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Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« on: May 15, 2017, 10:34:07 AM »
 Managed to get some food plots in on my get away property in eastern Washington. The elevation goes from about 2000' at the entry off the paved county road to about 3000" at the SE corner at the top, so somewhat flat, safe places are  at a premium for the old 55' Ford 640 I picked up shortly after purchasing the property.  Common sense and patience worksd well though. Found myself backing up in reverse and using the implements going downhill in just one area, although the tractor was fine going up, it was just a little uncomfortable turning around, so I did it the slower way. Worked well.

Loads of fun and brought back memories of driving the ol' grey Ford tractors on my Grandfather's and uncle's places in eastern Iowa when I was a kid. Finished with all the seeding on Friday afternoon just an hour before a good rain. Could not have timed it better. Thought I would share some pictures. Notice the deer cops making sure I didn't go over the speed limit.

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2017, 10:37:59 AM »
In addition to the first group of food plot photos, I also put in a 650' long by 25' strip along my western fenceline where it was pretty much flat near the portable ground blind.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2017, 10:42:25 AM »
Sounds like you need to do a little doer work to create a couple more benches of the place!

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2017, 10:42:42 AM »
.......and last but not least, decided to take some time off and actually enjoy myself, getting rid of the leader of the pack.  This partilular jake led a group of 10 other jakes that literally ran off any mature toms when they appeared.  Have never seen a jake like this one.  Like a terrier, willing to take on any and all comers.  He needed to be culled....a management turkey per se. :chuckle:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2017, 10:43:40 AM »
Sounds like you need to do a little doer work to create a couple more benches of the place!

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2017, 10:45:14 AM »
Nice looking area

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2017, 11:00:20 AM »
Wow, your property is absolutely beautiful!!!

Do you mind me akskng how many acres?
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2017, 11:29:56 AM »
Wow, your property is absolutely beautiful!!!

Do you mind me akskng how many acres?

It's 117.5 acres of which 62 is classified tillable (that is if you have the right equipment :chuckle:) and roughly 55 acres in uplands and timber.  You can see the tillable acres in the picture....yellow fields, the large one and the smaller one above.  They end about half way up to top of property.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2017, 11:39:49 AM »
As a side note, I had a friend with a cat put in 8' wide atv/utv trails so I could more easily access the property.  Still have the upper western portion to put trails in later this year.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2017, 08:59:18 PM »
Wow !!  Very nice keep us posted on how it all comes together! You got a little piece of paradise there

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2017, 09:36:07 PM »
Forgot to mention that the atv/utv 8' wide trails are also a food plot as they were planted in 100% clover last September.....approximately a mile of these trails so far.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2017, 09:58:38 PM »
Your clover looks good, I really like planting clover, the critters love it.  :tup:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2017, 10:03:26 PM »
 Looks great Dan. :tup:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2017, 07:37:19 AM »
Wow that place is gonna be a. Animal magnet.

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2017, 10:00:38 AM »
Your clover looks good, I really like planting clover, the critters love it.  :tup:

Bearpaw, those photos were taken late November of last year, about two months after planting.  I have already started spraying the grass that's competing.  Clover is pretty amazing when you get a couple really warm days.  It literally comes out of it somewhat dormant state and doubles or triples in size in a day or two of hot weather.  Even in it's early stages, both whitetails and turkeys are starting to use it.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2017, 10:19:18 AM »
looks fantastic

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2017, 10:22:19 AM »
Wow, Dan-You've got the place looking great.  For the price you can't beat those older tractors.  Like you and me, don't push em to hard and they  get the job done!!

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2017, 10:42:29 AM »
That looks great.  Congratulations on a successful project.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2017, 11:03:52 AM »
That looks great.  Congratulations on a successful project.

Thanks....if it all comes up it will be, successful, that is.... :chuckle:  If not, a learning process.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2017, 11:15:28 AM »
That looks great.  Congratulations on a successful project.

Thanks....if it all comes up it will be, successful, that is.... :chuckle:  If not, a learning process.
Well the access roads look pretty good so I am thinking that the rest should turn out similar if not better.

Sidenote I got that game cam in the mail. I need to get with you and get it set up.  After that I may be picking your brain about that food plot.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #20 on: May 17, 2017, 01:02:46 AM »
Your clover looks good, I really like planting clover, the critters love it.  :tup:

Bearpaw, those photos were taken late November of last year, about two months after planting.  I have already started spraying the grass that's competing.  Clover is pretty amazing when you get a couple really warm days.  It literally comes out of it somewhat dormant state and doubles or triples in size in a day or two of hot weather.  Even in it's early stages, both whitetails and turkeys are starting to use it.

