It's that time of the year when folks in our area of the country start working on fall food plots for Bambi and company.
This season I had planned to do something different, plant inside the pine plantation in a row where all the trees had been removed in a thinning operation several years ago. There is a row just inside the pines that is adjacent to my old food plot, that will fit the bill. We have used it for a fire line and a road for several years so it was easy to mow and disk.
The good news 1st: Last Saturday afternoon I ran a bush-hog 3 times down the 16' X 300' space. Then I ran the disk harrow over it 4 or 5 times and it is ready to plant.
The not so good news: After talking to an actual live representative of Pennington Seed Co. today, I found out the clover I want to plant has some critical points to consider before it's put on the ground. I've settled on Durana Clover, it is very tolerant of shade. The only draw back is the recommended planting date is very late because of our warm fall weather, Oct.15-Nov.15. Planted that late it will probably not produce any deer forage this season, so it will actually be for the 2018-19 season. Gotta' start some time.
I'll have to fluff up some of the old food plot and plant something that will be up and growing by Thanksgiving, probably Abruzzi Rye or some type of forage oats.
This will be the smallest food plot we done in many years, it's only a hair over a 1/10 of an acre. The reason it is only 300 feet long is that is all you can see from the existing shooting house, the other end is obscured by some natural stand of mixed hardwoods and pines. The smaller plot appeals to me as it is just gettin' harder to do some of the things I did several years ago.
As we work with this plot, I hope to be able to up date our progress and show some pictures of what is going on. Here are is some evidence of what was done Saturday: