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Old July 21st, 2013, 02:36 PM   #1
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Since I know there are a decent amount of hunters on here I would like to get some advice if anyone has some experience with food plots. My buddy and I are getting ready to plant his food plot again this year. He has about 1 acre plot and in the past we have tried pre-mixed stuff, soy beans, and a couple other plants. We haven't had much luck with growth so we wanted to know what other people are having luck with. He just rototilled the plot today and will be doing it again this week as well as discing it and laying down weed killer. Thanks.
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Take this for what it's worth but a friend of a friend uses throw and grow in his food plots and loves it. I have never seen the plots but I have seen some of the nice bucks he has shot. His land is in southern Shiawassee County.
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My manager, probably one of the most knowledgeable and seasoned hunters I've ever met, SWEARS by Frigid Forage.

He planted this on a Friday night and by Sunday morning, he already had 2 inch sprouts. These are radish's, best for the guy who wants a good winter food source. One bag will plant an acre, around $25.

Throw and Grow is definitely a good standby, Biologic is some of the fastest growing I've ever seen as well.
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Since I know there are a decent amount of hunters on here I would like to get some advice if anyone has some experience with food plots. My buddy and I are getting ready to plant his food plot again this year. He has about 1 acre plot and in the past we have tried pre-mixed stuff, soy beans, and a couple other plants. We haven't had much luck with growth so we wanted to know what other people are having luck with. He just rototilled the plot today and will be doing it again this week as well as discing it and laying down weed killer. Thanks.
Take a soil sample in and have it tested, maybe it needs some work for good growth.

We have used throw and grow in the past and it did ok but this year we are gonna try some of this stuff http://www.deerattraction.com/ultimate.htm

Also have some corn growing.
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Throw n grow works for me
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You have to know if the ground you are trying to grow on will support any thing other than grass.

I have been up north and seen "deer Plots" on blow sand and it always cracks me up to see persons trying to grow corn and soy beans on old oak savannah. It can not be done.

You need at least a 2.0 organic material to grow corn and soy beans.

If you have shit sand, stick with oats and rye grass.
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You could try your local Kalamazoo soil conservation district office, their website says they have soil test kits for $12. Then you'd know what you're dealing with.
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You could try your local Kalamazoo soil conservation district office, their website says they have soil test kits for $12. Then you'd know what you're dealing with.
My buddy lives on the east side, but I will have to look into bringing a sample back with me.
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Before you just throw random stuff out you need to test it to see how acidic the soil is. You can't just till up the dirt/sand throw some seeds out and expect to have good growth. You need to plant seeds that will grow in the soil you have.

At my families camp the soil is started out pretty acidic; the pH was like 4/4.3. Now that we've been planting for about 6 years and keep throwing down lime the pH is right at 6.5. The soil is very sandy; we use triple 12 fertilizer and a combination of rape, rye mixed with either corn, winter wheat, oats, and soybean. In one field we pant just a patch oats and it usually turns out really good; the deer will walk right past the wheat and rape/rye to get to the oats. I like the combinations of about 3 different seeds though. Always rape/rye with one more
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