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#3409713 - 10/19/13 03:27 PM mowing plots
Triple Hill
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deer are not hitting plots yet. rye,wheat and oats. should I mow them?
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#3409759 - 10/19/13 04:18 PM Re: mowing plots [Re: Triple Hill]
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I wouldn't. The rapidly dropping soil temps will dramatically slow their growth over the next few weeks. Your deer are likely on other more preferred food sources at the moment.
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#3413124 - 10/22/13 03:21 AM Re: mowing plots [Re: Boll Weevil]
bbuck14
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 Originally Posted By: Boll Weevil
I wouldn't. The rapidly dropping soil temps will dramatically slow their growth over the next few weeks. Your deer are likely on other more preferred food sources at the moment.


Like Boll Weevil said.

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#3427895 - 10/30/13 04:18 PM Re: mowing plots [Re: bbuck14]
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Were you thinking of mowing them to stimulate new growth to attract the deer? If so, I'd not do that because as Boll Weevil said, the lowere temperatures will soon slow growth anwyay so that when the deer do start eating the plots they'll eat them down sooner if you mow.

I made a smilar mistake several years in a row with a patch of imperial clover that I would mow in late August. Invariably there would be dry weather rather than low temperatures right after mowing and the clover could never catch up with the deer again that year. Last year and this year I mowed earlier and the clover is keeping up with the deer a lot better.

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