Latest time to plant?

Discussion in 'Food Plots for Wildlife' started by 30-30, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. 30-30

    30-30 New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    US
    I got a plot put in the first week of October but all this rain in North Texad has flooded the field. When the water goes away, what is the latest I could plant and what should I plant? What I used prior was BWI's Fall mix.
     
  2. X-farmerdan

    X-farmerdan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    495
    Likes Received:
    315
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia, USDA Zone 7b
    I don't know anything about your climate, but here in Virginia, far north of you I presume, we haven't started planting wheat or cover crops like rye, yet. So, I assume there's time for what you want to do, but the amount of growth you may get will be somewhat limited in the amount of growth. I'd go for it until early November.
     
  3. Brian

    Brian Member

    Messages:
    83
    Likes Received:
    27
    Location:
    SW Mississippi (USDA Zone 8b)
    I'm further south than you, but I've used Rye in mid-December to fill in bare spots and had good germination - I literally just broadcast it on the ground and it grew. I always save some of my Rye seed when I plant now just for that reason. Although I don't have any experience with planting Wheat late, I have read about farmers who probably are a little north of you planting as late as Thanksgiving.
     
  4. TreeDaddy

    TreeDaddy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    536
    Likes Received:
    284
    Location:
    walton,texas
    I am in east texas

    Our winters are mild

    I would vote to "go ahead"

    Elbon rye is idiot proof in the Post Oak Savannah ecoregion of Texas

    bill
     
  5. SwampCat

    SwampCat Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    651
    Likes Received:
    380
    Location:
    SW AR
    Hardiness Zone:
    7
    My next door row crop neighbor aerial seeds wheat around Thanskgiving for commercial production. His field usually has deer on it by mid December. I am hoping to get my last wheat in the ground early next week if we can get five days of no rain and dry this mess up. SW Arkansas
     
  6. pinetag

    pinetag Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    895
    Likes Received:
    428
    Location:
    Virginia
    Hardiness Zone:
    7a
    What about seeding ladino clover? Too late for that in VA?
     
  7. X-farmerdan

    X-farmerdan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    495
    Likes Received:
    315
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia, USDA Zone 7b
    Depends on your level of ability to tolerate risk! I guess I'd rather gamble on it now rather than in the spring. Here's the thing. IF we have enough decent weather, that is to say, soils stay fairly warm (40s - 50s) and we get enough rain (who needs more rain, you could ask), the clover might germinate in maybe three weeks. Now it's Thanksgiving. The chances of a hard, hard freeze are growing. If the ground freezes solid to a depth of an inch for as little as a day or two, your clover is dead. A little clover root in a block of frozen soil will die of thirst! Does that happen to us here in central Virginia? It might. it might not. Maybe this is the year we get lucky.
     
  8. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,807
    Likes Received:
    1,294
    Location:
    Huntingdon Co. PA
    Hardiness Zone:
    6a
    I know you are way south, but for comparisons sake Pa zone 6 is way too late to plant anything. If you really want growth, Labor day is the latest to plant anything except maybe rye.
     
  9. X-farmerdan

    X-farmerdan Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    495
    Likes Received:
    315
    Location:
    Richmond, Virginia, USDA Zone 7b
    We just started planting wheat. On the coastal Plain and from Richmond south it will continue until the beginning of December - if the weather cooperates.
     
  10. Cap'n

    Cap'n Active Member

    Messages:
    330
    Likes Received:
    172
    Location:
    Okla. City
    If you want a green field to hunt on get some annual rye, it will be up quick.
    I don't know whats in the fall mix you mentioned but my guess is it probably got plenty of rye mixed with legumes and a clover or brasicas. That would be a good over all mix, even for after the season. It depends on what your trying to accomplish. Something is better than nothing. You may have noticed most of the rye and wheat have had to be replanted because it all got washed in the rain. and that was drilled.
     
  11. pinetag

    pinetag Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    895
    Likes Received:
    428
    Location:
    Virginia
    Hardiness Zone:
    7a
    Well I went ahead and seeded some clover yesterday but fortunately the rye I put down Oct 17 is starting to pop up so the plot is not a total loss. Hopefully ground temps stay warm long enough to get some fall growth but if not I'm going to take the leftover seed and frost seed in the spring.
    [​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G930V using Tapatalk
     
    Cap'n likes this.
  12. 30-30

    30-30 New Member

    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    US
    Well, there's always next year. Food plot area is under water that won't be going down anytime soon. We had historical rain in Sept and Oct, plus November has been a wet month. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  13. TreeDaddy

    TreeDaddy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    536
    Likes Received:
    284
    Location:
    walton,texas
    ^^^^^^^^^ a great plot........

    .........for ducks

    bill
     
  14. N.B.Manny

    N.B.Manny New Member

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    moncton Newbrunswick Canada
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. Matt Galati,
  2. wheelhorseiron,
  3. pinetag,
  4. jsasker007,
  5. Kaleb,
  6. HawgPharm,
  7. BudgetBowHunter,
  8. Baker
Total: 88 (members: 8, guests: 59, robots: 21)
(moderators are listed in blue)