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Offline LDennis24

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #30 on: December 05, 2019, 11:07:25 AM »
I've studied it alot. I've posted in here about it several times encouraging folks to try it. I know a few people who grow it for hay and one guy grows sainfoin and alfalfa on irrigated fields in Whitman County and the deer literally walk right through the alfalfa field and into the sainfoin to eat! I'm curious if any of you guys have planted some of your own and what its done for you as well!?

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #31 on: December 05, 2019, 11:30:03 AM »
I'm also interested as i am looking at a westside food plot.
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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #32 on: December 05, 2019, 11:46:53 AM »
 :hello: I am curious how it turned out for the people that planted some... interested in planting some my self.

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #33 on: December 05, 2019, 12:04:36 PM »

tag, and tag again, and tag again,....  yes, we are all interested in how the original experiment went.....???

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #34 on: December 05, 2019, 05:27:18 PM »

« Last Edit: December 05, 2019, 05:43:02 PM by LDennis24 »

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #35 on: December 05, 2019, 09:52:26 PM »
Interested in planting it on some family mountain property in Winthop.  Has anyone heard if there is there any risk of it spreading or outcompeting native plants beyond the planted area? Thanks.

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #36 on: December 05, 2019, 11:14:04 PM »
I have planted quite a bit of it and have a fairly good understanding of it with respect to deer. It's 11 pm right now but I'll try and type up some cliff notes tomorrow evening.

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2019, 09:01:45 AM »
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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2019, 09:50:29 AM »
Following.

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #39 on: December 06, 2019, 10:48:24 AM »
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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #41 on: December 06, 2019, 01:10:01 PM »
So that's what the pink fields are in MT!  I wondered what it was when we drove Great Falls to Lewistown a couple summers ago.
As long as we have the habitat, we can argue forever about who gets to kill what and when.  No habitat = no game.

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #42 on: December 06, 2019, 05:53:55 PM »
I have grown sainfoin in my deer food plots. Sainfoin is very similar to alfalfa in that it takes some time to get established. Both have deep tap roots. It is equally, drought and heat tolerant (very heat tolerant). The biggest plus of sainfoin over alfalfa is that it doesn't get stemmy and un-palatable once it starts to mature. Also when everything has started to turn in mid-summer, sainfoin shines compared to the other legumes. Doesn't dry up and deer love it. Alfalfa usually wont dry up either but it gets real stemmy, and the deer put it pretty low on the preference list.

Now for the negative. Sainfoin is not very browse tolerant. It's considered a single cut hay in most applications. This is because it just doesn't bounce back after being consistently grazed. This can lead to weed issues, as lack of regrowth really allows for weeds to "fill in" the plot. So if you are in an heavily grazed area or already have lots of weeds, I'd suggest red clover, or even alfalfa. Sainfoin will most likely disappoint if this is the case.

The niche for sainfoin is that it is a big draw for deer especially when everything else is dry, but this is also its downfall. If you have good moisture I would stick with clovers. If you do plant, make sure your soil is well drained and in good shape. Also make sure you get the newest variety "Delaney Sainfoin" as its supposed to be more of a double cut variety, but I have not planted that type personally.

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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #43 on: December 18, 2019, 10:01:24 AM »
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Re: Anyone ever heard of Sainfoin?
« Reply #44 on: June 26, 2020, 10:16:23 AM »
Bumped for any success or failure stories. After the grass is cut this summer, plan to seed some of the fields with this.

 


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