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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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