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My first large scale plot. About three acres. Very happy with the results so far. Planted soy beans and winter rye in early September. Even though it's only rained once or twice until last night, the deer have been hitting it pretty hard. Thanks tcook for the advice!

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Nice. The beans wont last long but will be an instant attractant. The rye will feed for the rest of the season. 

Good luck with it

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8 minutes ago, tcook8296 said:

Nice. The beans wont last long but will be an instant attractant. The rye will feed for the rest of the season. 

Good luck with it

Thanks Tom

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Looks a lot better than ours ! We planted winter wheat and peas in the second week of Sept. With no rain since it looks like a dessert just this past week we started to see some growth. Hopefully this rain will really get it growing.

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1 hour ago, OMC said:

Looks a lot better than ours ! We planted winter wheat and peas in the second week of Sept. With no rain since it looks like a dessert just this past week we started to see some growth. Hopefully this rain will really get it growing.

You should start seeing some growth. 

Morning dew now every morning really helps

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Since these are late fall and winter plots does the first frost hurt them as much ? Will they continue to grow after the frost hits ?

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Electric did you use the seed from Merit ? The last plot we did we used it on Tom's advise and it grew great. Hoping for the same results this year. 

Merit was very helpful on what would work best in the area we were planting both times. This year it was mixed in with the farmers seed he planted for his hay. We did an edge of the field about 60 by 250 yards long 

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7 hours ago, OMC said:

Since these are late fall and winter plots does the first frost hurt them as much ? Will they continue to grow after the frost hits ?

Rye and Wheat will continue to grow. 

Rye, wheat and clover is a pretty much year round food source

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So the peas were a waste of time ? 

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11 hours ago, OMC said:

Electric did you use the seed from Merit ? The last plot we did we used it on Tom's advise and it grew great. Hoping for the same results this year. 

Merit was very helpful on what would work best in the area we were planting both times. This year it was mixed in with the farmers seed he planted for his hay. We did an edge of the field about 60 by 250 yards long 

Yes. I bought from Merit on Tom's recommendation. I will definitely purchase from them in the future.

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Not trying to hijack thread but thought I would add I took advice from tcook on my first plot. Nuked one acre all summer. Planted clover and rye Labor Day. Tonight I watched a six and a real nice 2 1/2 year old 8 plus a few doe feeding while sipping my bourbon on my porch. If I didn’t have bigger target bucks I would have been attempting a stalk. I guess if you build it they will come. Thanks again tcook.


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1 hour ago, OMC said:

So the peas were a waste of time ? 

I wouldnt say that. I dont have any pesonal experience with peas but my thoughts they are a candy crop to the deer same as the soybeans I plant in the summer. Post some pics of the peas and let us know how well they grow for you, if the deer like them and how they make out after a frost. 

I like planting a variety. I glass deer almost every evening in my food plots and its funny how some deer will walk through a plot looking for their favorite food. 

I recomnend the rye, wheat and clover because they are easy plots to grow. 

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I would have had a nice quartering away shot from the “Cat Dozer” stand lol


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Here is my first no plow plot of brassicas and turnips . Came up spotty in some sections so I threw down some winter rye yesterday . Deer are hitting the tops already and even some bulbs. Clover was all frost seeded in March and came up great .

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