I've been growing clover 3 or 4 years now, great stuff. We tried all kinds of other plantings before the clover, but I've had the best luck with clover and oats, both are very easy to grow. We planted several new types of clover this year to analyze which we like the best and we are experimenting with some other grains. I'm going to plant a few other things again this year to compare against the clover and a few things for late fall attraction. It seems that the attraction to clover and alfalfa lessens after the nights start frosting hard. Weeds are the biggest challenge I've had, I finally had to invest in several herbicides and that really helps. It has all been an interesting learning process.  :chuckle:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #21 on: May 17, 2017, 07:51:04 AM »
Bearpaw.....being this is essentailly the first year outside the clover plantings on the trails for food plot usage, things are pretty much experimental.  Actually the clover was a reseed of grass plantings on those trails.  When a fire last July came right up to my property the initail grass seedings were pretty much destroyed by trucks, tenders and crews using those trails to get to the ridgeline to stop it.  Good thing that I decided to put the trails in as they were a real property saver, not just for me but neighbors to the west. Pictures show some of what went on with the fire.  The last two shows the before and after of the grass plantings

When I had to reseed I thought, wait a minute, I have a mile of these trails and I can mow and drive on clover just as well as turf....so the first ranch food plot came about because of that event. 

This year's planting like I said are experimental as I really don't have a good feel yet for what will work and what won't.  The long strips that are in the photos where you see the Ford tractor I used a mixture of clover, chickory and some dryland alfalfa that has proven somewhat successful in rangeland applications.  The upper 1/4 acre wide spot at the top of those strips is planted with a mixture that includes some chickory and a different clover, as well as burnett and some wheat.  Pretty much perennial plantings that hopefully will last a few years.

The long 650' strip on my western fenceline is an annual planting and has a mixture of WGF sorgum, sunflower and sun hemp for height.  In addition there is WGF soybeans, cowpeas, and lab lab which are vines that grow....hopefully up the taller components.  There is also some jap and proso millet in the mix as well.  This is in the first 400' plus or minus.

Of the the remaining 250 feet in front of the portable blind 200' is the chufa patch....again an experiment primarily for turkeys.  The remaining 50' is split in half and has straight sunflowers to the rear and and sweet corn up front.  Figured I might as well try to have something to eat myself. 

So we'll wait and see.  Mowed, sprayed, put down lime and resprayed where needed.  Then seeded according to what was planted.  Only wish I had a cultipacker to go with the other implements.  On my wish list.  Only thing I might add as you well know, is when you're trying to take advantage of Mother Nature's generosity for providing irrigation, you sometimes have to take risks and perhaps hurry the process, less you get no rain help. :chuckle:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #22 on: May 17, 2017, 08:12:04 AM »
Great call on the clover, it will be very busy.  You might look at Great Basin Wild Rye for height and cover.  Magnar is one good variety.  I am going to try forage Kochia, just writing kochia spooks me but the reports look promising.

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #23 on: May 17, 2017, 12:26:28 PM »
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I have a two bottom plow but rarely use it now, I prefer to disc or use a spring tooth whenever possible.

Cultipacker or Roller Compactor
I wanted a cultipacker but the weight and cost were prohibitive. I bought a roller from North 40 (Big R), it works great, if I'm planting seed that needs to be deeper than clover or oats, I use a piece of harrow behind the ATV before I roll and pack the ground. Home depot sells a similar roller.
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Some of my planting adventures, still learning more every year!

 - Oats work great, they always grow, don't need irrigation, wildlife likes the young stems in the spring, turkeys eat the seed in the fall
 - Winter wheat or rye, good late fall and early spring greenery when other plantings aren't growing or attractive
 - Purple top turnips grew well and attracted deer, I'm going to plant some again with some radishes to compare them
 - Alfalfa we tried didn't do well with heavy grazing, I'm going to try a grazing variety, maybe this year
 - Still learning which clover varieties are best, each has specific requirements and longevity, want clover that doesn't need irrigation
 - Chufa didn't grow, going to try again someday, love to hear if you have success and if it grows the following year
 - Planted sanfoin in a dry area and a partially shaded area with irrigation, neither did well, I think it needs lime, will plant again with lime
 - Buckwheat grew well, got 6 inches tall and deer mowed it smooth to the ground, they loved it, didn't have a large enough patch, will plant more
 - Austrian Winter Peas didn't do well in my plots

As I mentioned before, clover, oats and grains have worked the best for me in my area, but your soil and climate are different, you have to find what works best in your area. I just bought some cow peas, chickory, and forage radishes to try this year if it quits raining long enough for me to work the soil up here. I have found that it sure is a lot of fun messing around with these food plots.  :chuckle:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #24 on: May 18, 2017, 03:15:54 AM »
Wow I'm super jealous of your tractor and how many acres you have. I would love if you guys could tell me where you purchase your seed from? Also recommendation on planting in hot, non irrigated dry area North of spokane. I tried a chicory, alfalfa, clover mix I bought off a site but everything besides the clover burned out. Clover is dry late July/ August. My plot is about an acre

 

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