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Tools of the Trade => Management Practices & Food Plots => Topic started by: Hunt Master on July 25, 2018, 10:26:16 AM

Title: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 10:26:16 AM
The 140 acre farm that Bugfixer, MI_Bowhunter and myself picked up this year is finally under construction. We have bush hogged 6.5 acres of tractor high weeds and brush into 7 food plots and I got them sprayed earlier this week. Now we are waiting for mid to late august to break the ground and plant. We have sent off WTI soil samples and have the WTI No-Plow sitting at my house ready to go into the ground...
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 10:38:39 AM
i'm a little ahead of you. how are you going to break the ground? as it been fallow for some time?

good luck
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 10:59:37 AM
Oh yeah HM, mine look the same way.  The fields have been neglected for a few years.  I'm spending lots of time lopping and cutting small tree stobs flush to the ground once they are bushhogged.  Hopefully this will prevent any tractor flats.
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 11:07:13 AM
We will disk it pretty good then use the power tiller on the tractor...
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 11:08:44 AM
Oh yeah HM, mine look the same way.  The fields have been neglected for a few years.  I'm spending lots of time lopping and cutting small tree stobs flush to the ground once they are bushhogged.  Hopefully this will prevent any tractor flats.

you guys w/ new fields might want to plant Daikon Radishes. they grow easy and they help break up new soil/plots
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 12:34:10 PM
that power tiller will turn it to powder.... Then the No-Plow has a lot of turnips that will break it up too.
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 01:16:37 PM
that power tiller will turn it to powder.... Then the No-Plow has a lot of turnips that will break it up too.

don't you have rock to worry about w/ the tiller? doesn't the rock bind up the tiller? i'd love to have a tiller, but i'm very rich w/ rock at my place
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 25, 2018, 06:54:11 PM
Sounds like a good plan HM .  ##$%#1118
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 26, 2018, 07:37:35 AM
while it isnt very rocky in these fields, we generally do not have a lot of problems even if it is. If the rock is huge, the power tiller will just skip over it and if they are small, it just chunks them out of the way. Our biggest problem is weeds. With new fields like these, we usually disk it a bit to shop up the longer weeds not chewed up by the bush hog. If there are a lot of long weeds on the ground, they get wrapped up in the tines and we have to stop and get them out. Our tiller is only a 4 ft so its a little slow going. We are hoping to upgrade to a 6 ft next year if the budget allows.
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 29, 2018, 03:51:35 PM
i'm constantly pulling more rocks. it just amazes me how many come up every time I disc, and big ones. I doubt I will ever catch up.

good luck
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 30, 2018, 06:50:28 AM
Hunt Master,
Always interested in food plot development reports and pictures and I noticed a piece of equipment in the upper let hand corner of the picture you posted, what's happening in that spot?
Looking forward to seeing y'alls progress on this new plot.
I wouldn't know how to act if I had rocks in a field.  In our part of the world it is not a problem.  There are some lime rock outcroppings in some steep places fairly close by but they are so unusual, they are have been protected by the State of Florida and the Nature Conservancy.
Treefarmer
 
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 30, 2018, 07:59:19 AM
the pole looking thing in an oil well pump, we call them pump jacks. the equipment belongs to a logger who has finish up a thinning but still hasnt gotten all of his equipment out yet. its either a skidder or a dozier.
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 30, 2018, 08:05:25 AM
HM - Regarding the tiller...keep an eye out for two types, forward tine and reverse tine.  If you go with the reverse tine they are more aggressive, but you better have a 4WD tractor.  I pull a 6' reverse tine and have to put my 55hp tractor in 4WD while in use.  Forward tine tillers push the tractor and use engine compression to regulate the speed at which the tractor moves.  Just a little inside information!  ##$%#112
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on July 30, 2018, 12:13:12 PM
Ours is a forward tine and works very well. If we decide to move up in size, we will probably stay with a forward tine...
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 06, 2018, 07:38:40 AM
We went and checked the plots yesterday to see how the spraying did. Most everything was dead with only a little green poking through here and there, Nothing a disk or power tiller cant handle. I think we are going to plant early. All of the farmers around here planted crops early and are saying we will have a cold September. Many farms are already cutting corn here and thats over a month early. We will see. We will probably get the No-Plow in the ground around Aug 15 or so.
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 06, 2018, 09:56:44 AM
Mid-August is when I always plant.  Best of luck!
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 06, 2018, 02:31:35 PM
are they chopping or picking corn? we aren't close to picking up here

i got 1 1/2'-2" of rain on my plantings in the last week. they should be green by the end of the week. good timing for mine. i hope the rest of you have similar timing. good luck 
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 06, 2018, 06:09:39 PM
Yari, a week and a half ago as I was driving across northern Missouri I saw several guys chopping corn for silage already.  They'll be picking corn by the end of August I expect, the drought has been even worse for them than us this summer, corn crop didn't look good at all but beans didn't seem too stressed based on the 70 mph assessment.
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 06, 2018, 07:12:26 PM
mad- I could see silage, especially if it's drought. I would think picking is at least a month away, but i'm way up here. @--0--0105
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 06, 2018, 08:36:12 PM
Here in the Florida Panhandle we have to wait until late September and early October to plant cool season plots, clover, oats, wheat, rye, etc.  It stays too stinking hot, seeds will germinate but the sun will kill the tiny plants especially if we experience a dry spell in the fall, which is what all the row crop fellers want so they can finish up their soybeans and corn harvest. @--0--0117
Treefarmer
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 07, 2018, 08:59:16 AM
They planted VERY early here this year so the combines are hitting the fields early in some places...
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 07, 2018, 06:16:54 PM
mad- I could see silage, especially if it's drought. I would think picking is at least a month away, but i'm way up here. @--0--0105
Normally they'd be into early September before doing much corn picking in this area, but that stuff over in the Quincy/Hannibal area is just burnt up, suspect yields for them will be pretty poor
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 28, 2018, 08:26:25 AM
Plots are done... 8 acres of food plots (on two different properties 50 miles apart), all of them first time plots, bush hogged, power tilled, fertilized, planted (with Whitetail Institute No-Plow) and dragged. Now we are waiting on rain, which is hopefully coming tomorrow afternoon.

After reading Bo's post about their work weekend, I am jealous of the young blood.. Our club consists of Bugfixer and myself. No young blood there... 
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 28, 2018, 11:16:39 AM
I'm jealous of having a male's help!  The wife is one heck of a worker, but is still limited as to how much she can do.
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 28, 2018, 02:43:14 PM
ben- i'd like any help period. if i had someone up there, it would probably be a relief to the deer so they didn't have to hear me singing all day @--0--0105 ##$%#15
Title: Re: Plots underway
Post by: [Blocked] on August 30, 2018, 07:57:47 AM
I guess I complained about having no shoes before speaking to the man with no feet...    --9-908