Micro woods plot success pics

Discussion in 'Food Plots for Wildlife' started by pinetag, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. pinetag

    pinetag Well-Known Member

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    Those plots are looking good DIY!! My creek plot from last fall is starting to fill in but it's not quite as lush as yours. The new one I cleared this spring has a long way to go still.

    First pic is from last fall's plot with frost seeded oats from this spring. Pic was taken on 4/27. Second pic is my new plot with oats and clover frost seeded this spring and pic was taken on 4/13.
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    Guess it’s time for an update on my +/-.25 acre plot. Cleared and planted in mid March. In general I’d say March is a weird time to start a new plot. I’d prefer to start in the fall.

    WR and MRC broadcast in March. I added 10 pounds of BW ~May 3rd, Picture taken May 4th.

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    I started daylighting the plot in May, I’ll continue that project next month.

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    pinetag Well-Known Member

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    That looks like it will turn into a great plot weekender!

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  4. Deadeye

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    Great Thread.

    The ONLY way we can do any Plots is make them Micro. We are leasing the land and are not allowed to cut any Market Trees. So I have to work with areas that I believe will get enough sun to allow growth.

    Last year I disced to Fresh Ground an area that was maybe 1/4 acre and seeded it with WTI Clover as the main seed and mixed in some Wintergreens. The WG's did not much at all, but the Clover did pretty good, with as dry as Florida's Piney Woods are.

    Other Plots I tried either were ate to the ground or never did much even with extra Lime and Fert. The other one that did OK was wet and had some Sun. which I have learned is the Key on our land.

    We will add others this year but here is what we got so far:

    This plot came out the best.
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    This one is starting to look better
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    This one got eat to the ground.
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  5. FarmerD

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    This one is 40 feet in diameter, surrounded by hardwoods and pines ..... Durana Clover, planted last fall.... it still amazes me.

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  6. BudgetBowHunter

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    This is a little experiment plot i threw in this spring using my new found lazy method seems to be going strong 20 days after planting. Its a custom blend of seed that i swear i wrote down somewhere but from what i remember it's WR, DR, CC, Alfalfa, RC and a few other odd seeds i had left over maybe some cow peas or soy beans cant remember. [​IMG]

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    Close up of individual growth. [​IMG]

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  8. Deadeye

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    Nice.

    Our biggest issue is the low quality of the soil. And after talking with a neighbor who's grandfather owned the land on 3 sides, this piece has always been planted pines for as long as he could remember. So not much "good stuff" to work with from the start.

    I plan to be up there in 2 weeks and will check on what we have and add others.
     
  9. pinetag

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    I checked my creek plot this evening and the oats are getting some good height to them and have started to produce seed heads. I was surprised to find two beds right in the middle of the plot and I also found some of the ladino clover making it's way through. I will cut the oats later this summer and add some more clover and winter rye in the fall.
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  10. pinetag

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    I was doing some research and I'm not so sure those seed heads (second pic above) in my plot are oats. Everything I'm seeing online looks like rye to me, but I thought my fall planted rye from last year was mostly flooded out. Can anyone confirm? I must have oats and rye mixed because when I frost seeded oats a couple months back I have close up pics of the oat seeds germinating. Pic below was taken 3/23/19. I guess the rye that survived is what I'm seeing has the seed heads?

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  11. Creek chub

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    Did your buckwheat do ok? I have similar plot I may add buckwheat to Saturday
     
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    Yes, winter rye. It’s pretty much bullet proof.
     
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    I'll be back in mid June and will provide an update then.
     

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