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#1113419 - 01/05/09 09:17 AM Black loredo soybeans
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi

Help me out guys,posted this on the other forum, but no responses yet.

On the new farm I bought (which actually has the only land with the potential for agriculture that I own), I was considering removing all the fescue and replacing it with timber, NWSG, and beans/corn...

Well, the farmer I rent the land to asked me to consider allowing him to plant black loredo beans for the purpose of cutting it for hay in August (leaving around 15 yards unharvested around the edges of the fields), then planting the center in winter wheat in October. He's reluctant to plant corn due to input costs and borderline yields, as well as the potential for aflatoxin and loss of potential sell (also which would be disasterous). I wasn't really gung-ho on the corn except for cover along the field borders.

Any ideas/suggestions about black loredo beans? Sounds like it may be perfect for what I want... great summer foods for the deer, great hay for the cattle, cover for rabbits/quail in the unharvested strips, and then winter cereal grains in the center of the fields for late season deer doe harvests.

Palatability for deer? Nutritional value for deer and other wildlife? Will the deer utilize the unharvested beans (small seed pods, much smaller than traditional yellow soybeans), how much benefit for the other game?

#1113542 - 01/05/09 10:35 AM Re: Black loredo soybeans [Re: megalomaniac]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

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Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

Deer absolute love Lerado soybeans. That used to be the only soybean I recommended for food plots. I liked them because they put more energy into leaf production than bean production. In addition, they can handle early browse pressure much better than oil-bean soybeans. Deer can nip them off early and the plant will put on new growth. Nip off an oil-bean soybean in the early stages and it is generally done.
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#1114317 - 01/05/09 04:55 PM Re: Black loredo soybeans [Re: BSK]
12 Point

Registered: 10/28/05
Posts: 5235
Loc: Mississippi


I think we may have a winner!

Quick way to provide cover, summer, then winter feed (after the wheat is planted) for the deer.

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