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#3061669 - 12/03/12 05:51 PM Turnips !
southernhunter
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I got 2 acres of turnips , deer was using it back in bow season , I was told they would hammer them after the first frost , I haven't found that to be true . Looks like they have totally abandon them now , back to wheat , oats and grain rye next year .
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#3061869 - 12/03/12 07:24 PM Re: Turnips ! [Re: southernhunter]
RobbyW
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Registered: 09/19/11
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Loc: Dickson County TN

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Mine did the same thing. This was my first ever food plot. I have plants to my knees. I thought I had it perfect. There was light usage in bow season. Shot a big doe when I was setup 20 yards from the field on a path to it. Then nothing! This was going to be where I put my boy for his first deer in 5 years. He is 12 now and it's hard to get him to wake up and go. And now since we aren't seeing deer, it's hard to get him to go in the evenings. Afraid I may be losing my best hunting partner ever!
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#3061948 - 12/03/12 07:52 PM Re: Turnips ! [Re: RobbyW]
jar
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I planted about an acre of turnips mixed with clover last year, the deer didnt start eating my turnips until feb or march. The clover looks good with one mowing this fall and light fertilizer.
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#3062324 - 12/03/12 11:48 PM Re: Turnips ! [Re: jar]
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I had the turnips growing so well and thick several weeks ago it was un real. I thought what a waste of field and money. The deer were hammering the oats and last of the peas and just nipping at the turnips here and there. As soon as the first frost killed the peas the deer left the fields...two weeks later they returned and I had turnips being hit hard. They have about eatin all of the turnips I planted now. But the are hitting the wheat and oats hard again too so ???
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#3062402 - 12/04/12 05:26 AM Re: Turnips ! [Re: JA1234]
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I planted some last year and because of time and other things I just left them and they came back this year on there on. Is that normal? The deer did hit them last year but never touched the turnips themselfs,,,
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#3064739 - 12/05/12 01:24 PM Re: Turnips ! [Re: TrailWatcher]
treefarmer
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Registered: 07/11/11
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Loc: Humphreys County, TN

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Turnips will grow rapidly in the spring to about 2' tall and put on small yellow flowers. They will re-seed from that. I suggest you plant turnips with the grains, not just one or the other. Give them a few more weeks and let us know if they get eaten - I bet they do, which means you have a great late season food source!
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#3064746 - 12/05/12 01:31 PM Re: Turnips ! [Re: treefarmer]
southernhunter
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i hope your right . i fell to mention that it was a mix i planted but i think the turkeys got most of the wheat seed before it had a chance to grow.
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#3065434 - 12/05/12 09:00 PM Re: Turnips ! [Re: southernhunter]
tickweed
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Same here. Unbeliveable crop of turnips, rape, sugar beets, oats. Crossing them going to wheat.
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#3065435 - 12/05/12 09:00 PM Re: Turnips ! [Re: southernhunter]
tickweed
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Same here. Unbeliveable crop of turnips, rape, sugar beets, oats. Crossing them going to wheat.
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#3065665 - 12/06/12 06:51 AM Re: Turnips ! [Re: tickweed]
diamond hunter
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Im pretty sure turnips are just a preference thing.They eat the greens pretty good but wait on COLD stuff for the bulbs.I dont think they are done eating the acorns on my place but they are working on my rye grain and oats also. When I think of turnips,I think of Iowa and alot of snow and them digging around looking for a bite.
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