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    sugar beets don't love water at all and you need...

    sugar beets don't love water at all and you need them 1/2" deep. Mixes with sugar beets can be great or a failure. They also need a 6.0 pH or above. Some other options out there are rutabaga and the...
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    Alfalfa has it's place. But if your soil pH is...

    Alfalfa has it's place. But if your soil pH is below 6.0 you will not have effective growth. If your pH is below 5.0, studies show as low as only a 3% stand. Alfalfa typically doesn't do well with...
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    I live in Madison, travel the state doing...

    I live in Madison, travel the state doing wildlife seminars. I will be doing one Wed night feb 25th in Bloomington wi, sat 28th in franksville wi, wed march 4th in windsor wi
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    i like this mix for the following reasons. 25% ...

    i like this mix for the following reasons.
    25% Select Harvest™ Brand Winter Rye
    25% Select Harvest™ Brand Barley
    20% Winfred Forage Brassica
    15% Purple Top Turnip
    15% Dwarf...
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    Well, the rumor is that phosphorus has some...

    Well, the rumor is that phosphorus has some upside potential and we might see a slight run up on that. Always use a fertilizer that is correct for what your soil test says. Soil tests are cheap,...
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    Lime isn't always needed. But everything in life...

    Lime isn't always needed. But everything in life is about balance. The ideal pH in the soil for effective plant growth is normally around 6.5. Every seed you plant has an effective pH range that they...
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    Soybeans need soil temps of 60 degrees. Clovers...

    Soybeans need soil temps of 60 degrees. Clovers can be frost seeded, overseeded or early spring seeded. The clovers are perennials and the beans an annual. Do you have 1 field? How big of area? May i...
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    The first money that should be spent on a food...

    The first money that should be spent on a food plot is a soil test. The next best money spent is on calcium if your pH is below 6.0. Ideal pH would be in the 6.5 range. Why is this? Because if you...
  9. I put together a test mix last year that works...

    I put together a test mix last year that works great in Wisconsin and as far south as Florida. I called it sweet retreat. It was designed for shady areas, low pH areas and kill plots. The best part...
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    Beans on beans leads one to have a higher...

    Beans on beans leads one to have a higher incident of plant disease issues. If one wants to put beans down, i'd go canamaize deer corn and then put lablab in the row with it or do strips of corn and...
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    Most use shell corn but i never feed whole shell...

    Most use shell corn but i never feed whole shell corn during the winter for good reasons. Unless the deer are getting a regular fill of dry matter, if you put shell corn in a ruminant your exposing...
  12. Soybeans aren't water friendly... Have you...

    Soybeans aren't water friendly...

    Have you pulled any soil tests yet?
    Is this whole area typically wet or for how long of periods of time?
    Is the whole area tall grass?
    Whens the last time any...
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    - Most farmers never plant beans on beans as your...

    - Most farmers never plant beans on beans as your increasing the chance for plant disease issues.
    - You fixated a lot of nitrogen with the soybeans, so why not capture that and take advantage of a...
  14. Food plots, kill plots, and mineral licks can all...

    Food plots, kill plots, and mineral licks can all be huge. All of which we have done for about 25 years and we shoot 15-25 " bigger deer than the neighbors on all sides of us, consistentlly. But it...
  15. Year one i'd set up your soil for success year 2...

    Year one i'd set up your soil for success year 2 and beyond. Weeds tend to be a problem and why not address that right away. The best $10 ever spent and the first thing done needs to be a soil test....
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    Most people have no need for a tractor for doing...

    Most people have no need for a tractor for doing food plots unless your talking 5-10 acres or more. I plant perhaps 20 or 30 times a year on various test strips and fields and use a polaris 500 and...
  17. Around 1990 on Grandpa Ray's Farm we started...

    Around 1990 on Grandpa Ray's Farm we started qdma.
    Around 1991 or 1992 i attended a pasture walk where a dairy farmer was grazing his cows on turnips. I ran home and planted them, as well as Kura...
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    I love using berseem clover mixed with buckwheat....

    I love using berseem clover mixed with buckwheat. Nothing fixated more N than berseem clover and the deer love it. If they eat it, it regrows. It will stay green until mid November.

    I do like...
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    What did your soil test say? Why did you use...

    What did your soil test say?
    Why did you use 13-13-13?
    Did you put any sulfur down?

    Take a picture of the plot and post it here and i'll give you more of an opinion based on what i see.
  20. I limed my 2015 test plots November 10th. It...

    I limed my 2015 test plots November 10th. It takes up to 6 months for lime to take full effect.
    Fertilize too far before planting and the fertilizer will be 100 miles down the river or out of the...
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    Take a soil test....what the results say will...

    Take a soil test....what the results say will determine what to plant for success....

    What equipment do you have?
    When do you plan to plant?
    Where is the closest water source?
    What is planted...
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    Buckwheat is perhaps the fastest decomposing...

    Buckwheat is perhaps the fastest decomposing green manure crop out there. If your ground has weed issues, i'd plant the buckwheat as a smother crop, then spray with glyphosate, wait 7 days and then...
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    the 4 brassica blend is found here...

    the 4 brassica blend is found here
    http://www.deercreekseed.com/wildlife-food-plot-seed/-deer-creek-wildlife-brand-food-plot-mixes/prime-time-brassica/

    It all starts with the soil...
    I recommend...
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    What was in the mix you planted? What did your...

    What was in the mix you planted?
    What did your soil test results show?
    What fertilizer and lime did you use and at what amounts?
    How compacted is your soil?
    Is there insect pressure or plant...
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    austrian winter peas wont over winter in many...

    austrian winter peas wont over winter in many areas of the northern us. They typically cost $30 per 50 lbs where as canadian forage peas cost $20 per 50 and the difference is about 4 degrees lower in...
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    Plant swedes or the american purple top rutabaga....

    Plant swedes or the american purple top rutabaga. They look like a flatter/fatter turnip and the deer prefer them due to their higher sugar content. They are 90-110 day maturity verses turnips, so...
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    Most peas and winter peas aren't being inoculated.

    Most peas and winter peas aren't being inoculated.
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    I have had great results with a new experimental...

    I have had great results with a new experimental i put out in various areas of the us that i called quad pro. It was a blend of lablab, cowpeas, creeping soybeans and forage beans. I grows super fast...
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    Today I planted winter rye, and oats using a new...

    Today I planted winter rye, and oats using a new growth promoter I am testing. My goal is to get 3 days faster germination, which would greatly benefit the fall cover crop people and late planted...
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    Soil samples can be taken any time throughout the...

    Soil samples can be taken any time throughout the year. It is important though to sample approximately the same time of the year. Late summer, or early fall, is a good time for most crops. This...
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