
 
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Have you tried E-fencing some beans on your private ground in southern MO ? Great attraction especially late season...
I’ve only planted winter wheat. Can’t run a plow due to all the rocks though. Our neighbor to the east has had a small bean plot before and it definitely attracted a lot of deer and turkey. I really need to go the Dr. Grant Woods route and truck in some fertilizer.
 

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The place my son and I hunted for our managed hunt this year had 5-10 acre fields planted in turnips. Place was tore up with deer tracks and he killed one munching on one of them. I think it's part of the deal the farmers make in exchange for being able to plant the ground, they have to plant so many acres in cover crops.

Maybe it just depends on who manages the area in question? idk
 
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I’ve only planted winter wheat. Can’t run a plow due to all the rocks though. Our neighbor to the east has had a small bean plot before and it definitely attracted a lot of deer and turkey. I really need to go the Dr. Grant Woods route and truck in some fertilizer.
How big of an area are you looking to fertilize? We’ve switched over to Chicken Liter on pastures/ food plots.....The chicken liter adds organic matter and seems to stay active in the soil longer especially the N... compared to traditional fertilizer...

Rotations of awnless Triticale, Crimson Clover provides an attractive plot and adds sufficient OM for poorer soils.

This particular plot is actually planted in an old creek bed... Triticale, Crimson, with some brassicas thrown in.
 

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How big of an area are you looking to fertilize? We’ve switched over to Chicken Liter on pastures/ food plots.....The chicken liter adds organic matter and seems to stay active in the soil longer especially the N... compared to traditional fertilizer...

Rotations of awnless Triticale, Crimson Clover provides an attractive plot and adds sufficient OM for poorer soils.

This particular plot is actually planted in an old creek bed... Triticale, Crimson, with some brassicas thrown in.
We’re looking at about 3-4 acres of plots in 3 locations. One in a creek bottom, another behind our pond, and one on top of a ridge in a clearing. All 3 will need chicken litter. Will be renting or buying a fertilizer spreader. Where’s a good place to acquire fertilizer in Texas county?
 

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Alot of the farmers that plant one mdc ground usually it's there last destination and with the wet spring they might not of made it and conservation not too worried because alot of weeds actually provide food for variety of wildlife not just deer and nesting sites and so on
 

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Seems like ever since Covid hit MDC has drastically cut back their food plot operations on public ground. Seen several spots where they have given up completely and don’t even mow the trails. Now on year 2 of this lack of improvements. All that tax money they get, is it too much to ask for some standing beanfields or late season turnips to be planted again?
Why bother...some places the corn they leave standing on the edges, it's still full of corn next spring. Remember when they used to give out free seed for plots...
 
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