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#2980728 - 10/14/12 09:55 AM Like turnips/radish much?
smstone22
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These deer sure do. I hadnt had any plots cleared on this place until this year, and just put in a "test" plot of around 1/4 acre of turnip/radish mix. On my other place it took the deer a few years to begin using turnips/radish mix very much and then its not til later like Decemberish. This purple top, seven top, radish mix was about 18-24 inches high on average just last weekend. We had a frost or two last week and 3 days later the 1/4 acre of brassica looks like this. Guess I really should have planted the whole field in them.
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#2980744 - 10/14/12 10:16 AM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: smstone22]
AndyW
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#2980749 - 10/14/12 10:21 AM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: AndyW]
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That looks really good.
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#2980814 - 10/14/12 11:23 AM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: Football Hunter]
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I did the purple and seven but no radishes I'll have to add that to the mix...
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#2981031 - 10/14/12 02:29 PM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: Hollar Hunter]
Southern Sportsman
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The past 4 years I've grown purple top turnips and have had some great looking plots, but to my knowledge, they weren't touched by deer. They just got huge, rabbits ate to the tops of them, we cut some greens for our own use, and I bushhoged down the tall stems the next spring. I've quit planting them now.
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#2981115 - 10/14/12 03:34 PM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: Southern Sportsman]
Bayou Buck
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Like to see that. I hope these early frosts get the deer using mine more often. Plan on sitting over my turnip and beet plot for juvenile with my nephew.
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#2981136 - 10/14/12 03:46 PM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: Bayou Buck]
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I never cease to be amazed how deer will go crazy over a particular plant in one spot and not touch it in another. And I've seen this with the same plant in different plots on the same property. I suspect differences in soil type/composition are the reason.
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#2981144 - 10/14/12 03:54 PM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: BSK]
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I figured our deer were just picky. The turnips were planted down the edge of a fairly large clover plot. There is a 5 acre corn field just a few hundred yards away which we flood for ducks, about an acre of beans equally close, and plenty of acorns. I figured they just never got hungry enough to try something new. But I have seen turnip plots in other places that looked like a mine field from deer digging.
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#2981175 - 10/14/12 04:25 PM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
I figured they just never got hungry enough to try something new. But I have seen turnip plots in other places that looked like a mine field from deer digging.


Honestly, I've seen deer wear out a particular plant in one plot and not touch it in a plot 1/4 mile away. A real head-scratcher...
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#2981184 - 10/14/12 04:33 PM Re: Like turnips/radish much? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Southern Sportsman
I figured they just never got hungry enough to try something new. But I have seen turnip plots in other places that looked like a mine field from deer digging.


Honestly, I've seen deer wear out a particular plant in one plot and not touch it in a plot 1/4 mile away. A real head-scratcher...
Proximity to cover maybe?
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