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Checking out the CRP
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:59:02 AM »
A number of years ago we planted a riparian buffer between this field and the swamps.  We had financial help when we enrolled in the program.  Things got off to a bad start as many of the (9000) trees never grew. I attributed this to moldy stock.  Most boxes of bare root seedlings very moldy.  In retrospect we probably shouldn't have planted them but being we had hired a crew (tractor, planter and three people) and not knowing if they would be ok or not, we went ahead.  By fall I could tell it was a huge mistake as the majority never even leafed out. Yes, I did go back to the soil and water people and the only thing I got was an offer to give me some replacement trees the following spring.  It took many year of replacement plantings to establish enough tree cover to consider it a buffer.  There are numerous oaks in the grass but the deer have been keeping them down to waist level.









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Re: Checking out the CRP
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 11:19:28 AM »
It looks great DE.

My dad & I bought our first 40 acres of hunting land a couple years ago and this year we planted our first apple trees, oak trees, made our first clover food plot, made a couple trails around two sides of our property boundaries (plan to make trails around the other two sides next year). I love the stories and experiences that you share here on MNO. I share them with my dad and we try to apply the ones that will benefit our property (which are most of them).

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Re: Checking out the CRP
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2018, 05:16:20 PM »
Pines are looking great there DE. Wish the first batch of trees went better for you as doing a couple hundred had me huffing and puffing.
I have a few hundred 6 year old oaks that continue to hover around the 4' mark from constant browsing. Wish I would have tree tubed them as they are too knotted and would need fencing. Planted 300 red/white acorns (3-5 a hole) this fall and will tree tube at least a few next summer.

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Re: Checking out the CRP
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2018, 11:22:01 AM »
Here's a suggestion from a forester.  I have a lot of these oaks being held to 3 feet by constant browsing.  He said to cut them off at the base and protect them next year as the new shoot comes up.  They will regrow from the stump probably 3 feet the first year and probably be 5 feet high the second.  Prune to one stem.
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Re: Checking out the CRP
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2018, 09:41:44 AM »
Thanks for the tip DE. I am going to give it a shot on half of them next year. Would love to see them growing out of the tube in a couple of years.

I have many trees about 2' tall with 1" diameter trunks before they go wild. Is it still best to cut way back and start fresh? Or can I take advantage of the 2' I already have? Ill dial up the ol google machine and see what they have to say.

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