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Help, what to plant in sandy soil?
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Contributors to this thread:
Inshart 03-Jul-23
Jed Gitchel 03-Jul-23
Buckdeer 03-Jul-23
Kydeer1 03-Jul-23
t-roy 03-Jul-23
craigmcalvey 03-Jul-23
grizzly63 03-Jul-23
Zbone 04-Jul-23
grape 04-Jul-23
Franzen 04-Jul-23
Inshart 04-Jul-23
Lewis 04-Jul-23
t-roy 05-Jul-23
Thornton 05-Jul-23
Smtn10PT 05-Jul-23
Castle Oak 05-Jul-23
Buckdeer 05-Jul-23
Fuzzy 10-Jul-23
Medicinemann 10-Jul-23
Inshart 10-Jul-23
MDW 13-Jul-23
Hawken 22-Jul-23
q d m 22-Jul-23
From: Inshart
On my food plot I have an area that is mostly sand. Last year my plot turned out pretty good except an area of sandy soil. What can I plant? Thanks, Bob

Bob, if you find a good patch of sandy soil : always best to grab a drink plant your behind and wait for deer season.

From: Buckdeer
Where are you located

From: Kydeer1
I'd say you can plant about anything if you have some implements and resources for lime/fertilizer. They may not be the best plots but you can prob still get most stuff to grow. Without any more info I'd say clover, cereal rye and buckwheat are pretty darn solid options to get something to grow if you are struggling.

From: t-roy
Unless you have adequate moisture, you will struggle to grow almost anything that will amount to very much. I haven’t grown it, but milo is said to be very drought tolerant. Might give that a try.

From: craigmcalvey
Rye grows on my sand

From: grizzly63
An irrigation point?

From: Zbone
Fresh out of high school worked for a reclaim outfit, rye will grow about on anything, seen it even grow in pickup beds and is the crop used first after reclamation...

From: grape
Winter rye

From: Franzen
I've got roughly a 23 acre "plot" of milo. They do claim it can do well in drought, but it sure does look a lot better after our recent rains...

From: Inshart
I'm located about 3 hours north of the Twin Cities. No water source close.

I'll lime and fertilize it and try some rye.


From: Lewis
If you are into turkey hunting go with chufa if not you have plenty of options good luck Lewis

From: t-roy
I’d bet rye would be your best option, Bob. You could try planting some brassicas there, in 2-3 weeks. If it turns off relatively wet, they might do ok. If not, you would still have time to put the rye in around September 1st.

From: Thornton
We grow everything here in Kansas on sand. Not sure what their secret is, because most of our sandy soil starts west of Wichita and I am east.

From: Smtn10PT

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From: Castle Oak
I've had good luck with rye together with crimson clover. Crimson is an annual clover and very tolerant of sandy conditions if pH is good. Plus, if the initial stand produces well, simply lightly disc it in late summer/early fall to have a secondary stand.

From: Buckdeer
clover is real hard to grow on sand.I have I would say 7 out of 10 on sand in some of my plots. It may be that in the summer plots you may just have to get lucky.In fall plots you can plant wheat,oats or rye.Milo will grow if it rains but is favored during certain stages of grow and it heavily eaten by birds and even coons so it's like corn need to plant a bit to have some left.Where your temps should be cooler I would try spring plots maybe even beans but buckwheat is good also.All depends on rain and heat with sand

From: Fuzzy
true sand has trouble holding water and nutrients, building organic material in the topsoil helps but takes time and/or money input, if you check your USDA soil map you can tell more about what your actual soil profile is and there will be some general recommendations for crops, as well as soils limitations, there should be an Ag Extension agency with a soil scientist / agronomist who can help as well.

From: Medicinemann
If you enjoy turkey hunting, Lewis had an interesting suggestion.....chufa.

From: Inshart
Thanks everyone, appreciate the information.

From: MDW
New landowner that I'm doing some work for has dumped a lot of money this spring in basicly a 3 acre sand pile. He insisted on planting some drought tolerant clover, then thinks it can be watered with a 3/4" hose. I told him from experience that nothing will grow there in mid-summer. Wait till first of September, plant winter wheat, at first sign of moisture, it will sprout and be good all fall !

From: Hawken

From: q d m
If it's a small area work some Spagum Moss in it will help to retain water.Works for me.

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