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Open Up, A Plot That Is

3-20 Open Plot

Now is a great time to create new food plots for this coming planting season. Whether you’re in the big timber and need a dozer to take care of things or whether you have natural openings to deal with and need to remove other type of debris, where there’s a will there’s a way.

If you don’t have the budget for a dozer, one person and a chainsaw can actually do quite a lot. THIS SITE can help you choose the right chainsaw for the job. You don’t have to remove every tree out of a plot. Sometimes a manager may have a good producing mast crop or fruit tree they may want to leave, or in cases of very well-drained soils they may leave a tree or two to provide some shade. Most food plot forages do not require full-sun and a tree to provide shade can help to conserve topsoil moisture, which is the most important determinant for success.

Mild Winter Gives Weeds A Head Start
This past winter has been very mild in most places across the nation. Soil temperatures have stayed somewhat warmer than normal with this mild winter, this gives cool season weeds a head start in your plots heading into spring. This may mean you will need to look at spraying your plots a few weeks earlier than normal this year. This includes spraying perennial fields containing clovers, alfalfas, chicory, etc for grasses, as well as using

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