Tried something new on food plot prep

Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior MemberPosts: 1,324 Senior Member
edited August 4 in Hunting #1
Usually I wait until after Labor Day or just before depending on the first good rain to disk the food plots and then a week or so before Oct to plant them. We haven’t had any real rain since mid May as the drought has been epic this summer. My tank is down three plus feet!

I cut all the dried and dead grasses and what have you two weeks ago. I notice when I made a turn the wheels on the mower deck broke up the ground a bit. I thought to myself the ground has to be hard as concrete. This week I saw a few farmers disking and turning over their fields. This morning it was pretty nice out and before it got too hot I said why not let’s give it a try. 

Oh my gosh, the disks cut into the hard dirt two to four inches down and plowed it like I was using a high speed rototiller. One pass is all it took to break up the ground nicely. Usually I make three or four passes to accomplish what I did in one pass. All seven food plots are almost ready. I'll still wait a few days after the first good rain to disk one more time then fertilize and plant in mid to late Sept. But this has been so much easier. 
Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

John 3: 1-21

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 14,178 Senior Member
    Nice...good looking ground...
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  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 17,893 Senior Member
    SWEET

    I wish I could have that easy of a time getting mine ready to plant
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  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 8,091 Senior Member
    Looks good.  Hope you get some rain soon
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  • Old RonOld Ron Senior Member Posts: 2,809 Senior Member
    Looks way better than mine does with a tiller !    Good idea there !
  • bisleybisley Senior Member Posts: 10,118 Senior Member
    Since you have it broken up, why not buy a few small sacks of various seeds, broadcast a small area, and cover it up so the birds don't get it, and see if any of it sprouts. If it does, you can plan the next year with that in mind. If it doesn't, you've pissed off a few dollars and a couple of hours. Who knows? A mid-summer afternoon thunderstorm, or two, might sprout your seed, and you can see if it survives the remaining hot weather.
  • Jeff in TXJeff in TX Senior Member Posts: 1,324 Senior Member
    edited August 5 #7
    bisley said:
    Since you have it broken up, why not buy a few small sacks of various seeds, broadcast a small area, and cover it up so the birds don't get it, and see if any of it sprouts. If it does, you can plan the next year with that in mind. If it doesn't, you've pissed off a few dollars and a couple of hours. Who knows? A mid-summer afternoon thunderstorm, or two, might sprout your seed, and you can see if it survives the remaining hot weather.
    As you know we haven't seen rain in almost three month here in TX or at least north central TX where I live.  Once Sept rolls around and a few days after the first good rain, I'll disk one more time fertilize and plant.  I'll use my 6'X8" chain link fence with a couple of old tires to hold it down and drag it smooth.  This usually gets the seed or most of them away from the birds.  Also, I usually mix in a few 50 lb bag of native grass seeds when I plant.

    My real issue are the cows.  As soon as any green shoots come up they're feasting on them.  This year I'm going to use T-post and two lower stands of galvanized wire and a top strand of barb wire and make smaller food plots within the larger food plots.  Planning on planting turnips, peas and clover in the smaller plots.  These will be 100' x 40' or so, not too big but there will be six of them around the ranch.  This will keep the cows out and hopefully bring and keep the deer in.  Two of them will also have protein feeders with hog wire around them to keep the cow and pigs out.  Thinking outside the box a bit this year!
    Distance is not an issue, but the wind can make it interesting!

    John 3: 1-21
  • terminator012terminator012 Senior Member Posts: 3,352 Senior Member
    I disced 2 acres first of last week. It didn't turn out like that. It was like plowing concrete. Waiting on a rain to try again.

  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 1,598 Senior Member
    Last year I didn't break up my food plots.  I sowed the seed and fertilizer then bushhogged the standing grass. I got a good stand so I'm planning to do that again this year. 
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