Getting the dove field started earlier this year.

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  1. no harm-no fowl

    no harm-no fowl Senior Refuge Member

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    Well it's that time of year again. Changing it up a bit, eventhough last year was very successful. That's the reason for the earlyer start.
    This year I'm going to plant a couple of rows of oil sunflowers on either side of the buckwheat that I'll plant the last week of may or the 1st of June. Today I worked up the soil in hopes of getting the sunflowers planted as soon as the frost free date comes. I want them to mature as early as possible, the buckwheat will hold the doves if the sunflowers get eaten up by the birds.
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    We had some amazing shoots out of this field last year, I should of done it years ago.

    Here is a link the how the field turned out last year. I couldn't of ask for better results.
    https://www.refugeforums.com/threads/just-got-my-dove-field-all-set-up.1060605/
     
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  2. Drakes Landing

    Drakes Landing Senior Refuge Member

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    I’m beginning my prep this weekend. Burn down with glysophate and then disc in 2-3 weeks and put down pre-emerge Dual. Broadcast Sunflowers and put some nitrogen on, harrow and wait for a rain. Finally, spray with Clethodim (grass only killer) if any competition. It really is not hard but several steps and planning required to get it directionally “right”. Plant about 12 acres in 3 separate plots.

    Love this time of year!!!
     
  3. JFG

    JFG Elite Refuge Member

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    Clearfield or regular ole black oil sunflower seed? I know there’s a pretty big cost difference but I’m sure there’s a reason for it.
    Getting pumped up for the prospects of a better dive season this years also. Bird numbers for last 5 years in general down all over the SE.
     
  4. redheads

    redheads Senior Refuge Member

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    Seams a little early to plant the buckwheat.The deer will have it taken care of by September 1
     
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  5. no harm-no fowl

    no harm-no fowl Senior Refuge Member

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    Deer not an issue with my buckwheat. I would of liked another week or 2 last year on my buckwheat. That's why I'm planting around June 1st this year. As far as sunflowers, not sure which is best. Most likely going with just oil sunflowers seeds from tractor supply. Hopefully I don't get too many weeds. Then I'll burn the weeds back in the end with roundup. Cheapest way to go. I wish I could find a bag of roundup ready sunflower seeds, I'm sure they ain't cheap.
     
  6. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Buckwheat? God bless you. You're feeding birds and bees. :tu
     
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    redheads Senior Refuge Member

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    Check Parkland seed for the clarified sunflower seeds.
     
  8. Drakes Landing

    Drakes Landing Senior Refuge Member

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    I have used Clearfield for many years but past two years prices for seed and herbicide crazy high. We planted PF Dove Kandy last year with pretty good success. Requires a bit more work but seed is very reasonable at around $45 bag. Herbicides Me Too Lachlor (pre emerge broadleaf) and Clethodim (post emerge grass) are also pretty reasonable.

    Best us still Clearfield and Beyond herbicide (Imazomax Generic now that I have not used). Being able to spray post emergence is extremely beneficial!
     
  9. no harm-no fowl

    no harm-no fowl Senior Refuge Member

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    So I was back at again this weekend. I formulated my plan for this years dove field. I am planting the outside of my field to oil sunflowers and the center to buckwheat. I decided to go with the cheapest route. I'm planting bird seed oil sunflowers and burning back the weeds when they mature. I will work up the section in between and broadcast buckwheat in June. This weekend I worked up the outside portion and broadcast the sunflower seeds. I then hammered it with nitrogen. (see pics) the lighter center section will be where the buckwheat will go.
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  10. Drakes Landing

    Drakes Landing Senior Refuge Member

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    Got planted yesterday with the help of 2 other guys and 2 of their kids! Put in approximately 12 acres of PF Dove Kandy! We sprayed, fertilized, broadcast seed and then dragged it. Paid a farmer to prep the field with field cultivator which was worth every penny spent! Got 1/3” of rain today so we should be off to the races!

    10-15 days we should start to see some sprouts!

    Good Luck
     

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