2019 Farm Projects, What are yours?

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  1. deep woods goat hunter

    deep woods goat hunter PMA Member

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    I have several projects going for 2019:
    Planting 250 cedar seedlings, 100 persimmon seedlings
    Dwarf Chinkapins
    Spray/maintain WSG's planted in June 2018
    Drill 2-3 more acres of WSGs
    Logging of pallet lumber (weather permitting)
    TSI/Hinge cuts of said pallet logged areas
    Stock pond with minnows, bluegill and few bass
    Lime food plots
    Frost seed clover over last years brassicas
    build at least 1 portable redneck blind platform 5' tall

    What are your plans? help me make my list longer
     
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  3. Asclepias

    Asclepias New Member

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    Prairie management and Prairie planting. Nothing better than a year round food plot that doubles as great habitat. Any reason you chose to go with Cedar?
     
  4. Daver

    Daver PMA Member

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    I suspect that you have buck teeth since you are such a "busy beaver"! :) As for me...

    I will TSI some timber areas this winter.
    Finish up "around the edges" a little on last years sizable CRP replanting effort. I redid about 70 acres of mostly brome CRP over into mostly CIR and I have 3 or 4 acres that still need some attention/replanting.
    Lime food plots.
    Build at least one mobile blind. (I already have the trailer)
    Plant around 15 acres of food plots at various times and in various crops.
    Relax...fishing in the new pond!
     
  5. deep woods goat hunter

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    Thermal cover, and screening along road frontage. I planted 10 acres of NWSGs last year.
     
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    I have to ask, Whats CIR?
     
  7. Tim Hull

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    Cave in Rock Switchgrass I believe.
     
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    IowaBowHunter1983 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    IdI Add fruit trees to your list.
     
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    Hoping to plant come Cedars, we lost a bunch of trees last year with a Tornado..want to get some cover in areas... Adding 30-40 apples trees, figuring 2 will grow haha
     
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    Correct. Technically, what went in the ground via drill was a prescribed native grasses mix. But with the primary percentage of seed being Cave In Rock switch, I think the CIR will dominate in time and it will be a CIR stand.
     
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    As long as you can water them in dry years...I would agree. If you cannot reach them and/or don't have the time/energy to water them in the all too common drought years in southern Iowa/Northern MO...you will be wasting your time and money IMO. These wicked droughts over the past few years have eliminated any living fruit tree on my property. I have personally given up on fruit trees at my farm.

    True, I did not supplemental water them often enough, but maintaining fruit trees during drought is tough sledding.
     
  12. Tim Hull

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    I am up to about 20 fruit trees and I SPEND too much time hauling buckets around watering them during droughts, but I am looking long range. I spent the money on the tree, fencing and fence posts so I want them to survive. Trees I planted in 2012 are bearing hundreds of apples now so it is paying off, but I don't have that many trees.
     
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    If you weren't providing the water do you think that they would have survived? Now that I have a pond in that area of the farm, maybe I could rig a watering system and plant some more?? I would like to have some fruit trees on the farm.
     
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    Going to start a bunch of saplings and ground cover off St. Charles Road. It was previously pasture but I would like to screen it. We've got a bunch of oaks, maples, plum, apple, persimmon and American Bittersweet to start

    The back is nestled between 100 acres of CRP and next to a large 1000 acre trust of old timber. There were countless deer during the summer/fall but they moved close to food late season so I'm planning on a 2 acre plot of some sort to hold them around with a box blind. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    No way they would have survived. They are on Hill tops that get full sun and all the wind. First year planted they would have died I believe without the extra watering until they get good roots established.
     
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    That's what I suspected. I might try it again this year and planting some nearer to the new pond and also making a hillbilly irrigation system from the pond to get water to them. I know they didn't survive at my place just left to themselves. :)
     
  17. BigfootWillow.com

    BigfootWillow.com Tree Climber

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    Whether fruit, oak, or a lot of other different kind of trees, I'm going to have to water the first year, and if drought, probably second year, too. I just plant a lot of trees every year, some years don't have to water, some years about ever week at times, sometimes lose enough anyways, but I live here, so can manage it pretty good.

    If you don't live on the property, kill all vegetation few feet around the planting, use water polymers, and heavy enough mulch layer so that nothing comes up in it the first year, then should be able to skip a lot of waterings. Apples and pears don't suffer too bad from transplanting either.

    Other than planting more trees and shrubs in 2019, would like to get a pond built, that's always on the list, but never gets done.
     
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    I'm planting persimmons, what other fruit trees would you recommend? Low maintenance is important to me when it comes to trees
     
  19. IowaBowHunter1983

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    Apple and Pear. If you do it right the first time I don't think they are all that much work. I've had to water one time in last 5 years. Once they get to 4ish probably never have to water again. Mostly I've planted pink lady, Arkansas black, Enterprise, Liberty on EMLA 111 rootstock. You can also mess with crab apples.
     
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    1) I'm moving fruit trees out of my nursery into their permanent home.
    2) I got some areas that the Multiflora rose is time to kill. UGGGHHHH!! That one is gonna be a joy!!! ;)
    3) Lime, manure & dry fertilizer.
    4) Fixing waterways A to Z on whatever they need.
    5) Maybe gonna do some aerators in ponds if I can figure out how to do those things.
    6) I think I'll get suckered into doing a little TSI for some buddies. Last year or 2 I'm hoping on that.
     
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    Mulch or cut some cedars on my farm in Iowa. More trails in MN, and a few more food plot locations.

    As usual, plant 200+ trees, apple, oak, spruce.
     

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