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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #25 on: May 18, 2017, 10:03:55 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

As I mentioned above, pretty much experimental on my place at the moment.  I can tell you however, probably the most important step is a soil test to determine your plot soil's ph.  Second most important after mowing, spraying and tearing up the plot is to add the appropriate amount of lime suggested per 1000 square feet or by the acre to get your soil's ph at the level that the plants you are using thrive in.  Adding fertilizer also comes into play at this point or shortly after depending on plant species.

Planting depth is paramount.  With clovers, chickory, and alfalfa, if you don't have a cultipacker or something similar like a roller, do not do anymore than broadcast the seed as it only needs firm contact with the soil.  Anything over 1/8 inch deep and it probably won't work.  Other things obviously have different planting depths.

After that it's Mother Nature, and maintainance....spraying competing grasses and mowing to keep the perennials healthy.  You may want to pick Bearpaw's brain as to areas up your way plant wise, although what I mentioned above applies anywhere.

I'm somewhat fortunate as my property is north facing and has Palouse silt loam, 8 to 25 percent slopes on the lower end and Palouse silt loam, 25 to 40 percent slopes above.  On the extreme upper portion I have Gwin extremely rocky silt loam, 30 to 65 percent slopes.  I also get lots of sun during the day.  I have yet to hit or turn a rock on any plot so far.  But again.....I'm in the trial and error mode at this point.

Seed sources are all over the place.  After doing a lot of reseach I have pretty much gone with Whitetail institute products.  They have a lot of good information on their site and videos to give you a good visual other than a picture of what you are planting looks like and it's attraction to wildlife.  I have also used Hancock Seed in Florida for one mix and sunflowers.  I also purchased a Tecomate product as well.  In a nutshell everyone out there is selling similar type food plot stuff.  You just have to read throught the lines.  You might want to try Whitetail Institutes Extreme which is designed to alleviate shortcomings in ph, soil types and annual precrip.  I put that out in one plot to see what it will do, as I have some areas up high where the soils are not like those in the tillable areas.  If it does well in lesser conditions, it should go gangbusters where I put it.  We'll see.......

An interesting informative article on Extreme.......

http://whitetailinstitute.blogspot.com/2014/06/imperial-whitetail-extremegoing-where.html
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #26 on: May 19, 2017, 07:22:01 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

Try a dryland alfalfa or grain, there's alfalfa and grain growing all over NE WA, something should work. You will need to get it in the ground very soon though. If you can't get spring plantings through the summer you might try planting winter grains in late August, they will sprout with the first fall rain.

Farm supply stores have seed, in Colville I go to the Country Store, they have numerous other locations in WA. You could contact Rainier Seed in Davenport, their seed is locally adapted.
http://www.countrystore.net/our-locations/
http://rainierseeds.com/product-category/parent

There are a lot of seeds that are easier to find online and have shipped to you, I've used these sources:
http://welterseed.com/
http://www.deercreekseed.com/wildlife-food-plot-seed/
http://www.seedland.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=Seedland&Category_Code=Wildlife
http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/browse.cmd?N=1104128
http://sainfoinseed.com/

Oats have grown everywhere I've put them, including in the bed of my truck where I spilled them, there was no soil at all!  :chuckle:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #27 on: May 19, 2017, 07:44:05 PM »
Thank you very much for your replies. At this point I don't think I'll have time to redo my plot for the year as I was not prepared at all to do so. I have some radishes I bought 2 years ago and kept forgetting to plant so I want going to overseed those in fall and hope any germinate being old and all. Next spring I'll prepare for dry land alfalfa I just never knew where all the farmers get their seed.

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2017, 09:29:50 PM »
Great work.  Farming isn't easy but at the end of the day it is always gratifying to see the fruit of your labor.  All the best this season!

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #29 on: May 30, 2017, 12:03:16 PM »
First sighting of "fruit of my labor", planted May 5th.  Picture was taken May 22nd,  two weeks and 3 days later.  Appears to be either soybeans or cowpeas in the mix emerging.  Not sure yet.  Have not seen it since then.  Hoping for possible chance of rain this week in the area on Wednesday or Thursday.

Amazed at the rate of growth from thistle seed in the ground... :bash:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #30 on: May 30, 2017, 12:37:12 PM »
Congrats on the progress.

Those thistle are relentless, any fresh bare ground and they just take off.  We have been fighting them for three years now since the fire.  Natural vegetation is taking hold, I am hoping that we only have two more years of spraying.

Really excited to see how this turns out for you.  I will be trying to do the same thing in a year or two.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #31 on: May 30, 2017, 11:50:32 PM »
I'm going to be spraying this coming weekend. I wish I lived there so I could keep up on it better.

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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2017, 12:13:34 AM »
I've been doing food plots (pastures) for cattle 8-10 hours per day for the past 3 weekends with my 1952 8-N.  Love working the ground with those old tractors!
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2017, 10:25:19 AM »
I'm going to be spraying this coming weekend. I wish I lived there so I could keep up on it better.

Agree completely.  Wish I were closer or lived there as well.  Need to go back now and spread some more lime, mow and spray the grasses competing with the clover on the atv/utv trails, as well as check food plots for potential spraying.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #34 on: May 31, 2017, 10:29:46 AM »
I've been doing food plots (pastures) for cattle 8-10 hours per day for the past 3 weekends with my 1952 8-N.  Love working the ground with those old tractors!

Love those old Ford tractors.  Brings back memories of driving them when I was a kid on my Grandfather's and uncle's farms in eastern Iowa.  Amazing what they will do if one uses some common safety sense.  I managed to pick up just about every implement I needed plus the tractor for a whole lot less than I would have spent on a newer used tractor.  Easy to work on and parts readily available. :tup:
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2017, 02:46:26 PM »
My attachments are very similar, except I don't have a post hole drill, I can borrow that from a friend, and I have a spring tooth, I think that is a chisel point in your photo?
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #36 on: May 31, 2017, 04:38:42 PM »
My attachments are very similar, except I don't have a post hole drill, I can borrow that from a friend, and I have a spring tooth, I think that is a chisel point in your photo?

Bearpaw, if you are referring to the 4th picture down, thats a 7 blade cultivator.  After mowing, then spraying to kill the grass so there would not be too much debris build up, I used the cultivator two weeks later to tear the ground up.  Then I was able to make pretty much make quick work of things following up with the disc.  The Ferguson two bottom plow in the first picture would go too deep for what I wanted to do as the cultivator just rips the top 6-7 inches.

You just reminded me I also have a Woods heavy duty post hole auger with 3 bits, 6 inch, 9 inch and a 12 inch.  Only thing I want to add is a cultipacker.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2017, 04:42:44 PM »
I just saw cultipackers advertised at a good price, I think it was Northern Tool.
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Re: Food Plots With A 1955 Ford 640 Tractor
« Reply #38 on: May 31, 2017, 04:51:07 PM »
On second thought it might have been Rural King that sent the email? You might do an internet search, I can't remember how long the sale was, but it was in the last week or so that I had gotten the email. I'm happy with my roller so I deleted the email. Sorry I didn't think about you then.
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