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10-23-2020 01:28 PM
Stillhuntn No, it's not too late, as mentioned. Typically, you can plant all of the way into early November and have plenty time for everything to come up. If you're only talking about an acre or so, I would bush hog it and then disk it really well incorporating the thatch into the soil but it doesn't need to look like it came out of a bag of top soil. You really only need to broken up enough to cover the seed well but if you want a "pretty" plot disk it until it's smooth. IMO, disking the plot is what makes a good plot, I'm not a fan of the throw and mow mostly because my grass isn't thick enough to do that.

For the acreage you're planting I would recommend at least 2 50# sacks, if not 3, of three way seed blend from your local co-op. We usually match seed to fertilizer so if you buy 3 sacks of seed get 3 sacks of 13-13-13. We always broadcast each seed and fertilizer individually because the heavier fertilizer will fall to the bottom of the mixture and now your seed and fertilizer aren't spread evenly. After you get all of the seed and fertilizer out drag it to your liking.

Before you roll it, for a little extra, you can lightly top sow the plot with about 3-5 pounds of clover seed. I like ladino myself. After top sowing with clover then roll it and wait for the rain. Do not seed the clover with everything else. Your food plot blend seeds need to be about an inch deep but clover only needs to be about 1/4" deep or just covered.

Good Luck!
10-20-2020 09:41 AM
mississippi2
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I have a late-60s Ford 5000 tractor, bush-hog, disk, chain-link gate (poor man's harrow), drum roller.

I'd like to do the simplest method possible, because I'll be doing it by myself and I really only have this week to get it done. I think the area is about 1 acre.

Thanks.
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10-19-2020 10:02 PM
canebrake
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Originally Posted by Rancher View Post
If itís that short then probably better off passing disc a few times then throw seed and cover.

Next year throw your seed out 1st then bush hog plot to cover seed with thatch.
Thatís exactly what I would do.
10-19-2020 07:54 PM
Rancher
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This area was bush hogged about 10 days ago, and it's about 6-10" high now. So throw my seed out onto/into this grass, then bush hog right after? Don't fertilize until until cold weather?

Thanks.
If itís that short then probably better off passing disc a few times then throw seed and cover.

Next year throw your seed out 1st then bush hog plot to cover seed with thatch.
10-19-2020 07:22 PM
jakesnake66
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Throw seed out then bush hog standing grass and pray for rain. Fertilize after 1st killing frost so native summer grass dies off.
This area was bush hogged about 10 days ago, and it's about 6-10" high now. So throw my seed out onto/into this grass, then bush hog right after? Don't fertilize until until cold weather?

Thanks.
10-19-2020 07:08 PM
jakesnake66
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Originally Posted by canebrake View Post
Itís definitely not to late. What equipment do you have access to?
I have a late-60s Ford 5000 tractor, bush-hog, disk, chain-link gate (poor man's harrow), drum roller.

I'd like to do the simplest method possible, because I'll be doing it by myself and I really only have this week to get it done. I think the area is about 1 acre.

Thanks.
10-19-2020 03:38 PM
Tjc
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Originally Posted by Rancher View Post
Throw seed out then bush hog standing grass and pray for rain. Fertilize after 1st killing frost so native summer grass dies off.
I’d do this
10-19-2020 12:12 PM
Rancher Throw seed out then bush hog standing grass and pray for rain. Fertilize after 1st killing frost so native summer grass dies off.
10-19-2020 09:09 AM
canebrake Itís definitely not to late. What equipment do you have access to?
10-18-2020 06:25 PM
Mr Drysdale You still have plenty of time. All I can tell you is how we do it. We bush hog plots and spray round up a few days later. Wait two weeks and then till our fertilize in with a rear tine tiller. Spread seed (been using Pennington’s Mississippi Complete for about six years) and then drag with a section of doubled up chain link fence behind four wheeler. We have planted 14 food plots this year just like that. BTW if it is a new plot that has not been planted in the past years we disc before we till. If it has been planted in past years the tiller is all that is needed. All plots are up and look great with the rain we have had. Deer are already hammering them.
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