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drycreek 24-May-17
drycreek 24-May-17
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MK111 24-May-17
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Skippy 24-May-17
drycreek 24-May-17
t-roy 24-May-17
Kdog 24-May-17
drycreek 24-May-17
drycreek 27-May-17
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drycreek 29-May-17
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drycreek 04-Jun-17
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drycreek 12-Jun-17
drycreek 12-Jun-17


Date:24-May-17

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I started back in March, discing last year's wheat under, waiting until I had some weed/grass growth, then spraying with gly. My spray rig is a sixty gallon boomless sprayer with three point hitch. In some cases I use a 25 gallon boom sprayer in my Ranger. Three different properties were planted with iron clay peas. The soils have been tested ( last year for two, three years ago for one ) and amended. The plots were planted using a disc, broadcast seeder, and a homemade tire drag. I started planting April 25th and finished the last plots on May 12th. The first one is 20 minutes from me, the second, an hour, and the third, a little over two hours. We got some timely rains last week ( several inches ), so I expect them to do well. Thanks for looking.

This is how I disc to broadcast large seeds, the disc is barely angled and cuts enough groove for the seed to fall in when dragged.

Date:24-May-17

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Peas after a week and a half on one of the first plots.

Date:24-May-17

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My second set of plots on property I own. That's WINA clover in the middle. These plots are a little behind due to lack of moisture, but they will come on quickly now with three inches of rain last weekend.

Date:24-May-17

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Large plot in the creek bottom.

Date:24-May-17

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Another angle at same plot as above. That's clover in the lane between the timber.

Date:24-May-17

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One more from my place. I don't have any pics yet from the last property that I plant. I'm going down Friday and will add to this thread.

By: MK111
Date:24-May-17

Looking good. Too much rain in SW Ohio to get on my plots. And raining again today.

Date:24-May-17

Looks like you will be doing good with some rain and warm weather.

I just got my beans in the ground. Been very wet here in SW PA as well. If weather ever clears I'll check my new clover plots as well.

By: Skippy
Date:24-May-17

How do you keep the hogs out of your plots?

Date:24-May-17

Skippy, last year I planted peas in the plot at the very top of this thread. Had hog tracks all over it, but still got a good crop. That plot is just a nutrition plot, I don't hunt it as it's next to a dirt road and the wrong wind direction mostly. However, I have a 3/4 acre plot at the far end of the pic, in the timber, where I planted a bean blend from GRO and the hogs ate it up as soon as I planted it. This year I planted both plots in I/C peas and no hogs. I set up on my hunting plot until one or two am both nights after I planted with an AR w/night vision. No hogs showed, which suited the hell out of me. My buddy however, sat up the same and killed three Friday night. We cheated though, and corned the roads AWAY from my plots in an effort to keep the suckers off my peas. I think it worked !

I do have a few hog rootings in my plots after the crops come up, but not many. My buddy is pretty tough on the hogs on my place. He goes down almost every Friday night and hunts with night vision. He averages a hog about every two weeks, which isn't many, but it keeps them moving on to somewhere they're not being shot at. My neighbors mostly deer hunt I guess, because I hear very few shots except during deer season. Got some really thick, nasty stuff to my east, and as far as I know, no hunters there. That's where lots of the hogs stay, but sometimes, if they linger on me, they stay permanently !

By: t-roy
Date:24-May-17

Looking good so far drycreek! I've got the majority of my corn & soybeans planted and they are all out of the ground, but they're kind of at a standstill right now. Cool, rainy weather here for the past week. Have you ever tried electric fencing your plots to keep the hogs out? I'm wondering if they would deter pigs.?

By: Kdog
Date:24-May-17

Looks great!

Date:24-May-17

I don't know t, but as many plots as I have it would get expensive and labor intensive. The main damage hogs do to me is rooting in my creek bottoms where I mow. Got to get down in first gear and it's still a kidney buster ! One of the places I hunt, I've hardly ever seen a hog and they don't root very much. In other places, they keep the deer nervous and flighty. I can't tell you how many times I've been watching deer right at dark feeding in a plot only to have them throw their head up and haul outa there. Sure enough, the next thing you see will be a hog.........

Date:27-May-17

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I put out 750 lb. of milorganite on the nearly three acres of peas in Trinity Co. that I planted on May 12th. I think the cool weather is hurting my growth. I've always depended on the warm weather to get my peas up and growing beyond the two leaf stage before the deer wipe them out. It's turning warm now though, so maybe they will catch up ! This is the same plot pictured at the very top of the thread, but from the opposite end.

Date:27-May-17

Very nice looking! Keep us posted please.

Date:29-May-17

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My buddy sent me this pic today from our lease. This is the same plot as the second pic from the top only from the opposite end. These peas are off and running !

Date:29-May-17

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Looks like a couple decent bucks are hitting the minerals too.

Date:04-Jun-17

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Looks like my peas are past the deer-can-demolish-them stage ! Sorry for the poor quality pic, my phone camera lens was dirty.

Date:04-Jun-17

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Another plot on the same property.

Date:04-Jun-17

You should have some fat deer come hunting season;)

Looks great!

Date:12-Jun-17

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This is the plot planted April 25th. Little 400 some acres in East Texas.

Date:12-Jun-17

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Iron clay peas grow well in sandy soil !


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