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    I've got some old pastures that I've decided I'd rather plant than mow. They have broomstraw growing and I'm trying to decide whether to burn them before first discing or just disc in the organic matter. Mostly sandy loam soil. I may also spray them with roundup before discing just to kill the grass quicker. What's the conventional wisdom? Is it better to just disc over and over or first get rid of some of the chaff? One advantage of burning is that it will give me one or two more of the burns I need to log for my burn manager cert.

    When discing, is there any value in discing deep or should I just go deep enough to cut the roots?

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    What are you wanting to plant?
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    Burn it disc spray in a month disc again

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    Burn disc plant or burn spray plant(no-till). No way I’d plow in all the broomsedge and weeds, it’ll cut much better without it. Also, if you plan to lime, spread it just before discing. Broomsedge is an indicator of low pH.
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    What are you wanting to get rid of and what are you wanting to plant? I'd burn, spray the fescue or Bermuda a time or two, plant a cover crop of some sort(depending on when you get rid of the pasture grass) and then plant some NWSG, partridge pea, ragweed, and put in some plum and blackberry patches. Maintain with a good winter disc or fire every couple years.

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    parkers ferry field pic.jpg I have 6 acres of this I want to plant for doves, looks like regular lawn grass- don't know what it is as I just bought the place. Would a sod company want it instead of me disking it under?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bad Habit View Post
    parkers ferry field pic.jpg I have 6 acres of this I want to plant for doves, looks like regular lawn grass- don't know what it is as I just bought the place. Would a sod company want it instead of me disking it under?
    No just disc it under
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    I'd just disc it too. I was picturing an old field with knee to waist high broomsedge.

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    I donít think there is a min size for your burn certification. Break the block into how ever many burns you need and call them in as separate burns.


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    My fields don't look like the one somebody posted. Mine have substantial broomstraw and maybe a bit of dog fennel. Ultimately, a couple fields will be game food plots...maybe some chufa, clover, annual deer food, etc. Once I get a handle on the smaller fields, I want to turn an 8 acre pasture into a dove field

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    What sporting woodies said is what I do and it works beautifully
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    Burn all the fields before you do anything. It’ll make your life much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Palmetto Bug View Post
    My fields don't look like the one somebody posted. Mine have substantial broomstraw and maybe a bit of dog fennel. Ultimately, a couple fields will be game food plots...maybe some chufa, clover, annual deer food, etc. Once I get a handle on the smaller fields, I want to turn an 8 acre pasture into a dove field

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    It will be impressive when it burns. Id try to back burn it. Keep the nearby trees in mind. Nearby pines will probably brown up if the flames get high but should be fine. Hardwoods might not be as hardy

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    Leave it alone, a grown weed Field will hold more deer than a food plot.

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    bottom plow then disc just my 2cents

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