Dove Field

Discussion in 'Habitat Improvement' started by Rob7, May 14, 2021.

  1. Rob7

    Rob7 6 pointer

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    Always interested to see how others plant and grow their fields. When they do it and what seed and chemicals they use.
    5.11 - Mowed - Mowed the field as low as could with 15' bush hog.
    5.12 - 5.14 - Tilled
    5.15 - Hope to Plant - Using Clearfield Sunflower seed again. Plan to use old John Deere corn planter with sunflower plates in it. Not sure of the chemical game plan just yet other than using lighting after they come up. IMG_8356 - Copy.JPG IMG_8373 - Copy.JPG
     
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  2. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

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    Looks awesome !! I lost my fields but always planted as close to 5/15 as I could. You should be in great shape !!
     
  3. cdalle6

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    This will be my first year attempting a sunflower field, I sprayed and bushhogged two weeks ago, tilled last night, and hope to broadcast fertilizer and black oil seed tomorrow and catch next weeks rain. I have been looking for a good used planter but have not run across one I liked enough yet.

    I am excited to start this journey with my 72 MF 135!

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  4. HeadedWest

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    I don’t have one, but love following along with y’all’s.

    Good luck!
     
  5. Mt Pokt

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    I have a hillside that was bulldozed years ago that I don't know what to do with.

    It's steep enough that I won't bush hog it. Was thinking of planting some fruit trees on the few flat spots and getting sunflower or something else attractive to birds in there. I have dove and small covey of quail.

    What can be done on a hillside? If I had to guess, it's probably 10 to 12 acres.
     
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  6. Mt Pokt

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    Didn't mean to hijack. I could start a new thread if it's not welcome here.
     
  7. Rob7

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    5.15 Planted the Clearfield sunflowers and then sprayed a mixture of Spartan and Prowl preemergent herbicide. Received a gentle rain this morning. Looks like rain and some warmer temperatures coming up this week.
    (Mt Pokt - don't mind one bit if the thread goes off on a tangent. I would recommend a new thread simply to garner more opinions and thoughts, probably be seen and responded to better. My first thought if you have ground you can get equipment on plant whatever you would like to grow, Sunflowers done properly can be pretty labor intensive. I personally would love to plant some fruit trees just haven't moved it up the priority list yet, if for quail and other birds might consider the various types of millets and sorghums in hopes that they would keep coming up year after year. I remember reading somewhere something about a plant called Vetch that supposedly does good on hillsides, helps with erosion and wildlife like it, not sure though so I would research further.) Plant1.jpg Plant2.jpg
     
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  8. hunt-4-life21

    hunt-4-life21 12 pointer

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    I really love seeing this thread each year. Sunflower planting and growth is one of my favorite things. I had already worked the ground once in April while we worked crop ground. Thursday night I disked twice and got her slicked down with the 12ft.
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    I had planned on planting Friday night (5/14) and had seen saved from last year. When I went to get them, something had ate 40lbs worth of sunflowers in a couple weeks. So that pushed me back a day to the 15th. I went to Drakes Farm service and got another bag of peredovics and my chemical. I normally spray broadaxe xc but they were out. He gave me gave me another chemical to try Authority Edge. We put authority XL on soybeans and it’s been a great chemical for us so I’m excited to see how AE does. It’s still a preemergence coverage. I planted with our 6row corn planter at around 27k seeds per acre. That’s a little thick but it should be fine. Here’s to a good growing season and shooting doves in 3.5 months.
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  9. bigbonner

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    What type of meters are you using for sunflowers ? Finger pick up ?
    I am looking to buy a no-till to plant sunflowers , corn and beans with.
    I have planted my 30 acre plot but I really need some rain . I planted 7 acres and it rained on it and the crust is hard .
    Planted the other 23 acres and the sunflowers have not come up yet .
    I am using a JD 2 row plate planter .
     
  10. cdalle6

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    Couldn’t get a planter this year, so myself and a buddy hand slung fert and seed over an acre Sunday out of 5 gallon buckets. All the rain the weatherman was calling for and we might have got a tenth of an inch. I just hope they get enough to germinate before they’re all eaten by songbirds. First year on virgin ground is always the toughest!
     
  11. Tankt

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    Dove breast must be more expensive than Wagyu beef
     
  12. bigbonner

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    ABM, All Breast Matter:)
     
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  13. 120+

    120+ 12 pointer

    Some good looking fields.
     
  14. cdalle6

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    Does anyone know the legality of pumping water from the river into my field? We went from 1-3” of rain to .02” and I wonder about my germination or lack thereof.
     
  15. bigbonner

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    If they are down about 1..5" you will be ok . Moisture comes up at night.
    I about prefer for sunflowers to come up in a dry field that has had no rain since they were planted.
    I have a five acre section that was rained on right after we planted . The soil has a hard crust to it and the sunflowers are in a crook . I hoped for rain but did not get any to soften the top of the soil.
    Other sunflowers planted a few days latter are coming up with no rain at all on them.
     

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