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Warm temps. and food plots ?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:10 pm
by White Oak 06
Is it too hot for our food plots?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:13 pm
by saddaddykiller
depends.......what species of plants did u plant?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:44 pm
by White Oak 06
I planted fall forage, mossy oak biologic, Pennington deer and turkey and some winter wheat

When it started getting cool I planted.
Then came a big rain a little over a month ago.
One field washed in some places and I re sowed , cooler weather came and started doing good and now I think it's struggling.
This one I re sowed gets the most sun.
The other two gets part sun

I don't remember everything that's in it, but I do know it has check peas , wheat , some rye , I planted some turnups, clover.
That's all I remember, some other stuff I can't pronounce. Lol !

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:02 pm
by saddaddykiller
when u say struggling do u mean turning brown.................or at astandstill not growing....or what?.....................

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:15 pm
by White Oak 06
Checked it out Friday evening and I didn't see any that was dying or had any hot spots on it, just struggling as in growing.
The first one I planted has plenty of shade and it's over 6 inches tall , 2nd one is doing a lot better than the one I re sowed.

The soil I planted on has never been disced
and when I disced all the plots the soil was rich. I did not do a soil test.

The field in question is doing good in some places.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:47 pm
by saddaddykiller
the warm temps aint the problem then....................if its doing good in some places and bad in some might be army worms, wildlife browse pressure, photosynthesis problem , soil problems, maybe the seed spreader didn't spread seeds out evenly etc....u need to put a circle fence thing in one of the bad parts of foodplot...if the plants inside the fence grows and outside area doesn't then youll know its a wildlife browsing problem.........u can also go look to see wuts been clipped and wut aint being clipped by deer

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:52 pm
by saddaddykiller
also u said u had washing out problems....is the field in question on a steep hill etc?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 4:53 pm
by White Oak 06
That's great advice, thanks for the help !

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:25 pm
by terry08
Like saddaddykiller, you need a spot in every plot to have a small fenced in circle or square. That wildlife can't get to. You probably got heavy browsing going on as the young tender plants come up. I planted turnips last year and they didn't have a chance. The deer mowed them down as soon as they came up.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:54 pm
by huntall
I would think it could be just setting at a stand still untill we get a few consistent rains to get the plots established. The one in the shade that is doing better and probably not drying out as much.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:08 pm
by White Oak 06
No its not on a hill, it's has some low spots.
This field has been hidden from my box blind and never been touched.

So I took the olé John deer and exposed it.

It wouldn't even disk , had to get the breaking plows on her and then disk it..

The rain we've had since then has leveled some of it.

I do need to go check for heavy browse.

Maybe this field they like the most.
My camera won't capture anything that far to see.
The camera only catches what's in the field if something triggers it in the first plot.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2014 6:10 pm
by White Oak 06
I really try to stay out of it for scent reasons, but I do wear my rubber boots when I do.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:24 am
by chadbragg
I monitor my plots with plot watchers. Great for day time use. Can see 2 and 4 legged critters. I use the primos, only like $35. Time lapse pics are really neat to me.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:33 am
by brewer03
I made a check of several of our plots at camp this weekend we have some thin spots in a few... I am gonna say the problem is the lack of rain over the last twelve days... you let mother nature give them a drink and I believe you will see a big difference... When the grasses are young they actually need a good rain about once a week and as dry as it has been lately will affect the growth big time

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:06 am
by gtk
Unless I missed it, I didn't read where you fertilized it ?

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:28 am
by White Oak 06
No I didn't fertilize it yet.
I figured the soil was so rich that it didn't need to.
When the rain comes I'll go ahead throw some.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:28 pm
by saddaddykiller
rain wont make it spotty.....no fertiilzier wont make it spotty............gotta be something else

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:40 pm
by lugnutzz
It could be disease of some kind, chinch bugs, thrips, stink bugs, or other bugs. With that being the greenest freshest thing in the woods right now I bet it's bugs or worms.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:45 pm
by White Oak 06
Well the first time I sowed it came a rain and it rained 3 or 4 days straight and mud washed over some seed pretty deep.
I sowed a 2nd time and then we started getting warmer temps.

Re: Warm temps. and food plots ?

PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 6:47 pm
by White Oak 06
lugnutzz wrote:It could be disease of some kind, chinch bugs, thrips, stink bugs, or other bugs. With that being the greenest freshest thing in the woods right now I bet it's bugs or worms.


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I'll have to go check it out this weekend.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:21 pm
by saddaddykiller
just ahd an idea....the deeper sowed seeds mighta took LONGER to germinate compared to the shallower sowed seeds so might have something to do with the spottish area problems

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:01 pm
by Bullie
It will likely look good after the rain tomorrow and the cooler temps.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:13 pm
by White Oak 06
Yes sir ! I'm lookin' forward to it !
I like raising deer groceries !

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:27 pm
by jv
If after the rain tomorrow the plots start looking better I would still fertilize it.

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:48 am
by White Oak 06
Will do !