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jimjackandjose
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Planting Dove Field... What do you plant?


Interested in knowing what the OB says about planting dove fields.

When do you plant your field?
What do you plant?
How do you keep the army worms from destroying your crop etc etc.
What else do you do to attract the birds? (Heard tarp and salt will work...)

Last year I planted browntop and japanese millet. Also a strip of sunflower between the two. Tropical storm somewhat screwed things up last year though. I plant around 5 acres in the middle of a 25 acre field.







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Slickback
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I bush hogged a two acre plot last weekend, but haven't had a chance to go back out there and spray. Time has been my biggest enemy lately. If I get some time this weekend, I'd like to go spray the field and then I can get out there and disk a couple days later and plant.

I'm planning on planting sunflower and brown-top millet and maybe some milo.






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KingRanch
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Millet, milo, and sunflower





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jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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How does that milo work out? How long does it take to seed out?
Millet takes 90 days roughly. The japanese takes 45 days which is nice.
Do you bush hog and bale hay out of it? or just knock it down






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Tino
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We have a few patch of Milo and millet planted right now.... Will plant some more plus sunflowers a little later on





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Flair Chops
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re: Planting Dove Field... What do you plant?


millet, milo, wheat

we've done sunflowers a time or two, but those three are our staples, although we don't have nearly as big of a field as we once did






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LSUballs
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I planted sunflowers. The rule on sunflowers is you need to have them in the ground no later than May 20th to have them matured and dried out by Labor day weekend. They do have 75 and 60 day varieties that will mature quicker, but I've never planted them. The day we plant we spray a concoction of Roundup, Spartan, and Duel herbicides to keep the weeds in check. Once the plants come up you can spray Select over the top a time or two to keep the field clean. Clean ground under the seeds is crucial. If I have an army worm problem I'll get one of my farmer buddies to come spray it with something. Although my major problem is deer eating them. I am currently ingaged in a nightly battle to keep the bastads out of my field.








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NimbleCat
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MILO!!!

And it doesn't hurt to have a corn feeder or two by a pond.






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FelicianaTigerfan
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Best advice I can offer is fresh dirt. Two weeks before the season if you have bush hogged your crop make sure you have some paths of dirt turned over and turn it over every few days. Ive spent many hours watching these tasty little birds. They will eat, then fly in the dirt and peck around then go sit on a power line. They repeat this process over and over till they roost. After a few days when the dirt isnt fresh they change their pattern and I see less numbers





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FieldandStream
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quote:

Millet, milo, and sunflower


This and wheat..but honestly we have had our best fields not even planting. Just going in and cutting the field the end of july, disking it good starting in august and piling on the chopped corn for two weeks. Then the last two weeks burn it off because normally grass has started growing throughout the field, and pile on the wheat..then the last week just disk really good again.






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MrCoachKlein
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Best advice I can offer is fresh dirt


A lot of truth to this






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LSUballs
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re: Planting Dove Field... What do you plant?


quote:

This and wheat..but honestly we have had our best fields not even planting. Just going in and cutting the field the end of july, disking it good starting in august and piling on the chopped corn for two weeks. Then the last two weeks burn it off because normally grass has started growing throughout the field, and pile on the wheat..then the last week just disk really good again




Sounds effective. Both for killing birds and getting an upclose view of a federal magistrate.






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FieldandStream
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That is why i said first two weeks of july chopped corn. As long as it isnt out 7 days "or 10" i cnt remember right now, its legal. Which is why i said disk it several times after then.

Plus he didn say field had to be legal! Hahhaha but if done ghe right way you will be fine. We have been checked by green jeans and no issues






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FelicianaTigerfan
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Sounds effective. Both for killing birds and getting an upclose view of a federal magistrate.


A well disked field also helps to show boot prints where the green jeans come in at night and photograph seeds on the ground in the two weeks prior to opening day






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FieldandStream
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A well disked field also helps to show boot prints where the green jeans come in at night and photograph seeds on the ground in the two weeks prior to opening day


Why they gota be so sneaky! I know one didnt get in our field last year at night with the 100lb german shepard on patrol, guys field we worked last year had a mean dog that stayed by the field "collar was on" and he would put you on back of the truck in a second






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FelicianaTigerfan
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They will photograph a square foot and document how much seed is there and do this over a series of days/weeks. If you have the same amount or more seeds a week after the first photo it helps document that you are baiting. Baiting laws are bs imo but I will gladly follow the rules





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jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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re: Planting Dove Field... What do you plant?


Good tips on the fresh dirt. I usually bush hog my crop down then toss it for hay... then toss it again and again to knock all the seed out. But after we bale it up, the dirt underneath is pretty hard.





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FieldandStream
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I usually bush hog my crop down then toss it for hay


Seriously burn it after you bale it. Dove love burnt field






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jimjackandjose
Member since Jun 2011
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Wouldnt that burn up all the seed I just spent all the time/money planting and tossing? I do often see doves on/around burn piles.

Best field I have ever shot over was straight brown top bailed and tossed. Walked and the millet stuck to your boots it was so thick.






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AlxTgr
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I am surprised by the milo recs. At my feeder, they only eat it when nothing else is left. Millet and the various sunflowers go first.





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