[QUOTE=BULLSEYE BILL;346742]My clover / vetch field did great this year, I planted it last year mid August and got a nice buckwheat crop before the frost.
BULLSEYE BILL WROTE>it has also gone to weeds. I would like to lightly disc the new seed into the ground
One of the ways I was taught to sow clover was to prepare the ground and wait for a heavy snow storm. It is best to sow or broadcast your seed while the snow is actually falling.
The first benefit is the snow hides the seed from the birds.
The next benefit is that as the snow melts it will ease those tiny seed into ground contact helping to bury them in the previously frozen and spewed soil further hiding them from the birds.
Now your clover seed is perfectly positioned to sprout and grow as soon as weather permitting.
The third benefit is that you get at least one good gentle watering from the melting snow, and you are not as likely to have many seeds washed away by heavy fall or spring rain.
Buckwheat produces like a son-of-a-gun something you should like.
The problem is that birds like buckwheat as much or more than people so this may be a good way to seed buckwheat.
By working the soil you may get 3 or 4 nectar crops per year with good and timely rain but with all this disking you will destroy your clover.
Here is an idea you may like better. Sow a large field with buckwheat. You may even want to look into renting one, say 20-40-80-100 acres. Time it so the buckwheat seeds just before dove season. Let bees work field. About a week to ten days before opening day Bush Hog the ripe field of buckwheat. Doves have teeny tiny, itsy bittsy, little bitty, feet and legs and don’t like to land on unseen ground so you may want/need to disc your ground at this time for winter planting and to facilitate feeding. This may be an either, an or, or a both operation. So now you’ve killed two birds with one stone (pun intended). Charge X dollars for a one day dove shoot. Give discounts for those who purchased ammo from you. Depending on the law sell more ammo at shoot site. You can pop a lot of caps dove shooting. I have seen poor shots expend a case or more at one shoot. Repeat every weekend during season. I’ve shot fields prepared this way where the buckwheat seed was an half of an inch deep.
Is anyone else who likes buckwheat honey reading this?
HAGD and GOOD LUCK
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