Native your field looks as close to perfect as we can get. It is amazing that it grew so well having been planted in drought conditions.The wheat did indeed do its job.Rye is used here versus wheat just because it is cheaper (local seed) and I didn't realize wheat had similar weed inhibiting tendencies as in rye.
Years ago chicory was not planted in food plots;today I wouldn't plant clover here without it. The two grow together nicely and help keep the deer well fed and content.
Is it your experience that a clover nurse crop usually lasts till this time of year?
I had it in my mind that it would have been done 45 days ago.
Looking good. Looks like you went a little heavy on the chicory. I did the same thing. Chicory is a great late summer forage.
Native, what's your typical planting protocol in the fall?
Were you disking, using a drill, or TnM?
Native, do your deer eat the chicory year round? I see little browse on mine till late summer /fall. I just don't see it browsed as much at my place as the clovers and alfalfa. And they seem to like the flowers even more than the leaves. They do browse it, but the other they just hammer nearly year round. But I do like it especially for drought and yours as usual look amazing.
As for the WW, my deer love it. My only complaint of WW over WR is the WW tends to tiller more and makes crop rotation alittle more work when usuing tillage. Now that I don't use tillage, its not a problem. I remember the long arguments by somewith Lickcreek on the old forum over his preference to WR. I use both and sometimes intermix in same field. Great stuff.