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Looking for some help.I am new to using food plots, I have always hunted public property and not private. We are headed to the camp this weekend to seed the food plots. Someone went last week to put out lime but ran out and I am pretty sure my area was one of the ones that did not get. I found out last night that a soil test was never done on the property either. His food plots have always been hit or miss in the past and I do not want to waste money on seed if the soil does not even have the proper chemical composition yet. I have always heard food plots should be planted mid to late August to early September. If I buy a kit to test the soil this weekend would I hurt myself worse by planting the 3rd weekend of September than this weekend.
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I routinely don't plant until October so I think you will be fine. As long as you get some rain once you get your seeds in the ground you should have plenty of growth before gun season starts.
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You certainly will not hurt yourself by waiting, in fact you may help. Army worms can destroy a plot almost overnight and can be mostly avoided by waiting till mid to late September. Other factors to consider: are you bow hunting, soil chemistry and soil pH.

If you are bowhunting which starts Oct 1 most places, you want to have your plots seeded at least 2 weeks prior if possible.

Soil chemistry is important especially so you don’t waste money. Say you have plenty of most nutrients but are deficient in only one of the 3 main ones. Don’t buy 13-13-13, spend your money only providing the nutrients you need, maybe a 0-0-20 or something. Send a soil sample to LSU and you should get an analysis in a week or 2 so you’ll know exactly what fertilizer to buy.

pH can change everything. You can have the perfect nutrient load and with an acidic pH, those nutrients are unavailable for uptake and just sit in the soil useless. Totally wasted fertilizer money in that case. Also it takes like 6 mos for lime to increase soil pH (about 3 mos for pelletized lime), so if anyone is liming now, they’ll get no benefit for 3 months minimum to 6 mos. Liming should have been done in late spring. It’s basically too late now. Don’t waste your money at this point unless you use pelletized lime and are ok with no benefit till December, and you might be ok with that.

Hope this helps and best of luck.
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Thank you Both. I had not seen any comments prior to losing service. I will be sending a soil sample to LSU today but I also put out the lime pellets to be on the safe side.
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