• No till food plots

    Many of us find ourselves wanting to plant food plots, but don't have a tractor, plow, disk, etc........

    A used tractor that runs will cost someone 3-4,000+ plus implements. A new 4-wheelers is 5-8,000. After it's all said and done you can easily have 8-10,000 racked up in equipent. Then you have to store it etc. For most of us working class folks making an average wage, that means no food plots right? Not exactly.

    There is what I call a "no till" method. When I mean no till I'm not talking about a no till drill commonly used by farmers. I am talking about no till overseeding. With a little prep work, sweat and the proper seeds we can have great looking food plots. Here's what you need........

    1) back pack sprayer ($50)

    2) Glyphosate (1 gallon $40).

    3) Time and energy (free)

    4) spreader ($20)

    5) of course your seed

    For this to work you will be limited to fall food plots because you will be spending the summer months spraying. Which IMO is no big deal because deer have so much to eat in the summer months anyways.

    Here's the steps.......

    1) end of May- Spray before weeds get too high

    2) End of june- spray

    3) end of july spray

    4) August plant (spot spray before planting can be done the same day)

    Now what seeds will grow on top of the soil? Several different types will. The most common include........

    1) brassicas (turnips, rape and radishes)

    2) All clovers

    3) Cereal grains (especially winter rye)

    Yes it can be that simple. Spray, spray, spray and then plant. The key is MOISTURE. Try and plant/fertilize the day or so before a rain and up your seeding rate by 50%. For example, when planting brassicas with normal tillage I usually plant around 6-8# per acre. When no till overseeding I'll up that to 12-16#. Rye with normal tillage is around 50#, I'll up that to 100#. Clover is around 8-10# I'll up that to 16-20#.

    I tried this a couple years back on some trails. I sprayed several times and then planted the trails to rye and clover in august. Now my trails are knee high in clover and lush weed free. In fact they look better than my clover plots that were tilled.

    Think about it, everytime you work the soil you are bringing new weed some up to germinate. By killing off the existing weeds your seeds can grow with no competition whatsoever. This won't work with every type of seed. Stick to clovers, brassicas, rye, wheat and even oats. I like to plant a mix of rye, oats clover and then a mix of brassicas.

    Make sure to start spraying in May before weeds get too high. If you have a thatch when planting that is fine, leave it! It will help to hold moisture next to the ground. The seeds will find their way through it.

    Next year I plan to do this with an over grown 4 year old clover patch that is currently 6 foot tall in weeds. I'll start spraying after turkey season and plant it in august to a mix of rye and clover.

    For those of you with a bush hog, you could actually do it now. Mow, wait a week, spray and broadcast seed. For those of you without a bushhog it is imperative to keep up on your sprayings throughout the summer.

    When using a BP sprayer use around 3-4oz of gly per gallon water. This will kill anything it touches, even hard to kill grasses.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No till food plots started by Darron View original post
    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Mike's Avatar
      Mike -
      Thanks, I'm going to try this next year.
    1. Alphamax10's Avatar
      Alphamax10 -
      Great advice and will give this a shot next season for sure. Thank you!
    1. ohio mossy oak's Avatar
      ohio mossy oak -
      Thanks Darron..I have about a 1/2 acre ( .6 acre to be exact) I would like to do this with..I am able to have it bush hogged ..My questions are how much spray after mixed do you think it will take??I figure at 4oz to 1 gallon of water I will have enough for 32 gallons total...An how much seed do I need?And which seed is best an which is cheapest?? I would be able to disc it after the spraying has done its job..Would this be a good idea before or after seeding??Or not at all...
      Thanks
    1. cotty16's Avatar
      cotty16 -
      Good stuff Darron. Do you use somethng like Round Up to spray? Doing a large area can get expensive. What do you reccomend?