Keystone Krops

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  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    I do a lot of experimenting with different food plots at my hunting lodge in zone 6b, Huntingdon County Pa, and I am going to start recording of some of my failures here. I often find myself running in circles as I plant food plots, not having a clue, doing things that later turn out to be the totally wrong thing, just like the Keystone Kops. This is our lodge.
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    This is a 2 acre RR soybean field that I'm experimenting with, I've broadcaast brassica into it in late June. 5lb GHR, 3lb PTT, & 2lb DER is up nicely. Our deer population is medium density but the back end of this field is under heavy grazing pressure. I've never mixed beans and brassica before, can't wait to see see how this turns out.
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    Look forward to seeing how things go. Are the beans ag type or forage type beans? I tend to wait until the beans start to yellow to reduce the competition and so the beans produce grain as well as possible. To me the brassica is just a bonus. Doing this means my brassica never get real big because of the reduced growing window. My deer also don't seem real keen on brassica either so I don;t worry about it too much, but I do it in case we do need some sort of emergency food. Brassica and cereal grains are great emergency foods because they are easy to grow and cheap!
     
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    Awesome looking place to spend time, MM. Looking forward to following along!
     
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    Wow, that is one heck of an awesome hunting lodge. Will be watching your thread.
     
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    This should be good. Like the little shack you have.
     
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    Ag beans. I always have good success with ag beans but this year the deer are really serious about wiping em out. That's why I planted early brassica, to try to take pressure off the beans. I usually do the same as you, seed into them when they turn yellow. I'm really curious if this will work.
     
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    My only fear would be that the brassica crowd the beans too much and reduce the grain production. I plant my beans specifically for the grain production so I try not to risk it. I have enough beans around for forage that I can plant small plots and they survive just fine. Beans tend to cope with competition far better than most other ag crops from what I have seen so hopefully they still do well for you.
     
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    Experiments will make for an interesting thread. If I had more plantable ground I’d like to do my own experiments. Very curious to see how this works, because if it’s successful I could see myself doing the same


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    I'll be posting the end results.
     
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    Do you currently have ideas of what you plan to try in future experiments?


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    Boy, you guys are really roughing it down there in Huntingdon County by the looks of that lodge.

    Beautiful setup! I look forward to seeing the end results of your experiments.
     
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