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As you start out, keep in mind that this is a slow process. Enjoy each aspect of it. The tools of the trade can be simple or over the top. Presently, I am somewhere in between. My grandpa was a farmer and had all the “stuff”. But I am not farming hundreds of acres. I am farming a total of 6 acres in five locations in the woods for 10 years. In the photo at right, left to right, you can see--
I started with a hand-held spreader for fertilizer and seed, and a reversible drag for harrowing - to deep harrow before planting, and then shallow harrow to get seeds into the soil.
This year I may be buying a girl-sized tractor, and it’s nearly for sure I will buy a one-row planter for corn and beans. I have been doing my own food plots alone and if I can do it, any of you ladies can do it. The three basics you really need most to do a food plot effectively are--
You can effectively plant a small plot with just these basic tools. A reversible drag harrow costs $150 or less at an implement dealer.
The fourth thing on your “must-have” list is a flip-over disk for the ATV. These range from $500 to $800. Just Google “flip-over disk” to find them.
An ATV cart/trailer is helpful to lug chain saws, seed, tools, spreader, supplies, etc. to and from your plots.
The seed spread runs less than $100 at farm stores. Right now I have all the things in the photo, plus I bought a 16 gallon ATV mounted sprayer ($135) this year and have that tractor and one-row planter on my wish list. Farming food plots a great for fitness too! Next column will be “picking sites to plant and preparing them”.
Next: Sites—Selecting and Prepping
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