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What to do next with my plot??
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wisconsinteacher 29-Nov-21
KHNC 29-Nov-21
Habitat 29-Nov-21
wisconsinteacher 29-Nov-21
Treefarm 29-Nov-21
Missouribreaks 29-Nov-21
Hancock West 30-Nov-21
29-Nov-21
This was my first year with my food plot. It was made in late August and I just tossed winter rye on it and hoped for the best. It currently has a lot of dead smaller sticks still standing and it is rough and uneven. I would really like to level it out and remove the dead sticks prior to planting anything else. Would you try to find a farmer to disk it and then I could drag it with an ATV to smooth it out or do you think a 4' rototiller on the back of a tractor would be best to get the ground loose so I can drag it smooth?

Am I over thinking this? In my mind, I need a nice level surface but right now, the deer have hammered the winter rye to the point it is only 2" tall but the containment fence shows 5-7" of growth.

From: KHNC
29-Nov-21
Do you have plenty of topsoil? If not, do not disc or till it. On my farm in SC, i only have like 3" of topsoil. Even rye did terrible this year after spreading 1000lb of lime on 1/2 acre. Soil test in process now. I frost seeded durana clover back in february. It did awful and was full of weeds. Plant Durana clover in the fall. I am planting Buckwheat this spring using a no-till method, so my clover wont die. Its doing really good with the fall planting. Then you can broadcast clover and rye or wheat into the buckwheat , knock it down, and it will die after the first frost. Or you can knock it down and spray with Glyphosate too. Then the clover and other seed will have something to germinate under while growing. This is going to my hope for a lush plot next fall.

From: Habitat
29-Nov-21
Those answers sound pretty good to me.If I did have good enough top soil I would till hopefully 1 time.Grant woods has some pretty good covercrop methods for food plots on not so great soil.Hows the hunting

29-Nov-21
The hunting went well on the new land. We saw deer every sit!!! Can't wait to make the land better for next year.

From: Treefarm
29-Nov-21
I kill two birds with one stone. I plant trees that produce mast crops. While I wait for the trees to mature, I have cover habitat. Secure habitat is number one in keeping bucks on property and is often overlooked by those wanting well-rounded property. Deer will always find food as they are browsers. Food plots may seem appealing, but critical habitat should always be satisfied before working on dessert. My normal advice-put money and time into providing security. If the security cover is present, then by all means provide dessert.

29-Nov-21
Rototillers are great if the soil is not too rocky.

From: Hancock West
30-Nov-21
I think i'd run the tiller shallow, maybe 2-3" deep and then drag it. We have a plow & disc but never use it.

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