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HWC

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2 questions
1. Just bought 5 acres adjacent to a big timber stand. It is currently hay. We close on Sept 16th in Southern Iowa. Suggestions on what to plant and where I can get the seed with this late of notice. Just decided to buy it 2 weeks ago.

2. What are the options if I don't own a drill? Do people rent their drills or what other options are there? I have a disc and a plow so I can work the hay into dirt if needed but starting to read more about benefits of leaving the dirt alone.
 

IowaBowHunter1983

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2 questions
1. Just bought 5 acres adjacent to a big timber stand. It is currently hay. We close on Sept 16th in Southern Iowa. Suggestions on what to plant and where I can get the seed with this late of notice. Just decided to buy it 2 weeks ago.

2. What are the options if I don't own a drill? Do people rent their drills or what other options are there? I have a disc and a plow so I can work the hay into dirt if needed but starting to read more about benefits of leaving the dirt alone.
Can you get early access to at least spray it?

If you can get it dead you can spread rye and clover on top without working ground if you don't have a drill.

I would go with the grain blends based on your planting timing.

Seed can be found at most local Co ops.

I (Midwest Habitat Company) also sell seed if it's helpful and convenient depending on your location.
 

HWC

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Can you get early access to at least spray it?

If you can get it dead you can spread rye and clover on top without working ground if you don't have a drill.

I would go with the grain blends based on your planting timing.

Seed can be found at most local Co ops.

I (Midwest Habitat Company) also sell seed if it's helpful and convenient depending on your location.
I won't be able to get in there early. Thinking I can spray on that Saturday. Could I still spread Rye and clover before spraying or do I need to let it die? If I sprayed Saturday, I could go down and plant on Tuesday, Wed, or Friday. It looks like you are quite a distance from me.

Edit: I do still have some RYE and clover from over a year ago. Would it still be ok to use?
 

IowaBowHunter1983

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I won't be able to get in there early. Thinking I can spray on that Saturday. Could I still spread Rye and clover before spraying or do I need to let it die? If I sprayed Saturday, I could go down and plant on Tuesday, Wed, or Friday. It looks like you are quite a distance from me.

Edit: I do still have some RYE and clover from over a year ago. Would it still be ok to use?
Assuming they took a 3rd cutting the hay is probably pretty short.

I'd probably seed it and spray spray same day.
 
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HWC

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Assuming they took a 3rd cutting the hay is probably pretty short.

I'd probably seed it and spray spray same day.
That's what I was thinking. Especially with the drought this area has had. I expect it to be pretty thin. Would year old grain be ok to get by with? I know it's not ideal.
 

HWC

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Do you guys know if Monroe, Wapello, Davis, Or Appanoose rent grain drills as part of the pheasants forever chapter or county board? The county I used to live in had that option at one time.

If not, where would you recommend looking for a good deal on one that can be pulled by 50 hp tractor?
 

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Do you guys know if Monroe, Wapello, Davis, Or Appanoose rent grain drills as part of the pheasants forever chapter or county board? The county I used to live in had that option at one time.

If not, where would you recommend looking for a good deal on one that can be pulled by 50 hp tractor?
Call the NRCS offices for those counties. I’m in a few different counties but all the counties I’m in will rent drills for $10-15/acre depending on county. Should have no issue & if they don’t have one- bet they know who will.
 
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HWC

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Call the NRCS offices for those counties. I’m in a few different counties but all the counties I’m in will rent drills for $10-15/acre depending on county. Should have no issue & if they don’t have one- bet they know who will.
Appanoose county conservation board got back to me and they don't have any. Not sure if NRCS is different from that but I will contact the NRCS offices around here on Tuesday. Thanks!
 

Slick

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Why mess with the oats? Why not double up on WR in the RT mix? It seems to me that the WR germinates much better.
 
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HWC

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Planted the turnips and some big buck brassica 2 weeks ago. Never done turnips before. Can you tell what I have coming up in this pic? Thankfully we got just a little rain shortly after I planted.
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Tmayer13

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Planted the turnips and some big buck brassica 2 weeks ago. Never done turnips before. Can you tell what I have coming up in this pic? Thankfully we got just a little rain shortly after I planted. View attachment 123078
Looks like turnips to me but tough to tell, the pic is too far away

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Tmayer13

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A week after planting and 2+" of rain later....Oats, rye, Imperial Clover, Crimson clover and radish...should be a good plot

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Jbohn

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Tried Dlbtree cereal Mix into beat up clover plot !! Sprayed IMOX and Cleth let her eat . Skip said it will work so I’ll try once first time I’ve drilled it so see what happens .
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