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LEASTBAY
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Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Anyone use one of the stick in the ground PH meters? I've been adding lime and want to check. are these any good?


Uncs
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Every year. take a sample and send it to the LSU g extension. They will test it and tell you what you need. Just call the ag department at LSU. It is easier and free.


CrawDude
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
The cheap in-ground pH meters are really not good. Not accurate and don’t last.
If you don’t have many plots, the LSU AgCenter can conduct a complete soil chemical analysis for $10 per sample, it’s cheaper just to do pH, $3 per sample. More info here LINK

If want to do it yourself an inexpensive soil pH chemical kit made by Hach or LaMotte would probably be better.


LEASTBAY
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Yeah. I was thinking just to see if the lime was effective.

Another question, I always see people mention to get seed at a co-op because it's cheaper. I can't find where one or even what exactly it is. I live in Metairie and have a lease on the Northside. Do we have one around here?
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CrawDude
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Maybe Marsolans Feed and Seed Store in Covington. Most rural areas where people raise livestock and farm to some extent will have a “feed and seed” store. Maybe Tractor Supply? You’ll have check and compare.


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Dissident Aggressor
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Pontchatoula Feed and Seed


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theOG
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
I think they've been moving more towards a pet store over the years, but you may want to check Jefferson Feed. I don't think the location on Vets has anything non-pet related but some of the others do.


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lowhound
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
I just got my results back from LSU, pH of 4.7. Looks like 2 tons per acre now and I can't get a big trailer of ag lime back into my stand.

Anybody ever use a 12v spreader on their ATV? LINK


Farmtiger
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
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just got my results back from LSU, pH of 4.7. Looks like 2 tons per acre now and I can't get a big trailer of ag lime back into my stand.


Could be worse. I bought a piece of property last year and the report called for 6 tons to the acre....

You may look into liquid Calcium and spray it. You can get a decent sprayer for $100-200 that will fit on your wheeler or even a pull behind that are usually larger capacity.


LEASTBAY
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
I've already spread half a ton by hand. It wasnt terrible. Lowe's does sell a fast acting lime that's supposed to equal a bunch of bags of pellets. Not sure how accurate that is. I need re testing.


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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
I have to go get my samples to send off. Go to the LSU extension office on Covington and they will ship them and help you out.


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Kingpenm3
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
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Every year. take a sample and send it to the LSU g extension. They will test it and tell you what you need. Just call the ag department at LSU. It is easier and free.



A lot of local feed and seeds have a corer you can borrow and the sample boxes that you send in on hand.



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yatesdog38
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Talk to your local USDA guy. He is gonna tell you to mail it to the state extension service. usually operated by a state university. In Mississippi's case that would be Mississippi State University


omegaman66
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Just add lime till you can't stand it and you will almost be where you need to be.


LEASTBAY
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Yes. I figured this route would make the most sense and save the most time. Every time I go out i bring a few more bags.


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plazadweller
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
If you can use tractor with a 300-500 lb spreader it won’t be that bad. I don’t know how much acreage that you’re trying to cover but anything more than an acre is going to be a pain in the ass. I’ve only ever limed strips I’ve planted in stands of timber with a small spreader like that.


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plazadweller
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
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Could be worse. I bought a piece of property last year and the report called for 6 tons to the acre....


That’s insane. The most I’ve ever had to apply is 1 ton/acre.


CrawDude
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Member since Apr 2019
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
I agree. Never seen a lime requirement close to 6 tons per acre, except in a coastal marine soils dominated by iron sulfide minerals. I’d have that soil re-analyzed or see if they made an error in the calculation - it happens, I’ve caught several mis-calculations over the years. You’d almost have to be on top of a coal deposit or aluminum or iron ore deposit to have a lime requirement that high.


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Tigerpaw123
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
Just got my soil sample results back, 2-3 tons per acre, about what I was expecting, Southwest Mississippi, old man around here told me the soil was so poor around here that they have to bury a man with a sack of triple 13 just to get his soul to rise

Talked to the fertilizer company and they are going to deliver and spread 9 tons of lime for $70/ton, that will keep me good for about 3 years


yatesdog38
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re: Anyone use a PH meter for food plots?
What you planting that eats that much lime? Maybe rotate the food plots and you can stretch that out


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