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Old 09-21-2019, 04:23 PM
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I have the only wheat field on my place for 9 miles. Obvious food source with the wheat, the turnips we plant are a bonus besides giving us cheap nitrogen.
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In Ohio, we had 6 apple trees. They LOVED it. It was almost like clock work. They would work up the fence row and be on our property as almost the exact same time every day.
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Sunflowers.

for doves.
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From Ohio , early season , clover , my woods is almost all oak trees , and there still on the beans . Mid to late season sweet annual rye grass, radish, kale , turnips .The later it gets and colder their on the turnips .Sometimes will use a corn feeder if the snow gets deep.The rut and late season is when we kill the biggest ones .
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Buck forage oats go well with winter wheat, and deer love them. We also like to do some small plots with turnips and beets for late season. I don’t care for rye since it has little to no nutritional value, although it does stay green throughout the winter and they will eat it.

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Oats , Japanese millet
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mainly wheat and oats, but also austrian winter peas, crimson clover, some type of rape, and something else mixed in that I fogot lol
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Apparently, hostas and azaleas...
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I was thinking weed. Then the deer would be way easier to sneak up on.
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Originally Posted by Barefoot View Post
Apparently, hostas and azaleas...
Yep, with all the farms around my mothers house, Damn things like her house an garden the best.
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We plant only clover in one field. The other are all a mixture of wheat,oats,and rape. I've tried alfalfa twice, unsuccessfully. I've corrected the ph and killed off all weeds but getting the alfalfa to grow eludes me. My sawtooth oaks and the oriental persimmons do very well.
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I think it depends on your locale too.

ftr mine is just outside meridian, ms
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LOL... I may introduce the idea of growing something to the wife, got about an acre steep hillside on the back of our property (damn near a cliff) What do they like that grows in red clay?.... BTW: Currently going through 50lbs of corn and 50lbs of livestock feed about every 10 days (friends call he 'Ellie Mae' for good reason)... We got deer...
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In SE Alabama we have had very good results with fallow plots. Bush hog mid summer and fertilize later. If you cut it too late it will not grow back well. May take 2 years for the natural grasses to get established.

Seems everyone is looking for the holy grail of food plot seeds but there isn't one. IMO.
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
LOL... I may introduce the idea of growing something to the wife, got about an acre steep hillside on the back of our property (damn near a cliff) What do they like that grows in red clay?.... BTW: Currently going through 50lbs of corn and 50lbs of livestock feed about every 10 days (friends call he 'Ellie Mae' for good reason)... We got deer...
Winter wheat is pretty forgiving with less than perfect soil, don't skimp on fertilizer

id still probably buy or make some kind of mix, seed is cheap compared to fertilizer and just an acre even heavy three bags.

If no mix you can use use wheat, oats, arbuzzi rye (don't use regular grass rye you won't be able to get rid of it) as a base then add clover, turnips, peas, what ever.

Be careful on the tractor if it is that steep

im not sure how big your property is but food plots are usually cheaper than corn in the long run. I have a friend that does 32 acres of plots on 1,000 acres and still feeds protein mix in multiple 1,000 lb feeders. He has to refill every two weeks during peak stress, $$$$$. He's an idiot though, he'll need to take 30 does every year just to keep the population in check

use daft logic or google and figure out exact acreage
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Originally Posted by Gary999 View Post
Seems everyone is looking for the holy grail of food plot seeds but there isn't one. IMO.
This has been my experience as well, I have planted everything, I did trophy radishes multiple years in a row and they'd still mostly just hammer the wheat and oats
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A small orchard of pear trees, they are way easier to take care of then apple trees. My food plots consist of oats and turnips, they will hammer the oats early Sept. through the end of Oct. then as the frost hits they will devour the turnips through late December.
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Go to your local Co-op (for old school that's the County Barn). They have food plot blends that are developed local to your area. You can also take them soil and get it sampled. Did that years ago and my food plots went from pretty decent to phenomenal.

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