BOB food plot mixes

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  1. G3 Ranch

    G3 Ranch Well-Known Member

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    Good grief...That's some expensive stuff. I get my beans at elevator prices, 13.00 & change per bushel.
     
  2. j-bird

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    That is why BOB seed get the reputation it does.....for being expensive. BOB stuff has it's place, but if your using decent quantities - there are other more cost effective ways to plot.

    Besides somebody has to pay for that fancy bag and all the advertising and the company overhead and the like....... I see lots of FB posts and the like of folks posting their fancy seed bags and I just think.....I will get nearly to same result for 1/2 to 1/3 the price......but that is the power of marketing!

    I get my beans and corn for free.....leftovers from planting season in farm country!:D
     
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  3. MarkDarvin

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    Yep. You can't throw a rock and not hit a seed dealer by me. Some of them are my customers and I take good care of them. In return, I get all kinds of free corn and beans. The corn doesn't do me any good, but I'll fall plant beans as long as they keep coming for free. I'm even mixing in some group 3 beans into my plot next year, along with my group 00 beans.
     
  4. j-bird

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    I bought some more BOB seed and thought I would share the labels here for those that care. I realize BOB seed isn;t for everybody, but I had a gift card and was in a hurry!
    north plot chicory mix.jpg

    north plot clover mix.jpg
     
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  5. SwampCat

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    I planted some eagleseed soybeans this year and the hogs ate all the seed. I didnt just want to give up on the plot since it was already fertilized, disked, and sprayed - so I bought some Tecomate LabLab mix. We had recieved no rain for a month when I planted. Three weeks later, there is a decent stand of of some type of pea or bean. We will see what happens - but sometimes when in a hurry and a pinch, commercial mixes can fill the void.
     
  6. Drycreek

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    The last time I planted feed store beans I got a mess of weeds that I've never had before. Took me three years to rid myself of them completely. So.... if I plant beans again it will be Eagle or Real World, and RR at that.

    I do like WINA clover though, and so do my deer. They eat it better, (and it grows better), than any other clover I've planted. Expensive ? Yes, a little, but when you get 4/5 years out of a plot with just a little maintenence, it's not that bad. Besides, if we're gonna start counting what I spend on deer hunting, the seeds I plant aren't gonna be high on the list.
     
  7. j-bird

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    I know sometimes the BOB seed gets a beating, but sometimes it just works and to be honest....I think that is all any of us really want. If it costs a little more then so be it. I will also say that some products are just junk as well. For my corn and beans I only plant seed from an actual seed bag.....from a farmer. He doesn't want weeds either. I tend to get mine for free as I just ask for the leftovers out of the planters and drills. They are going to throw it out any ways so I put it to use. I use my seed co-op for brassica and cereal grains most times simply because I'm getting the wheat/rye by the bushel. Clover and the like I can be hit or miss on. I do know the Barduro clover my deer love and they eat it all summer long. I can only find it in the stuff I bought. Big jobs where I can go bulk and save some money are fine, but not every plot needs it. My thing is.....and I think this is important.....is I read the labels. 50% coating is fine, I just don't want some seed I have never heard of as some products sell ryegrass and the like just so something green grows. Is any of it really better than other stuff....I don't know. I am sure some of it is, but in my area the deer eat "cow food" all the time.
     
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  8. DocHolladay

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    I forgot to report on the Broadside Blend and how well the deer loved it. They cleaned house!!! I think if a person had a larger plot to plant it, it could withstand the deer pressure put on it. We only planted a 1/4 acre and it didn’t take but just a few weeks for the deer to mow it down. We have other plots but, they seemed to like this one the best. The beans came up first, then pretty much everything else jumped up a few days later. It did manage to get about 7” tall and that was about as far as it got. I will say that all the cool season stuff hung in there, but the deer kept it beat down. I have been trying to get my local seed guy to make this and sell it. He has other blends that do great. I may just have him make it for me.

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  9. DocHolladay

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    Here are a few pics that are the local seed blend. It’s roughly a 3/4 acre plot.

    A few weeks after planting-
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    A few more weeks later-
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  10. j-bird

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    Doc.....you must have some deer numbers! They certainly seem to like it, but they seem to be able to beat it down and keep it there as well. You mention having the mix made by your local guy.... I do this all the time. Seldom is it the same varieties, but with a local co-op or even the internet, once you have the glossy bag label it's fairly easy to replicate with decent success....typically at a cheaper cost. If you by chance have that product tag it may help some others if you can share it.... That was sort of my intent with this thread was to share the product mix in these fancy bags and share results of them to sort of help folks replicate/reverse engineer their own.
     
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  11. DocHolladay

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    We have a few deer. It’s just that we don’t have a lot of food for them once the leaves fall off and cold weather gets here. About half of our lease is pine for timber production. The rest is hardwoods that haven’t been thinned in years and has minimal undergrowth to feed them. So when food is present, they smash it. I wish we could do more, but it was like pulling teeth to expand a couple of food plots. We also supplemental feed and have to remove it 14 days prior to hunting(the last piece has to be off the ground and none in the feeders).

    As for the mix, he just has a sheet of paper with what is in it(no percentages). It’s called Final Meal and is their version of Biologic Last Bite. They swap the triticale with Cereal Rye, and add AWP into it. Does superb when planted in Aug/Sept here in tennessee(as long as it rains, which it hasn’t). I planted my local foodplot with Final Meal Sept 8 and is hasn’t rained a drop. I also have spread over a 1/2 acre of the plot with Daikon Radish too. I think the radishes and turnips will just produce leaves with small “fruit” because of the lack of rain. It is rained up to the week prior of me planting.


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  12. DocHolladay

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    We have had 0.2” of rain for the month of September. Creeks are drying/dried up, ponds are getting dry, seed is still laying on the ground waiting to explode as soon as the ground starts getting wet. Should hopefully have some next week.


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  13. j-bird

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    I just bought an Antler King product called "Slam Dunk" I wanted to share the contents just in case others are interested.

    a 3.5 lb bag advertised to cover 1/4 acre was $20 at my local farm retail store

    The seed tag reads:
    39.65% LC6040 forage peas 85% germ
    24.55% Mancan Buckwheat 85% germ
    19.78% CCS 779 tillage radish 90% germ
    14.85% trophy rape 85% germ
     

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