Our plot have done well this fall and winter. My uncle kept sending pictures to my dad and I showing his plots, commenting about how the plots weren't growing. I kept referring to the exclusion cage, and he wasn't understanding - turns out they didn't put them back last fall when they finished with the throw n mow. My dad was finally able to make the trip to the farm for turkey season (due to work, I was unable to attend, which allowed him to catch up with me on the scoreboard - darn it). Here are some of the plots :
Durana & Patriot Clover Mixture with Rye, Wheat, and Oats (about 1/8" hunting plot, we are looking to expand out to approx 3/4-1 acre this year) :
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Rye, Wheat, Oats, Clover, Radish, Turnip, and Hairy Vetch Plot (approx 1 acre in size) :
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They completed a modified throw n mow last month. They ran the disks oriented straight to make small furrows like a drill would do, then spread the seed. They still want to pulverize the dirt with a tiller, I'm slowly weening them off - the compromise was straight ran disks to let them feel like they "worked" the dirt, without doing too much damage. It was too wet at the time to mow, as the next morning it rained 1.5", followed by 2 days later another 1.5". I am hoping my uncle mowed the plots last week, but haven't gotten an update. We decided to go with a mixture of Green Cover's Summer Release, and Green Cover's Upland Bird mixtures. I hope to make it up in the next month or so, to see how the planting turned out.
Thankfully, my uncle after seeing my dad and mine's 1 acre food plots with clover and grain knee deep instead of bowling alley height (the durana/patriot plot is one of his and example of his plots), he is coming around to expanding his this year, we are trying to get all of them between 3/4-1 acre in size.
They also planted a couple of strips with a short native grass mix alongside the plots, along with native wildflowers and forbs from Johnston Seed (Eastern Monarch Mixture) - cover seed with a couple of summer millets. One is the electrical highline I hunt, and then a sloped area nearby that is too steep for continual planting yearly.