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Has anyone ever planted "feed" oats for deer? I am gona plant a mixture of Rye, Wheat, Osceola Clover, and Oats. I know the name brand seeds will have a higher germination rate, but for the money I can live with it.
I also read something about a month ago that our county agent(Livingston Parish), Kenny Sharpe wrote. He said LSU (I think) done a experiment at their deer pen. The results was the deer ate regular plants grown from seeds used for cattle just as good, if not better, than name brands like BioLogic.
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seed
you planting rye? or rye grass? don't waste your time with rye grass, don't really don't like it much only if there is nothing else to eat. you can plant seed oats or feed oats. feed oats will grow but not as good as seed oats for forage but will be a lil cheaper.
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Seed
We over seeded all of our plots we planted this year with feed oats.
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feed oats
We planted them last year and this year and they did great!!
We planted 2 1/2 weeks ago and last weekend the oats were 9" high and the wheat was 6" high and the crimson clover was 6" too. I planted some biologic clover/chicory mix and one with brassica(the $9.99 bags from wally world) and the plot looks the best it's ever looked. We limed about 3 years ago, and fertilize w 13-13-13 and 0-0-60. It's piney woods sandy land near Leesville. We finally got enough water this year to really kick the plants in.

The feed oats are half the price of the name brand seed oats.

Escout
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planting
plant the real thinng , go to your neighbborhood feed and seed, get foragee oats ,, the regular ones are not expensive. do not mix to much clover with it. try planting clover all alone. i need my hip boots after reading something a minute ago,, gotta go get dem boots.
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ask for germ info
I buy from large farm supply and they usually set aside a lot of feed oats and get dept of ag to run a germination on the lot. I usually buy these as germination is still in 80% range. I agree with comment about rye grass being way down on list. This is a total guess but most forage branded plants (whether oats or soybeans)probably are better at handling heavy grazing vs regular feed oats.
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LOL
Escourt Not trying to stir the old pot well maby i am but there is no way that your clover is 6 inches tall in 2 1/2 weeks.
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Sweet soil
Do you want quality food for the deer or just something they'll eat? I hunt/plant in Livingston parish and have learned allot in the past few months about the soil quality or lack there of....properly prepared soil will produce quality deer food! Soil tests help me learn how to adjust the soil to what I'm going to plant and when I'm going to plant. I haven't planted anything yet this year, will be planting around the 18-19th of this month. Albino Buck has really helped me out with his knowledge and experience, sure he would be willing to help you out too! Good luck!!
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food plots
I ran an experiment a few years ago. I planted arrow leaf clover in one plot , deer plot mix in another , buck forage oats in another and imperial whie tail clover in the other. The total plot was 2 acres with a half acre of each planted .The deer mowed down the imperial white tail clover and did not eat the other 3 types of food plot. All 4 of these plots were next to each other and you could see where they walked through everything else to get to the imperial white tail clover .Just my experiment--but I know what i now plant .
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Not a good plan
There are two types of oats.

Spring oats are grown in climates with cool nights in the summer (Minnesota, Illinois, Canada, Scandinavia). They are planted in the spring and harvest in the fall. Spring oats are very susceptible to cold damage and may turn brown or die when temps fall into the 20s. Some spring oats are sold as deer food plot seed even though they do not produce much forage and easily freeze out. There is/was a company in south Louisiana selling ‘Jerry’ (variety) oat and advertising it as very cold tolerant. Jerry is a very winter – tender South Dakota oat – clearly false advertising.

Winter oats are planted in the fall and grow all winter, with harvest in the early summer. They are much more tolerant of cold weather, some more so than others. Winter oats are frequently used for forage or ‘dual-purpose’ and generally are much leafier and more attractive than spring oats to foraging animals.

Feed oats are any oat seed sold as animal (Horse) feed. Feed oats can be a locally grown winter oats, but are often spring oats not suited for planting here. Also: almost all oat varieties are protected by plant variety patent. They can not be legally bought as ‘feed oats’ and use for planting anything – food plots, pastures, etc.. You and the seed store that sold them with a germ test – clearly knowing you intended to plant them – are legally vulnerable to a law with by the company that owns marketing rights.

I strongly suggest that you purchase a good winter oat intended for deer foodplots or at least winter pasture. In the grand scheme of things, seed cost are pretty minimal in a hunting season and can make a big difference. Oats are not all equal. I’m don’t sell oats fwiw, but I am by profession very informed.

Good luck.
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6 " clover
Well is was. It was planted on top of damp soil and dragged in, and it rained 2 hours after that. Then it proceeded to rain at least every other day if not almost every day after that. Best it's ever looked, and the deer preferred the plot to my corn, except for 2 does, one of which went home with me.
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high dollar
I planted a sack of oats wheat rye clover mixture from my local feed store and its doing really well.The only problem im have with it is its being over grazed,this started when it shot up to about 4 inches.The spot its planted in is well limed but has not been fertilized yet.Im very happy with what my local feed store sold me and the critters are tooo!
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