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Why Most Brassica Mixes FAIL!


You might have opened this and thought...


"My brassica mixes have always grown well and the deer like them, what's this guy talking about"?

And to all appearances they DID do well, I mean they grew and the deer ate them right?

So what's the issue?

But before I get into the BIG PROBLEM, let me tell you a story...

A few years ago I planted brassicas in my main food plot, everything grew well and the deer HAMMERED them from September well into the winter months!

It was great!

It seemed like a total success, but the spring said otherwise...

That following spring was wet, cool, and damp. Much like this past spring...

In fact we received a ton of rain which washed out the exposed soil where last years brassicas (now dead) were planted...

This made deep wash outs and caused valuable topsoil to run into unusable ground and into the stream...

Not good.

The plan that spring was to no-till soybeans into that plot with my new drill, once things dried out and warmed up that's what we did...

But it was a complete FAILURE...

Why?

Well what the wet cool spring and rain did to the now bare ground was create silt which sealed up the soil.

This didn't allow oxygen in and without oxygen in the soil the seeds rotted...

So not only did I waste my money on seed but I also wasted my time and fuel (not cheap these days!) on a plot that was now growing with weeds...

I then had to do everything over.

Now you may be thinking "if you tilled the soil you probably wouldn't have had the silt issue".

That would be true, however if you weren't going to plant something like soybeans (which are a high risk crop, even for farmers) that spring what would you do?

Say you wanted to plant brassicas again?

Or maybe a cereal grain mix for this fall?