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The Farm w/ No Name - Habitat Projects

bowhunter1023

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Things went about as smoothly as I could have hoped for on this one. After 17 years of wanting to put corn or beans here, I broadcast eagle soybeans this morning. I mowed off the rye from last year's plot on Memorial Day, then sprayed it on Father's Day, and tilled/planted on the 4th just as I'd hoped. If the beans do well, great. If they struggle, I'll broadcast a fall blend into them in August. Super pleased with the seed bed and the depth the seeds were buried after dragging. Time to pray for rain and hope for the best!

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After all that, a dramatic, yet anticlimactic result. All things considered, this is the worst failure in my 19 years of planting food plots. A beautiful plot of smartweed with a few random beans and brassica, with a few other random weeds. Admittedly, I skipped a couple steps like the soil science stuff, sorry @at1010 😬, so I deserve some blame, and I used an expired innoculant, which may or may not have contributed to the failure. I'm pinned down by weather and my wife's schedule for a few days, but my tractor is finally fixed and I have all weekend next weekend to implement the next strategy. Live and learn!

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jagermeister

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After all that, a dramatic, yet anticlimactic result. All things considered, this is the worst failure in my 19 years of planting food plots. A beautiful plot of smartweed with a few random beans and brassica, with a few other random weeds. Admittedly, I skipped a couple steps like the soil science stuff, sorry @at1010 😬, so I deserve some blame, and I used an expired innoculant, which may or may not have contributed to the failure. I'm pinned down by weather and my wife's schedule for a few days, but my tractor is finally fixed and I have all weekend next weekend to implement the next strategy. Live and learn!

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Don’t throw in the towel yet. Hit it with glyphosate. Eagle beans are roundup ready. After spraying it and observing the die-back, you might find that you have more beans in there than you think. Worst case… broadcast some brassicas and/or cereal grains into the remaining beans and pray for more rain. Lol
 

bowhunter1023

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Praying for rain is praying for it to stop down here! @Spencie attest, but we live in a temperate rainforest right now! It's crazy how much rain we've had and keep getting. Definitely going to roundup, then overseed with a classic fall blend. Great seed bed waiting to drink something up, so it should all work out in the end 🤞
 
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bowhunter1023

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What happened to the tractor? I must've missed that.
Broke a cotter pin that allowed a nut to come off in the front drive shaft/differential assembly. It sounded like a set of dozer tracks when it happened. Well beyond my mechanical aptitude to even attempt to pinpoint the issue. Cost me $135 to have the pros fix it. They also topped off the antifreeze and cleaned the radiator since I notice it getting hot the last time I ran it. Turns out I need to remove the battery to really get it cleaned properly. Good as gold now.
 

giles

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We are in the same line and I can't remember a July that wet. Not in the 10 years we have owned this house. I'm pretty sure we have gotten rain every day this month too.
 

Spencie

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Praying for rain is praying for it to stop down here! @Spencie attest, but we live in a temperate rainforest right now! It's crazy how much rain we've had and keep getting.
I can't get my fields mowed because of Mother Natures attitude.
We "should" be spared the dreaded EHD outbreak with all this rain but I remember a few years back a wet summer and there was an outbreak. I then read that too much rain creates more mud for the midges to breed.