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  1. yoderjac

    If you could buy land in any State?

    A lot depends on your neighbors when you are under 1,000 or so.
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    Solar powered remote food plot irragation system project

    There is no scientific evidence that mineral supplements benefit free ranging deer. Most of a deer's diet consists of native plants. Each plant has a different capacity to mine different minerals from different depths from the soil. We just don't see mineral deficiencies in free ranging deer...
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    Welder Thoughts?

    Are you saying that the 215, which is a multiprocess welder (Mig, Stick, Tig), is too powerful for sheet metal? The specs say it will go down to 24 gauge for Mig and Tig and 16 gauge for stick. What kind of projects would you envision that would use thinner sheet metal? Thanks, Jack
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    Seedling roots

    Sorry, my eyes are failing. That should read SD5 deep hole method referring to post #2.
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    Welder Thoughts?

    The welder is just sitting waiting for me to head to the farm next week, but I think I found a gem. I've been cleaning out the garage and taking stuff to the new barn. I came across this: it is my old drafting table from Jr. High School. A few years after I hit high school, the got rid of...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    will do!
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    I agree with over fertilizing and lack of lime as potential problems, but remember that link is for farmers, not deer managers. They are focused on yield. Pokeweed is a great example of a weed to a farmer that is a deer manager's delight. My biggest short-coming in this arena is the ability...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    Great post! A "weed" is just a plant growing some place you don't want it. For a guy reclaiming a compressed logging deck in heavy clay where noting grows, plants farmers call weeds are the first indication of success! Weed tolerance is something that took time for me to grow into. There...
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    Solar powered remote food plot irragation system project

    It is a cool project for sure, but I have evolved toward a different philosophy, sustainability. I've begun to ask myself this question. If I'm constantly putting energy into my QDM efforts, what happens when I stop? Have I made deer come to depend on the energy I'm putting in on an annual...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    Completely agree, your local weather patterns have a great impact on how well different techniques work. Timely rain can cover a lot of sins. Timing the fall plant is never easy. Too early and drought can be an issue; too late and things like turnips and radish don't reach their potential...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    Success with T&M requires healthy soil. I damaged my soil by using a 2-bottom plow and tiller in the early days. One of the soil science guys sent me a link to a formula for building a solid road. It was pretty much the same prescription I had been following for food plots. Yikes! It took...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    20 dsm and no summer food is the similarity.
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    Lateral Bark Grafting

    There are lots of grafting techniques and finding the right one for the job can be difficult. It is going to depend on what you are grafting too and, of course, the skill of the grafter. For example, Chestnuts tend respond to the injury of grafting by putting up new shoots from the ground. It...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    I would broadcast your fall plant into the standing buckwheat with rain in the forecast and then mow it. Microbes from contact with the soil surface helps the buckwheat decompose releasing the nutrients it scavenged for you fall crop. You don't need heavy thatch. The mowed crop is acting like...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    My deer use it, but don't abuse it. If deer are not using it, it is because they have found something they like better.
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    Seedling roots

    As others have said, physically pruning roots is better than having them j-hook or circle. The trees my look fine for several years but eventually the roots can constrict themselves. The best solution is the SDS deep hole method. When you plant bare root trees, the saying is sleep the first...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    Other than the rainfall, your situation sounds very similar to ours when we started. I'm on a pine farm and there are no row crops within 3 miles. Our deer numbers were very high. The biologist had us shoot every doe we saw. He said that while the deer density in the general area was high...
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    The Throw n’ Mow Method

    I have no idea how to deal with feral hogs except trap and kill them as you are probably doing. Regardless of the planting style, when deer are abusing buckwheat, the plot is tiny or they are really hurting for food. Back when our deer numbers were very high, buckwheat was one of the few warm...
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    New barn

    Cement is poured! We met the builder to move stone with my Kioti as he extended the forms to larger patio size we wanted on Tuesday. As it turns out, he had forgotten he had as much stone as he did already laid under the overhang. So, I did not have to move stone for them. Instead, we worked...
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    Welder Thoughts?

    It arrived today! I brought a couple pieces of scrap home to practice with, but It just dawned on me that I have no gas. I'm not sure what I was thinking. So, my practice will need to wait until I go back to the farm. I started to look at 75/25 (c25) in that area. They want $60 a year to...
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