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#2955005 - 09/24/12 08:51 AM My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment
Bayou Buck
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Due to not being able to find forage radishes this year I decided try sugar beets. I ended up buying a few bags of Biologic winter bulbs which is mainly sugar beets with a few turnips mixed in. I mixed in some more purple top turnips and some clover and wheat to maximize attraction.

Whether the deer eat them or not is still to be determined; however, I must say that I am very impressed with the rapid growth of the sugar beets. I have attached two photos of the same patch of beets from last weekend to this weekend. We have been lucky with getting timely rain and I am sure that has lots to do with the good growth. Hopefully we will get some good early freezes this year and this will be a hot spot in early December and great source of late winter food after the season.

Last week September 16



This weekend September 23



Here is a pic of part of the plot this past weekend.


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#2955013 - 09/24/12 08:56 AM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: Bayou Buck]
A.Hall
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Looks awesome!
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#2955019 - 09/24/12 08:59 AM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: A.Hall]
muddyboots
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Awesome. Ours look terrible.
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#2955034 - 09/24/12 09:07 AM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: muddyboots]
cdave89
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looks great
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#2955781 - 09/24/12 05:39 PM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: cdave89]
tn droptine
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Wow, those came up really well! Let us know what kind of browse you see on them
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#2955786 - 09/24/12 05:46 PM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: tn droptine]
smstone22
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Looks great
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#2955806 - 09/24/12 06:07 PM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: smstone22]
Andy S.
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#2957119 - 09/25/12 03:32 PM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: Andy S.]
Jarred525
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Make sure you put a exclusion cage on them. I am very interested in seeing how they do \:\) Thanks for sharing.
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#2957491 - 09/25/12 08:27 PM Re: My sugar beet/ winter bulbs experiment [Re: muddyboots]
DaveB
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Yes, awesome describes it. Could you share our planting process?
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