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So last spring you might have followed along on my clover planting process 1/4 acre backyard food plot.

With the warm temps and rain finally here you can see my clovers are coming in nicely. I frost seeded and you can see the dirt area with new growth from that. (That is a section that floods and gets plowed durin snowy days so the clovers get dug up accidnetlally.)

There are some grasses growing but the clover should choke it out - I will mow the plot in another few weeks once it deepens. I might spray if the grasses get too thick.

 

Last summer I sprayed and mowed in a dry spell and mowed short on top of that.. the clovers stressed out and went dormant all deer season. This year I went make that mistake.  I won't mow it all summer unless there is rain coming. And now I have a brush hog to mow it deeper than my rose on mower would allow. Should be fun!

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Now you will have a good chance of finding a four leaf clover.........

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27 minutes ago, JerseyJaysTaxidermy said:

the clovers get dug up accidentally.

Doing donuts in the clover with your tractor is not accidental.  :shakehead:

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Looks good. Mow it high. Clover is cheap, when we have a good rain in the forecast keep over seeding it. 

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2 minutes ago, tcook8296 said:

 Clover is cheap, when we have a good rain in the forecast keep over seeding it. 

Jay needs to stop buying the ridiculously expensive "hunting brand" of clover and buy in bulk as you do.  Same stuff for less than 1/10th the cost.   I meant to say something to him yesterday when I was over with TroutandBucks to drop off T&B's gobbler for a full strut mount.  Jay, save yourself tons and buy enough to overseed regularly.  Imperial Whitetail Clover is just a huge marketing ploy aimed at selling to hunters for small food plots.  If you check the seed source, you will quickly find it everywhere online in bulk for pennies on the dollar by comparison.  I learned that lesson long ago myself at our old PA hunting camp.     

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Besides in a week, Jay, you're going to need spare cash for baby diapers! :)

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23 minutes ago, Bucksnbows said:

Jay needs to stop buying the ridiculously expensive "hunting brand" of clover and buy in bulk as you do.  Same stuff for less than 1/10th the cost.   I meant to say something to him yesterday when I was over with TroutandBucks to drop off T&B's gobbler for a full strut mount.  Jay, save yourself tons and buy enough to overseed regularly.  Imperial Whitetail Clover is just a huge marketing ploy aimed at selling to hunters for small food plots.  If you check the seed source, you will quickly find it everywhere online in bulk for pennies on the dollar by comparison.  I learned that lesson long ago myself at our old PA hunting camp.     

I already turned him on to Merit seed so he could buy the seed cheaper

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Never buy the seed with the picture of a big buck on the bag. Automatic 100% mark up.

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My clover plots look like rototillees went through them. They have browsed it real hard. 

You should put up a utilization cage. It will tell you how much the deer are browsing it. 

Make sure you stake it. The deer at my place knock it over or nudge it to the side

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13 minutes ago, tcook8296 said:

My clover plots look like rototillees went through them. They have browsed it real hard. 

You should put up a utilization cage. It will tell you how much the deer are browsing it. 

Make sure you stake it. The deer at my place knock it over or nudge it to the side

Tcook, what about fencing an area and saving it for late Oct? Do you think something like that would work?

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1 hour ago, megavites said:

Tcook, what about fencing an area and saving it for late Oct? Do you think something like that would work?

Ive never seen it done with clover probably because it can handle heavy browsing. My clover should bounce back now that things are starting to green up. I do hear more fencing of smaller plots of corn and soybeans

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I never mow my clover under 6 inches. Been successful so far.

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No need to protect clover, I've never had a clover plot that couldn’t withstand the deer pressure. The tender new growth from them constantly eating it makes it even more attractive to the Deer. Your clovers looking real good. I have a bunch of clover plots. Having some perennial plots make it a lot easier to get all the plots and chores done in a timely fashion especially when your a 1000 miles away from your farm.  It’s a no brainer and the deer love it.  I still mostly use Imperiel whitetail clover, they just seem to hit it a bit harder than my Ladino /Alice clover plots. I also love my throw and mow cereal rye plots. Quick and easy, and the Deer hit it hard all fall and winter. It’s a major attractant. 

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I dont see deer in it.. but they will come once fawns are dropped I'm sure.
I dont have any deer hitting my minerals either.



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43 minutes ago, JerseyJaysTaxidermy said:

I dont see deer in it.. but they will come once fawns are dropped I'm sure.
I dont have any deer hitting my minerals either.



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Was there Deer in it last year? My Clover gets hammered early spring when nothing else is greened up yet, but as spring progresses they have so many options, but honestly, they should still be stopping by for s nibble. 

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I started it last year so it didnt green up and get hit til june .. I saw 1 deer in it night before last with a flashlight as I was filling my generator. Deer are not bedding close by yet.. could be due to a family of fox that are denned up under my neighbors shes close to my clovers? Maybe they dont wanna drop fawns so close to fox?
Last year I had 2 does and 3 fawns here nightly after dark and sometimes for a quick bite in daylight. This year so far 0 deer around. I know they made it through the hunting season. Hope they didnt die to the deep snow.

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Deer are laying low right now as they are having their fawns. I usually see 30 to 40 deer feeding in the clover by me and they have vanished. Fawns popping up now. 

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Deer are laying low right now as they are having their fawns. I usually see 30 to 40 deer feeding in the clover by me and they have vanished. Fawns popping up now. 
That's what I'm figuring.

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