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Contributors to this thread:
sir misalots 05-Dec-17
woodstick 05-Dec-17
Pat Lefemine 05-Dec-17
Catscratch 05-Dec-17
kluzakd 05-Dec-17
woodstick 05-Dec-17
drycreek 05-Dec-17
The last savage 05-Dec-17
jdrdeerslayer 05-Dec-17
RIT 05-Dec-17
RIT 05-Dec-17
woodstick 05-Dec-17
Deerplotter 05-Dec-17
Catscratch 06-Dec-17
Catscratch 06-Dec-17
Catscratch 06-Dec-17
Catscratch 06-Dec-17
Catscratch 06-Dec-17
LETEMGROW 08-Dec-17
Bowhuntingboy 21-Feb-18
Michael Schwister 22-Feb-18
GLP 24-Feb-18
SILVERADO 28-Feb-18
SILVERADO 28-Feb-18
SILVERADO 28-Feb-18
SILVERADO 02-Mar-18
Langbow 04-Mar-18
SILVERADO 04-Mar-18
Langbow 05-Mar-18
RIT 14-Apr-18
From: sir misalots
05-Dec-17
looking for an easy no till broadcast seed for shaded area Looking to increase deer activity and browse

any thoughts?

From: woodstick
05-Dec-17
What's growing there now? What time of the year do you want to increase deer activity? Might just spread fertilizer and lime and boost whatever is already there.

From: Pat Lefemine
05-Dec-17
There is no such thing as throw and grow. You may get 10 turnip plants to pop up that way but it's hardly effective. If you can work your soil in some small way, then there are crops that germinate fast and are decent at popping up on direct soil contact with no tilling, but even a minimal effort at tilling, amending and seeding will yield dramatically better results. Basically, the label "Throw and grow" should be labled: "Throw us your cash to grow our profits"

From: Catscratch
05-Dec-17
How shaded is it? Under a full canopy in a forest type of shade, or shaded half a day clearing in the forest type of shade? What do you want to grow there? I've done throw-n-mow successfully with wheat, oats, winter rye, buckwheat, millet, beans, milo, turnips, radishes, and sunflowers. Real easy to do with a sprayer, some sun, and rain.

From: kluzakd
05-Dec-17
I am with Pat on this. I have tried throw and grow and all I did was throw away money. Ken

From: woodstick
05-Dec-17
Throw and mow is different from throw and grow. Throw and mow means that something is already growing there. You kill what's there, sow something else, and mow the dead vegatation. Throw and grow is throw some seed and walk away, then come back to a foodplot. Sometimes that will work with ryegrass on bare ground, but not much will grow in the woods with six inches of red oak leaves. I've had decent results with white clover, buckwheat, and rye grain with minimum prep on bare fround.

From: drycreek
05-Dec-17
A leaf blower or a rake will clear the ground of debris, but most of the throw and grow stuff looks like they swept it up off the floor. I would much rather plant a good blend from GRO that is a proven blend. If you can get to bare dirt, you can spread it and roll it in with a four wheeler or side by side.

05-Dec-17
I appreciate the input from you guys that are established food plot infectinados...I have annually considered throw n gro,,,until now. .I simply can't afford to waste money,,,,,thx

05-Dec-17
best thing alo g those lines is clover frost seeded.....assuming it's in a field or open area and skip is decent

From: RIT
05-Dec-17

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1acre Throw and Mow
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I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss a form of throw and mow. I did an acre this year and didn't spray before planting. The results were only the best food plot I have managed the past 5 years even with almost no rainfall. It's December and I still have deer routinely hitting the plot.

In years past I have disced, tilled, cultipacked. Plots look great until they didn't. I have poor soil that needs improvement and there is zero chance a disc makes it any better.

From: RIT
05-Dec-17
Just a little background I have about 3 hours spent on this plot. This site has been a food plot for the last 5 years. This year I let it go natural. I did fertilize the natural vegetation in the spring. I had volunteer brassicas, clover, ragweed, a few other natural "weeds" that the deer didn't mind browsing on.

September 1st I broadcast Winter rye, clover, and a few tillage radishes into the 3-4' vegetation. I then mowed it to the ground with a brush hog and walked away. I ended up with a nice stand of WR, clover, a few radishes, and more volunteer brassicas. The plot is virtually weed free.

