Dove fields 2018

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  1. HuntsItAll

    HuntsItAll 6 pointer

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    hunt-4-life21 That is a great looking field!!!
    A question for you?? How long does it take for the heads to dry out naturally once they open up?
     
  2. hunt-4-life21

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    Great question. According to last year's pictures, I had a field full of flowers on July 13th. On August 10th, I mowed one strip thru them. The pictures show they are still pretty green, but the heads were doubled over. And then on August 27th, the flowers were completely dead with no green showing. So I'm going to say around 6 weeks. You can mow them while the heads are still green but they don't bust as good.
     
  3. Rob7

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    Great looking field hunt-4-life21.
    Put seed in the ground 5.23. These pictures were taken 6.23; 4.5 weeks after planting. Sprayed on 6.4; just short of 2 weeks after planting. I dont think the spraying worked as good as in years past. Plan next year is to spray pre-emergent and see how that does.
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  4. nock

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    What are you going to do the fields after you hunt? Plant something else or leave as is?
     
  5. hunt-4-life21

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    I'm all in on pre-emergence now. My sunflower's look just as good and clean as our corn right now. No weeds at all. I never had to spray lightning either. Just sprayed pre-emergence after planting.

    I'll also add our field that we plant for work shoot looks like a disaster. My southern states rep. gave me this pre-emergency and said it's Spartan+Dual but under a different name (Broadaxe). The guy planting the field was told Broadaxe would kill sunflowers and wouldn't listen to me when I told him to spray it. I even went online and showed him the label. Sunflowers aren't affected by it, it's even on the label. He didn't listen. At one time, he had nutsedge taller than the sunflowers. He put on Lightning with some AMS and it stunted the nutsedge. It hasn't killed anything but allowed the sunflowers to grow. We should be okay but if he had listened to me, he would have a clean field.
     
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  6. hunt-4-life21

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    Last year I just left as is. I thought about putting it in wheat early October last year and cutting the wheat for hay. The downfall is most times wheat hay needs to be cut mid to late May. If the weather cooperates, it can be done. If you get a wet May, that'll put your wheat late on getting cut and not many windows long enough to get it to cure. Before you know it, it's Memorial Day weekend and you're sunflowers haven't been planted. Wheat has a huge root structure and it hard to work back down. I could no-till in the wheat, but I'm not a fan of no-tilling sunflowers after doing it in another field this year.

    I guess I could put down some turnips/radishes for the deer and not be affected on plant date. I shot this field some in October last year too.
     
  7. nock

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    All them seeds will attract the mice which will bring the yotes:)
     
  8. T-wil69

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    Really glad I broadcasted the millet because my sunflowers didn’t do so well because of the weeds, but I found me a boom sprayer to take care of that problem next year

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  9. T-wil69

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    I have a question, I’m planning on spraying my field with roundup at the end of this month to kill it out for dove season, will the roundup keep doves from eating the seed?
     
  10. hunt-4-life21

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    No it won't. You need to make sure that the seeds are mature before spraying them. If you kill them before maturity, doves won't eat them. I know this is true for sunflowers. I'll probably spray mine with roundup just a few weeks before season to kill undergrowth. I didn't have a problem finding birds last year, but I had a decent dog who did well. Others had trouble.
     
  11. T-wil69

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    Ok thanks, I have a variety of seeds I planted that are maturing good but I also have a variety of weeds that are doing the same so I figured I could burn it down with roundup to get some bare ground then start cutting strips
     
  12. HuntsItAll

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    hunt-4-life21 How is your field looking? On what date did your heads open up? Im trying to judge the timing of my field by your field. I haven't seen my field in a couple of weeks. My nephew says they have heads, but none have opened yet.
     
  13. hunt-4-life21

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    They are looking great. I never thought I’d say this but the heads may actually be too big. They are so big and heavy that they are doubling the plants over. If we had a wind storm come thru, id lose most of the field. Hopefully that doesn’t happen. Everything is in the drying down phase now. I had a full field of flowers on July 1st. I planted on May 7th. Its usually takes around 6 weeks from when flowers bloom til they are ready to mow down.
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  14. Rob7

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    Put seed in the ground 5.23. These pictures were taken 7.14; 7.5 weeks after planting. I'm about 2.5 weeks behind hunt4life21. 6 weeks from now will be 8.25. Hopefully they will be ready to mow then.
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  15. HuntsItAll

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    137C4515-F7FA-425F-837F-5C26727716C5.jpeg 64F6932D-AB4A-42C3-9AEC-0A9E5338C7DE.jpeg 7/13 update!! Everything coming along nicely. I planted the perdovick seeds. My plants average about 4ft tall. With some around 5ft tall. Starting to head out. Most just have 1 head on them, but did notice some with multiple heads?? Is this normal? Also for the guys who planted Clearfield seeds. How tall are your plants? I’m not expecting the heads on mine to get as big as the ones hunt-4-life posted.. Maybe because of the type of seed I planted.
     

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