Dove Field planning

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  1. Buford

    Buford 12 pointer

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    I've given up on Sunflowers. After feeling like a genius grower for 12 years, the deer at my place have turned my dove field into their #1 food source. I've made it worse with all the wheat in there in the winter. They have been trained to eat there. Electric fences are not an option. I have a full plate already without dicking around with a damn electric fence.
    I'm going all in this year with Millett and Sorghum. If I can get a good stand, I think I can make the field work again. I'm wondering if I can get the fire dept to help me burn it at the end of august, but I'm guessing they might have an issue if it is dry and the fact that it is surrounded by woods. I have a 110 gal 3 pt sprayer, 60gal UTV sprayer, and a 1000gal arena water trailer sprayer to wet things down/put out grass. When/if they say no, I'm thinking disc mower, ted, rake, bale.
     
  2. K9trapper

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    Unless there's a drought you'd be hard pressed to make the woods burn in August. The humidity is too high during the summer, that's why our burn restrictions are in spring and fall.
     
  3. Feedman

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    Fire Department,
    You don't need the fire department. Just get some beer an invite the members here over
     
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  4. BODAB1

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    I have had the same problem with sunflowers. Caudills seed company http://www.caudillseed.com/ sells a dove mix that contains millet, milo, sorghum and sunflowers. We have planted that the last couple of years and it has done really well. Also good for quail and turkey.
     
  5. Buford

    Buford 12 pointer

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    What could possibly go wrong???
     
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  6. Feedman

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    It could end up on Americas funniest videos an boom instant celebrity
     
  7. CentralKyHunter

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  8. bird whisperer

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    I have had some great shoots over both millet and wheat.
     
  9. bondhu

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    What time of year is this dove mix planted. And how did you plant it. Thanks for the info
     
  10. Buford

    Buford 12 pointer

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    Me? 4 acres
     
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  11. BODAB1

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    I plant in early May. Disc up the field and broadcast the seed - 40 to 50 pounds per acre. Broadcast 150 pounds of 19-19-19 fertilizer, then cultipack. Here is a pic of what it looks like. You can see the sorghum and buckwheat in this picture. There are also sunflowers in the mix.[​IMG]


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  12. bondhu

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    Hey Thanks BOAB1. After I read your 1st post I stopped at local feed story. And ask if they dealt with caudell seed said they would check on dove mix. Called me yesterday that they had my 50 lb bag. So I got 50lb I will order 100 more. Hey that field in picture looks great!
     
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  13. bondhu

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    Im in BODAB1 150 lb seed & 150 lb triple 19 & cultipacked. Whats next? IMG_1331.JPG IMG_1334.JPG IMG_1338.JPG
     
  14. BODAB1

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    Nice looking field. Treat it just like you would a sunflower field. Early august start bush hogging a strip or two each week and disc up some bare dirt. Wait for birds. Good Luck.
     
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  15. bigpuddin43

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    We do brown top millet. If you do millet or other types of grass typically the thatch is to much if you can cut and bale is best. best dove hunts I have been on have always been millet.
     

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