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#3083160 - 12/17/12 09:06 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
Bayou Buck
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good


It does you more good than you think. You are providing a quality food source during a time when other food sources are very limited.

You might want to try broadcasting some brassicas into your beans in the fall that way you have the best of both worlds.

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#3083189 - 12/17/12 09:23 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Bayou Buck]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: Bayou Buck
 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good


It does you more good than you think. You are providing a quality food source during a time when other food sources are very limited.

You might want to try broadcasting some brassicas into your beans in the fall that way you have the best of both worlds.


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That was my point.
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#3083340 - 12/17/12 11:11 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: diamond hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: diamond hunter
Rye grain,oats,clover, Austrian winter peas mixed makes a great crop.And its cheap and super easy.


I've seen that mix do well also.

The "success" of a food plot (in terms of deer seen eating on it in daylight hours of hunting season) is pretty variable for me. Mostly because of fluctuations in mast crops in the areas surrounding the plots, and in terms of rainfall quality during the growth stage of the plot (amongst other things I'm probably not thinking about).

Also, the guys I've hunted with have never fertilized the land that is planted. It's on good soil in Hardeman County along a small creek bottom, but that doesn't mean that it wouldn't benefit from it. It's just so far off the road that broadcasting lime (or anything else) never makes the to-do list. That would change if I were the only one hunting the property, but it's my second (or third) choice of places to go.

All that said, soil quality might also affect the success of a given crop in a given area.
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#3083365 - 12/17/12 11:32 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Crosshairy]
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Deer are genetically driven to seek out high-energy foods at this time of year. If deer are subsisting heavily on soybeans at this time of year, their diet is lacking in what the most need. I would consider heavy utilization of soybeans at this time of year to be a negative indicator.
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#3083378 - 12/17/12 11:39 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BlountArrow]
Roost 1
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
...Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good....


How is it that does you no good?


Deer season closes middle of January...
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#3083387 - 12/17/12 11:44 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
BlountArrow
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
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...Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good....


How is it that does you no good?


Deer season closes middle of January...


Ah, well there are other reasons to plant food plots you know.
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#3083392 - 12/17/12 11:52 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Deer are genetically driven to seek out high-energy foods at this time of year. If deer are subsisting heavily on soybeans at this time of year, their diet is lacking in what the most need. I would consider heavy utilization of soybeans at this time of year to be a negative indicator.


Well I am not a biologist but the plots are there for their choosing... I am not sure what their diets needs at this time but I can tell you what they are preferring to eat......I want my plots utilized during season so I can hunt over them and for the second year in a row the brassicas are not being touched. Not only on my place but I kno others who are having same results as I am... Just so you kno my place 120 acres with 25 acres row crop(10 corn 15 beans this year) I have 6 foodplots they vary in size from 1/4-1+ acre in size... Prolly 20 aces grass fields rest is woods select cut last yr....not sure what else they need in their diet... Any suggestions are welcome.
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#3083394 - 12/17/12 11:55 AM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BlountArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
...Now come Feb the brassicas will be tore up but that does me no good....


How is it that does you no good?


Deer season closes middle of January...


Ah, well there are other reasons to plant food plots you know.


Guess I need to figure what to put in my harvest plots....since that is my goal.
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#3083415 - 12/17/12 12:16 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: Roost 1]
BlountArrow
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Yep, it sounds like you need to do a little experimenting and see what the deer are liking between September and January and get that in your food plots. That will be different everywhere and depend on a lot of factors. At least you know for your area not to plant brassicas so there's your starting point.
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#3083427 - 12/17/12 12:23 PM Re: Standing beans. [Re: BlountArrow]
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My deer consider coyote poop above brassicas. \:\)

I like to go with a blend anyway for most of my food plots. That way the deer are a lot more likely to like at least one plant in the mix and possibly discover a new food they aren't familiar with while browsing the ones they already know.

I've seen soybeans planted around the area for years and there are always a few left standing in corners and such. I have never noticed deer eating the beans themselves at any time in the Winter. Guess we have plenty of other, more prefered food around.


Edited by Hunter 257W (12/17/12 12:26 PM)

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