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Tools of the Trade => Management Practices & Food Plots => Topic started by: King Ben on August 12, 2018, 12:38:27 PM

Title: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 12, 2018, 12:38:27 PM
Well we humped it yesterday.  I woke up at 1:30 AM thinking it was time to get up...lol.  We finally got started at 6:30 AM and finished at 4:00 PM.  We limed and fertilized, tilled, planted and cultipacked three plots ranging from 1/2 acre to 1 acre in preparation for the impending rain coming tomorrow (Monday).  I attached pictures of two plots: the first picture is after I ripped it and while the wife is tilling it, the second is after the plot has been planted and cultipacked, and the third is another action shot of the wife tilling the largest plot.  We didn't get pictures of the third plot.  We also hung another stand overlooking the third plot.  I was so tired I didn't even have an adult beverage, I'm saving that for today!  ##$%#14
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 12, 2018, 02:23:06 PM
I know the feeling. I did my 5 acres and I was spent. it looks like I have a lot more rocks than you do though unfortunately.


did you say on your post about your tractor you were mowing 100 acres?
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 12, 2018, 07:03:18 PM
Congrats Ben, it's always a great feeling to look back on a hard day of work and see progress like that - - even a better feeling when you watch the rain hitting it a day or two later, good luck with that forecast and enjoy that beer - thinking I'll go grab one myself.
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 13, 2018, 07:08:50 AM
Yari - That is correct
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 13, 2018, 10:29:17 AM
Yari - That is correct

are you planning to fill those areas in w/ bedding cover, apples, chestnuts...? that is a lot of open are unless you are renting it or farming it
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 13, 2018, 03:33:57 PM
The open areas are awesome bedding/cover not only for deer, but we have flushed up multiple coveys of young quail!!!  (When I say open/pasture I mean the grasses are 4-6' tall).  I still have to figure out how I want to rotate the bushogging.  The entire place will be bushhogged at least once per year to keep saplings from growing.  Other than that, it is providing awesome quail habitat.  We have discussed planting five acres of millet next year just for bird habitat.  My former tenant in SC said the hogs are destroying his 300 acres of milo so we can't plant milo here either due to the hogs.  I'm still in the learning curve for this farm and will take a couple of years to figure out the "flow" of the property.   
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 13, 2018, 04:42:59 PM
that makes sense. i was thinking you were cutting 2-3 times per year or making hay. 4-6' is great cover.

i'm glad I don't have hogs. they seem like a real pain. I guess we all have our demons. I have wolves and bears

enjoy learning your property. hopefully it's a steep curve
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 13, 2018, 06:33:24 PM
Ben congrats it always nice to get those plots in the ground. That's awesome that you have some wild coveys of Quail. Brown top is excellent as well as Bahia, Lespedeza, Crown Vetch. I was raised hunting Quail in south Georgia as we had thousands of them back in the day. They are making a strong come back. Do you have any cats...the reason I ask is a domestic cat can be very destructive when it comes to Quail...Good luck!
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 13, 2018, 09:21:53 PM
Ben - you might see if you have a local branch of Pheasants Forever out there, they could advise you on plantings for your location to hold the birds and may even have some equipment to loan out if you need a drill or something.  A mix of plantings for both feed and cover would be ideal to keep the birds thriving.  My old neighbor was very active in PF & always eager to dispense advice and help.  One of the items on my retirement list is to see if I can get some gamebirds established on my place.  It's been a few years since I've heard any bobwhite quail, couldn't tell you the last time I've seen a pheasant locally, probably close to 20 years.
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 14, 2018, 11:20:13 AM
Ben - you might see if you have a local branch of Pheasants Forever out there, they could advise you on plantings for your location to hold the birds and may even have some equipment to loan out if you need a drill or something.  A mix of plantings for both feed and cover would be ideal to keep the birds thriving.  My old neighbor was very active in PF & always eager to dispense advice and help.  One of the items on my retirement list is to see if I can get some gamebirds established on my place.  It's been a few years since I've heard any bobwhite quail, couldn't tell you the last time I've seen a pheasant locally, probably close to 20 years.

great idea. i know PH set up all the fields in SD where i hunt. they like to plant shelter belts w/ cedar, russian olive and other bushes
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 14, 2018, 01:39:04 PM
Split - Great idea with the other grasses, I didn't think of those.  We do have a few small pockets of lespedeza.  Yeah, domestic cats get the same treatment as coyotes (sorry cat lovers) on my farms. 

Mad - Great idea...we actually have Quail Forever clubs out here.  I probably will either join or at least contact them for more information.  Thanks for the "reminder".
Title: Re: 3 plots planted
Post by: [Blocked] on August 14, 2018, 06:44:23 PM
I have culled many a "domestic" cat over the years, yep same treatment as a yote unless it seems to be someone's pet that ran off.