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Offline King Ben

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Just mowed first plot
« on: July 25, 2018, 11:07:58 AM »
Here's a before and after picture of my "back 40 plot" after mowing. More pictures to follow the upcoming weeks. 

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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2018, 11:10:19 AM »
looks good. are you mostly sand? the first pick looks like sand
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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2018, 06:55:53 PM »
Looks like it is on it's way to bring them in .  ##$%#1118
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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2018, 07:59:43 PM »
Yari- yes, sand/sandy loam

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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2018, 08:34:50 PM »
Yari- yes, sand/sandy loam

I have a buddy in WI w/ the same soil. I told him to grab every old round haybale he could find and work it into the soil. man was that slow. looking back, i'd try to find top soil from somewhere and haul it in. just something to retain moisture. the bales are working, but slow.

have you given it any thoughts or will it hold some moisture?
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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2018, 08:30:41 AM »
Funny you mentioned the hay bales because I thought of the same thing.  Puddle Jumper had some good ideas along with other information I found on the net.  It seems the best route are to plant cereal grains and incorporate them into the soil over time.  This will build up a good base.  With that said, I am planting oats with a small amount of turnips incorporated.  This will be done in all three plots.

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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2018, 09:07:33 AM »
We planted WTI wintergreens one year and the amount of rotted plant life left really helped the soil in that plot. We just tilled it in..
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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #7 on: July 29, 2018, 03:47:57 PM »
ben- good plan. I planted winter wheat. I let it seed out and cut it the following year and refertilized. the second year it came in thicker. I cut it 2x this year before tilling it in this year. that gave a lot of organic matter to the soil   
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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2018, 10:02:37 AM »
Got two stands put up this weekend with two more to go.  This is a view from the stand on the "Back 40".  I was facing the sun in the first picture, sorry for the blur.  Like HM, I plan on planting around middle of August.

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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #9 on: August 06, 2018, 01:16:47 PM »
Funny you mentioned the hay bales because I thought of the same thing.  Puddle Jumper had some good ideas along with other information I found on the net.  It seems the best route are to plant cereal grains and incorporate them into the soil over time.  This will build up a good base.  With that said, I am planting oats with a small amount of turnips incorporated.  This will be done in all three plots.

Did you get your soil test back?   ##$%#1119

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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #10 on: August 06, 2018, 02:22:37 PM »
nice work. what kind of ladder stands do you use?
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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #11 on: August 06, 2018, 02:53:37 PM »
PJ - Please don't fuss at me, but this is the first year I didn't perform a soil test  ##$%#13.  I decided to go with the old adage of 1-2 tons of lime/acre and 300-400 lbs of 13-13-13 per acre.  I am, however, taking your advice on the green manure.  I already have the seed in the shop (oats/turnips mixture).

Yari- The previous owner left four stands and a nice 10' redneck blind.  I'm really not too partial to any type of ladder stand as long as it is 15+ feet off the ground.  I no longer use lock-on's.  (Too much trouble putting up.)

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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #12 on: August 06, 2018, 03:03:10 PM »
i'm getting away from the lock-ons too. even w/ the safety harness, they are still tough to put up
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Re: Just mowed first plot
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2018, 06:36:44 AM »
PJ - Please don't fuss at me, but this is the first year I didn't perform a soil test  ##$%#13.  I decided to go with the old adage of 1-2 tons of lime/acre and 300-400 lbs of 13-13-13 per acre.  I am, however, taking your advice on the green manure.  I already have the seed in the shop (oats/turnips mixture).

Yari- The previous owner left four stands and a nice 10' redneck blind.  I'm really not too partial to any type of ladder stand as long as it is 15+ feet off the ground.  I no longer use lock-on's.  (Too much trouble putting up.)

No problem, just check with local farmers or you farm agent.  They can give advice.    ##$%#1118


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