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PostSubject: Alfalfa or??   August 11th 2014, 3:31 pm

Just curious but is the darker green stuff the alfalfa? Its very long in the plot, over a foot where as the obvious clover with the round pedals are low to the ground.



Other than some funky weeds growing and the sun flowers, the plot has been doing excellent this year.
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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   August 12th 2014, 1:04 pm

ok I got my answer on another forum, along with ebay lol. It is alfalfa!

Just mowed it down today, wow what a friggin lawn! Clover is super super thick.


Next spring I will buy a 2-4lb bag of the same alfalfa and thicken up the plot with it instead.
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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   July 29th 2015, 4:33 pm

I could have told you what it was but did not see it in time. I have it for a front yard, back yard, plus another 105 acres of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   July 29th 2015, 4:51 pm

Lucky! I have to water the hell out of it here or else everything dries up within a week.
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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   July 29th 2015, 5:06 pm

My millet is now over knee high. We've had 7.7" of rain since last Thursday.

The pond is about 1/3 full now too. There was a wood duck hen on it this afternoon. She didn't fly off when I came up to the pond. I took a good look at her and she's molting so she can't fly.

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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   August 9th 2015, 9:09 am

Johnathan,

If you want more deer in the plot try growing the alfalfa and clover separate. Let the alfalfa grow and when it heads out take a close look, then see how long the tops survive.

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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   August 9th 2015, 11:32 am

John, thanks! I got a new area started with clover and winter rye for the cold months and cover. If it doesn't do good, I can plant alfalfa next spring and see how it does.
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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   August 9th 2015, 12:06 pm

Deer love alfalfa. Not far from me is a huge field of alfalfa that is 1/4 mile square. There must be 500 deer on that field at times. Some really nice bucks too.

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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   August 9th 2015, 12:21 pm

Muley wrote:
Deer love alfalfa. Not far from me is a huge field of alfalfa that is 1/4 mile square. There must be 500 deer on that field at times. Some really nice bucks too.
oh yes they do...i buy 100 lbs of the alfalfa cubes for horses at the farm store..and put a pile at each camera...they just devour it...they are not much of a hay eater but love the Alf and shredded sugar beets...its like candy to them...

you find a alfalfa field and you can hunt there your golden...plus its full of minerals so promotes great antler growth...
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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   August 9th 2015, 1:16 pm

No hunting at all near the one i'm talking about . All private property. Sometimes I park next to the fence, and just watch them. They have no fear. They know they're safe.

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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   November 5th 2016, 7:56 am

around here if you plant wild sunflowers with some corn mixed in with it and let it stand and dry up the deer are thick in it. also winter wheat planted of course in the fall is a deer magnet. they go to that over alfalfa every time. you have to have a climate that has some nice days in the winter so it greens up and i and my son have shot plenty of deer with stomachs full of winter wheat. if one alternated strips of wild sun flowers and corn with strips of winter wheat you would have all the deer you wanted. strong eagle
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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   July 16th 2017, 7:26 pm

We used to farm 200 acres of alfalfa and always had deer and elk in numbers day and night. The DOW would set off firecrackers, use elect. fences powered by solar, send wardens to run them off all because of the crop damage they had to pay each year. They tried everything they could come up with, anything they tried was a failure.

My neighbor told me for years the families in the valley controlled this problem while this property was leased. They would supply game meat to all the locals in the valley during the fall and winter which kept the animals spooked for most of the seasons. 

Years after I moved the ex-wife put llamas on the property, game animals don't like them and have moved on. She told the DOW why she wasn't asking for crop damage and what cured the problem.

Now the mountain lions are coming in several times a year going after the llamas (heard they taste like chicken)??? Smile   Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   September 26th 2017, 12:43 pm

Jonathan,

From your past writings I take it you have a limited amount of water for the plots. Check with your local seed store and see if they have any dry land pasture mix. Good for outskirts and other areas where you do not have water. Spread it on before the snow comes and you will see growth next spring. It need a little sprinkling at the first dry spell next year unless you get rain. After that it should be ok.

It has worked well for me on non irrigated ground.

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PostSubject: Re: Alfalfa or??   October 9th 2017, 7:28 pm

On our fourth cutting of alfalfa this week, according to the weatherman we are good until Monday of next week before the weather changes. My tenant farmer keeps an eye on a couple dozen mulies hanging around watching the downed hay, several young bucks and nice racks on two others that need to survive a few more years. They should have a good shot at making it as I gave permission to the Utah State Patrol to park on our lane to watch for speeders. There's a patrol car there from daylight to several hours after dark every day.

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