From: woodstick
05-Dec-17
For the original post, I'd suggest rye and clover for an easy no till broadcast seed for a shady area. You'll get some growth with minimal input. That should increase deer activity. A chainsaw will increase browse better than any thing you could sow. Nice looking plot RIT. some of my best plots were done similar to yours, but the prep work was done in the years before.

From: Deerplotter
05-Dec-17
If you are not going to do much ground prep choose a small seed variety. Rape, Clover, Winter Rye, and be sure to fertilize. Agree with others in that tilling and ground prep and doing it right to start with you are money ahead.

From: Catscratch
06-Dec-17

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I don't care how anyone plants their plots but I hardly see how throw n mow would be throwing money away. It costs no more to plant a field than buying seed and a gallon of generic gly. No tractor, no fuel, no implements to buy. Of course if you already had a tractor and implements then I could see how you would consider tillage a cheap alternative, but even then it still doesn't get cheaper than seed and spray. A crop failure is expensive in many respects (time and money), but throw-n-mow is almost impossible to get a failure with so I don't see the dislike for it.

From: Catscratch
06-Dec-17

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Brassicas
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Brassicas

From: Catscratch
06-Dec-17

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Winer rye , clover, chicory mix
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Winer rye , clover, chicory mix

From: Catscratch
06-Dec-17

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Millet
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Millet

From: Catscratch
06-Dec-17

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Sunflowers with buckwheat strips.
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Sunflowers with buckwheat strips.

From: LETEMGROW
08-Dec-17
If there is anything green and growing there now(besides trees) you may have some luck. Id start by thinning your trees for more light. As for throw and grow. That is garbage seed. I plant all my plots with a sprayer(Gly) and a roller. kill vegetation, then spread seed and roll right before a good heavy rain.

21-Feb-18
Oats for sure are the easiest things to grow out there. As long as they get sunlight. Same with all brassicas and clover. The key is sunlight, decent soil, spraying weeds, and you have a plot.

22-Feb-18
Winter cover crop rye is about as "throw and grow" as it gets. With a little rain it will grow on a parking lot. A great fall attractant crop and soil builder. For annuals, a white clover blend spread in February on semi bare or bare ground can/should yield a productive stand. Mow to control weeds

From: GLP
24-Feb-18
I use throw and grow in my fall plots. I mix 1 lb of clover with a bag of throw ang grow, but I still till fertilize an lime and till. I have had fantastic results with this. In February I frost seed clover. Works well for small plots in the woods ( 1/8 acre )

From: SILVERADO
28-Feb-18

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I’m trying it for the first time this year. I will be unable to till. There have been no food plots there previously. I am planning on using lime and fertilizer (10.10.10) unless u guys think something else. I’m from CT and unfortunately will not be able to hunt this property until Nov 1. Any suggestions the picture of the 2 open areas I’m planning on trying plots on.

From: SILVERADO
28-Feb-18

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From: SILVERADO
28-Feb-18
Both fields are roughly 14,500 sq ft. Do you think it would be better to grow the same product or 2 different

From: SILVERADO
02-Mar-18
Ttt

From: Langbow
04-Mar-18
Are you planting in spring or fall?

From: SILVERADO
04-Mar-18
Spring

From: Langbow
05-Mar-18
I would try 2 different products. I am curious how it goes, I have tried and failed with throw and grow efforts.

From: RIT
14-Apr-18
What is growing there now?

If not much or just natural weeds/vegetation I would just fertilize it and let it go all natural. Depending on how involved you want to get you could do a soil test or just hit it with a general triple 19.

I wouldn’t plant a spring plot. What I would do those is hinge a couple trees on the outside to help get a little more light into the openings if it is rather shady. Then around late july/early August I would broadcast winter rye, some white clovers, and tillage radishes into the standing vegetation. Then I’d mow it down and walk away. Or use whatever tools you have at your disposal. I’d be willing to bet by November you will have a nice stand of winter rye. As your soil improves you can add things like AWPs and a few other brassicas.

I started this last year on piss poor soil and it was pretty successful. As I improve soil it will only get better. I have deer still feeding in the winter rye every night.

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