Not even sure if I'm doing this right, while I've been a member for a couple of years absorbing all the wonderful and informing information on this sight I've yet to post or reply to anything.
I recently purchased a 200 acre farm in SE Iowa and would like to plant several acres in various places of your notorious food plot "Mix" which I have read about so many times on this sight. My question is, assuming of course my ground is ready for it, what should I expect to pay per acre to plant the mix, fertilizer, lime, seed etc. I have access to equipment, just trying to get an idea of the cost of all the ingredients, again, my location is only about a half hour from yours, Eldon
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Congrats on the purchase of your farm and welcome to IW :way:
The mix I share is meant to eventually be somewhat self sustaining, perhaps not entirely but at much lower costs then initial start up costs.
One of the first steps is to do a soil test and then apply P&K and lime to build soil nutrients to optimum levels. That should be done regardless of what crop is planted and the fertilizer mentioned above is just a general rule of thumb amount to get started (in regards to P&K or the 6-28-28)
The amount of fertilizer noted would be typical for a fair crop of corn or beans for instance and the cost varies year to year with unfortunately an upward trend. Right now bagged 6-28-28 is probably $17-20 a bag or 130-160 an acre.
urea is nitrogen...none needed for the clover and optional for the rye mix but imperative to a successful brassica planting. It is more expensive so 200#'s is probably $80 an acre?
Pel lime is $5-6 a bag
Brassica seed maybe $25 an acre?
The cereal mix rye $14-18, Jerry oats $10-15, peas $30-40, radish $15 and red clover $16-18?
White clover seed could run $20-45 an acre depending on variety and #'s per acre (6-10)
Once you build the initial nutrients to proper levels and begin tilling under legumes (or spraying and no-tilling into them) you will eventually need little if any added nitrogen.
The rye and radish plants pull up sub soil nutrients and eventually will significantly lower the need for synthetic P&K.
Since you are close to Keosauqua I recommend that you give Aaron Palm a call at Iowa-Missouri Hybrids at 641-919-1695
I purchase all my seed, fertilizer and lime needs from Aaron so he not only carries everything but is very knowledgeable and can answer all your questions regarding prices etc. Aaron is working on his own clover mix, he carries inoculate etc. so give him a shout and discuss your needs for 2013...tell him dbltree sent ya...