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    Default What do I do to clover plot

    Tried something different this year at one place I hunt alone

    Just for poops n giggles I had one area left over and I ordered a small bag of Whitetail Imperial Clover and planted it there , nothing else

    It is a plot right out in front of stand and it the deer seem to really wear it out . Bigger plots behind this are surrounded by sorghum and have a clover mixture with chicory and a corn feeder in the middle.

    Have been some what taken back and number of deer that come to the imperial clover first , it is in the wide open compared to other plot .

    I looked at it today and clover is doing well but I seem some grass and stuff in it

    What do I do at this point to maintain it , do I wait and spray in spring or do I need to do something in the winter


    TIA

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    Clovers are the best food plot you can plant, bar none! Spray in spring and fertilize.
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    Poast grass killer in the spring.

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    All clover isn't created equal. Imperial clover is magic
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    I agree with the above. We have also had a lot of success frost seeding our clover plots in Jan/February. Google it. And I’ll second VG, that’s all we put out.
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    Spray with cleth to kill the grass. Fertilizer with 10 20 20
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheVisorGuy View Post
    All clover isn't created equal. Imperial clover is magic

    After what I have seen this year I am in complete agreement with you.

    Really shocked at how well they hit it

    Quote Originally Posted by YoungBuckTX View Post
    Spray with cleth to kill the grass. Fertilizer with 10 20 20
    Quote Originally Posted by LabLuvR View Post
    Clovers are the best food plot you can plant, bar none! Spray in spring and fertilize.


    Thanks
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    Any ladino clover is great! Imperial too expensive for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tprice View Post
    Tried something different this year at one place I hunt alone

    Just for poops n giggles I had one area left over and I ordered a small bag of Whitetail Imperial Clover and planted it there , nothing else

    It is a plot right out in front of stand and it the deer seem to really wear it out . Bigger plots behind this are surrounded by sorghum and have a clover mixture with chicory and a corn feeder in the middle.

    Have been some what taken back and number of deer that come to the imperial clover first , it is in the wide open compared to other plot .

    I looked at it today and clover is doing well but I seem some grass and stuff in it

    What do I do at this point to maintain it , do I wait and spray in spring or do I need to do something in the winter


    TIA
    When did you plant it? What type of soil?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrutnBPS View Post
    When did you plant it? What type of soil?

    here in Anderson Cnty.

    It is basically an old grown up horse pasture. Prior to plowing it was cut and then sprayed to kill everything (actually have a turnip patch right beside it ).

    Not red dirt, good looking soil but PH needs some work. Was planning on adding lime to all the food plots in Jan

    This spot was actually an “after thought “ , about 1/2 acre plot

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    Here are a couple of pics from stand .I took the first one opening weekend of gun season (Oct 17) and this was planted about 3-4 weeks earlier

    Front edge you see is my turnip patch. Then the Whitetail Imperial. In background you can see big plot with feeder in the middle


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    This one taken couple weeks later from truck


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    Last edited by tprice; 11-28-2021 at 09:47 AM.

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    That's nice. I want some variety on one of the tracts I hunt, but it's sandy. I've got the PH about where I want it, but I still can't get much to grow that good. Rye, Oats, Crimson, are about the only things that do well.

    I've tried turnips, radish, etc. The radish will come up about two inches then just disappear. I don't know if it's lack of sun or what.

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    I like to plant turnips but deer really do not hit them hard. They will nibble on them early but after that really do not hit them.

    Honestly I plant them for 2 reasons, one I like to look at them LOL and the other is wife and I eat them some and My MIL and some of her friends really like them.

    For years I have done the wheat,oats, rape mixture and it has been fine


    This year kind of experimenting at the farm with some different things. Guy I hunt with did same and some land he owns We both did clover mixture plots and one stand alone clover only

    The land we lease has a big power line and we are going to plant it same way next season.

    So far we have been very impressed with clovers


    Here are some pics of my other plot at farm that is a clover blend with chicory



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    I've had much better luck with daikon radishes vs turnips. Only time I pant turnips is when I have an area that has a hard pan. One season of turnips will help with that
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    Quote Originally Posted by YoungBuckTX View Post
    Spray with cleth to kill the grass. Fertilizer with 10 20 20
    You need 0 20 20 the nitrogen will only feed the grass and weeds. Clover does not require nitrogen. Clover fuel made by antler king works well and like others have said clethodim for grasses.

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    Another tip for Ladino clover is to plant it on the west side of a plot. It needs to be out of the afternoon sun in June, July, and August.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Huntinjunkie View Post
    You need 0 20 20 the nitrogen will only feed the grass and weeds. Clover does not require nitrogen. Clover fuel made by antler king works well and like others have said clethodim for grasses.

    Thanks. Was told several years ago no to add much if any nitrogen

    In fact in my small backyard tomato garden I plant crimson clover in it for the winter to put nitrogen back in the ground. Seems to really make a difference with tomato’s

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    2,4-DB will handle any broadleaf weeds but is safe on clover. I have been working on a couple plots over the last few years, trying to clean up weeds and improve the fertility.
    One improvement I made this year was adding Prodiamine and halosulfuron. The Prodiamine goes down in late spring to help prevent crabgrass. The halo is early summer for nutsedge or kyllinga.

    Here is the mix I used in mid March and mid May; all 4 products sprayed in
    12 oz/ Ac Cleth
    32 oz/ Ac 2,4-DB
    1 oz Halosulfuron(only May app)
    21 oz/ Ac Prodiamine(only may app)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigtimeduckhunter View Post
    2,4-DB will handle any broadleaf weeds but is safe on clover. I have been working on a couple plots over the last few years, trying to clean up weeds and improve the fertility.
    One improvement I made this year was adding Prodiamine and halosulfuron. The Prodiamine goes down in late spring to help prevent crabgrass. The halo is early summer for nutsedge or kyllinga.

    Here is the mix I used in mid March and mid May; all 4 products sprayed in
    12 oz/ Ac Cleth
    32 oz/ Ac 2,4-DB
    1 oz Halosulfuron(only May app)
    21 oz/ Ac Prodiamine(only may app)


    Thanks

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