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Food Plot ?

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I worked a plot yesterday that had sat for a few too many years, alot of switch grass,

Question is when you plow it what are you guys doing with the excess grass, it had beed cut and hit with round up but it was kinds of a pain.

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Try a controlled burn next spring if conditions are conducive.

Otherwise, mow, and mow again if you can to mulch it up the best you can.

What are you using for equipment to manage this plot?

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Hey BLB

Using ATV and Disc, the $500.00 unit that has 6 disc, I had it loaded with about 180 #s 50 sq yards of plot, ran the ATV 9.5 miles it turned ok, but to me it may be easier on the equipment to do annuals?

Up north here pretty much all counties have burning bans, now, but that thought did run across my mind, should burn it early???

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My plot from last year was over grown by the time I got to it in July, what a mess. I sprayed and burned. Its tough with a atv disk to cut through all the grass.

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I have had good luck by spraying in early June, then burning in the end of June before any burning restrictions "pop-up" again in July or August. Then plowing with an atv disc works fairly well. Then plant and pray for rain, or wait until later in August and pray for rain.

I also use a fair amount of 10-10-10 garden fertilizer. I know it is not legal in MN for lawns, but it is sold for gardens and trees and even at Gander Mnt.

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If it's sod or turf that's giving you trouble then burning is not going to solve your problem. Mowing and spraying roundup is the way to go, let everything die and dry up. It's easier to disc in the spring or after rains when the soil is damp, the disc cuts in better than in the hard dry soil.

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I had that problem on one of my plots, I had disked down some tall rye and the straw/trash on top was keeping the disk from biting in. I just took a pitchfork and gathered up the main straw and put it in piles and burnt it. Your plot is small enough that you could gather it up and put it in piles alongside your plot.

So for now, concentrate on getting your plot ready for next spring. Get the trash off, disc some more, and next spring disk again. If you spray, remember that Roundup only works on actively growing plants, it won't do a thing for dry plants. Good luck.

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I put down some "easy plot" on Sunday. We didn't get rain until last night. What are the chances that it takes hold, or did the heat all week ruin the seeds?

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