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ILC Assists in Putting in some Upland Game and Dove Plots on 207 Acres for sale in Peoria County

by John OReilly on March 28, 2012

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Illinois Land Company and Herman Brothers Pond Management are putting in some upland game plots and dove plots at the 207 Acres listed by Illinois Land Company (Click here to access the listing page). These pics are only the first stage of the entire process…we have mowed down the areas the we would like to plant. The next steps are spraying and killing the grass, prepping the soil, the fertilizing and planting. The first group of pics are going to be our upland game plots. They are going to be amazing. They are surrounded by cool season grasses and shrubs…over 15 acres of them…which is perfect habitat for quail and pheasant. We are super excited to get tehm up and growing so we can release some birds. We are going to plant some whitehead sorghum in strips which should make for some great hunts. We will keep you updated on the progress!

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July Planted Soybean Food Plot in Central Illinois

by John OReilly on September 30, 2011

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Every year, it is a debate as to when soybean food plots should be planted. Many plant them the first opportunity they get. However, that gets irritating when they are brown by October 1 and the deer are eating the neighbors beans that were planted later than yours. Early in the fall, the deer feed on the soybean leaves. That is their main attraction. That is why products like Eagle Seed beans are becoming popular, because they produce a large forage leaf. However, the actual pods become important as the winter hits. Deer switch to eating the actual beans for protein. Grant Woods, a leading deer biologist, has always proclaimed that Illinois residents should plant their beans in early July for best output. To me, this always seemed too risky so I never attempted it. I had typically planted them in early to mid June. This year, the weather forced me to do something different. I was not able to plant my beans until mid July. My fear was that they would not have time to grow to maturity and produce pods. Here are the results…
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You can see that they beans have grown quite well. They are not quite as tall as most of the earlier planted beans but I attribut that partly to the deer. They are eating these beans over beans planted earlier in the season so their growth is somewhat limited by the deer. Also, you can see that the weed pressure is pretty limited. Typically, in areas of high deer density, we struggle with weed competition. The deer eat the beans so fast that they are not able to canopy. Consequently, the dirt between the rows is continuously exposed to the sun…resulting in a lot of weeds. It is not uncommon for us to have to hit our bean foodplots with Round Up three or four times a year. This foodplot was planted so late that we only had to spray it once before the weeds were essentially dormant. My next concern was pod production.
You can see that the plants produced quite a bit of pods. Each individual plant had five or six medium size pods. I am not claiming to be a farmer or know anything about true harvest, but to me this seems pretty adequate for deer consumption. I have planted eagle seed beans before and they do not produce this many pods. So overall, I am pretty happy with the July planted soybean foodplot. I would assume that it will stay green into early November. Should make for some good early season hunting!