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Offline yari

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plots are a bust
« on: September 09, 2018, 05:07:27 PM »
I got 9" of rain the last 2 weeks. my plots haven't grown and might have gone backwards. that's after 300# of 46-0-0. I think it washed away. it's supposed to dry out this week, but it's getting very late. a lot of the plots are yellow and under water. @--0--0100

on the plus side I have a lot of deer. the biggest is a 3 year old 125" 8 pt. hopefully the big boys come out during the rut

I was also lucky on the way up. I had a Harley rider cut right into my lane on a round about. even w/ anti lock brakes I left rubber. he was so close all I could see was the top of his helmet in front of my hood. I have no idea how I didn't hit him. I don't think my heart got back to normal the rest of the way up. that was one lucky dude. I hit the horn and all he did was wave @--0--0117

opener is next weekend. I could have shot the 2 biggest bucks from my deck at 15 yards this weekend. they get a pass. still hoping a big dude shows up. I will look for acorns next weekend. I don't get much of a crop up there w/ the low pH, but on occasion I can find a good tree. good luck to all
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #1 on: September 09, 2018, 08:23:41 PM »
Sorry to hear your plots aren't thriving.  I put in some Powerplant behind the house in July, it got off to a slow start and the native weeds started getting pretty bad but then it started taking off a few weeks ago after we finally got some moisture.  We just got 4.5" Wednesday night thru Saturday morning, ground sucked it all up quite readily and zero runoff in the pond but the Powerplant seems to be thriving now.  It's over three feet tall.  Have another patch which was brassicas and buckwheat last year, mowed it down (mostly weeds) and disked it up about a month ago with the intention of sowing winter wheat once the heat broke and we got some rain, but the buckwheat and brassicas are both making a good comeback so now I don't know what to do with that.  Had a major gearbox issue on the mower today so if I can't get it running again soon I'll just let the volunteer plot do its thing.
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2018, 09:03:19 PM »
mad- how is that possible? I thought they are both annuals. I know my brassicas are one and done
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2018, 12:45:45 PM »
Sorry to hear about your plots but having deer around is good news.
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2018, 05:08:42 PM »
mad- how is that possible? I thought they are both annuals. I know my brassicas are one and done
Don't know Yari - I'm pretty surprised too, but must have been enough seed produced by both that just laid dormant waiting to be tilled in & rained on??
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2018, 05:15:44 PM »
We too are dealing with wet ground.  It's too wet to mow clover without putting ruts in the patch, the weeds and grasses need to be mowed.  The plot that I intend to plant later this month or 1st of October is so wet you would plant the tractor.  If we plant any of the cereal grains we have to wait for the extreme heat to subside.  Same with clovers, too hot and it will kill the tiny seedlings. 
To respond to yari's question about reseeding, most of the brassicas will make seed if left alone, (not over grazed or mowed), and thus will reseed themselves. 
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2018, 05:20:32 PM »
tree- I was thinking the same thing. at my place, they clean me out. I don't have anything left to leave seed. mad must have had some leftovers is all I can think of
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #7 on: September 10, 2018, 10:16:49 PM »
For sure Yari, I was pretty disappointed in the amount of use that plot got last year.  Second time I've tried that mix - it has grown well but I just don't see the deer hitting it that hard before or after the freeze.  I pretty much left the plot alone this spring until I mowed & disced it up last month.  The deer do seem to go after the buckwheat but don't mess much with the turnips & radishes.  Depending on the season I have a lot better luck with Powerplant, chicory, clover, forage oats, and some grass/alfalfa mix (ordinary horse pasture mix) that I've had for years now.  I think I'm done messing with the radishes & turnips.  Bear in mind we're in the middle of heavy corn & soybean territory & also have a lot of oaks - it may simply be that they're not hungry enough to switch to that menu item.  I probably need to get another bag of Snortwheeze's mix if he's still selling it.  If I remember right it had some turnips too which the deer mostly ignored but they did hit the rest of it pretty hard.  Took a huge doe off that plot a few seasons ago during the muzzleloader season (December for us).
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2018, 11:14:35 AM »
you have 'food wealthy deer' by you. i have 'welfare deer'. i could put out just about anything but a rock and they will pound it @--0--0105 i've had people tell me they need to pull some raddishes  or turnips so the deer "get use to eating them". that has never been my problem. they pound then as soon as they come out   
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Re: plots are a bust
« Reply #9 on: September 11, 2018, 06:10:36 PM »
Definitely don't see many hungry looking deer around here unless it's been an unusually brutal winter.  We'll have yearlings dressing out over 90 pounds during their first winter (6-7 months old), with so much fat under their hide you'd swear you were skinning a steer at times.
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