Allan Raveling Plot Stories
Dear Dr. Judy
Boy talk about a year of learning. First being 750 miles from your property does not help.
We planted Eagle Soy Beans in the spring on our fields. We now know that it works but need to do more on some and forget doing a little on others. The deer just hammer them way to hard to have a chance to really make a go of it.
LIME, cannot say too much about it .Last year (which was our first year) we put it on the fields at the time we planted for our winter crop. Did not have the crops we had hoped for. Now this year we can see a world of difference in the fields. Just seeing how things changed cannot be talked about enough. Weeds are a whole lot of fun. Just mow every chance we get, spray with roundup.
When it comes time to use a disc for a seedbed we try to mow in advance, spray once more and then when we disc up the ground we pull a harrow drag behind a 4 wheeler. What we found was the drag would ball up the remaining thatch or grass and then leave it in a pile that we could pick up. Yes a lot of work but when you cannot be there like you want it improves your seedbed a lot.
We planted Buck Forage Oats for the most part in our fields but added some turnips and Brassicas for a variety. When we returned to hunt in early November we found that not all of the oats came up as we had hoped. We over seeded with some Madison Rye grass which had come up and was filling in the empty spots. All of our plots can be used for hunting as they are long and somewhat narrow.
We are planning to plant pine trees along some of the edges of the plots to increase the comfort zone for the deer. The deer have responded very well to our efforts but we look forward to improving on what we have done. In closing I feel that proper weed control and putting in lime is your biggest challenge to your plots.