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#3555570 - 01/21/14 02:25 PM Brassica usage
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I noticed that the huge crop of volunteer brassicas I had in my plots got absolutely hammered by the deer during that last cold snap we had. Deer hadn't touched them until that point, and then they were gone in two weeks time right after the single digit temps.
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#3555618 - 01/21/14 03:04 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: BSK]
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Do you think it takes that kind of cold to get deer to eat them? I have never had any luck with any brassica. Although they grow great and the turnips and greens are mighty tasty the deer ignore them. I did not plant them this year.
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#3555629 - 01/21/14 03:11 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: timberjack86]
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This past weekend I saw evidence of deer eating my turnips...not the greens (because they're long gone) but the actual TURNIP. There's no way they'll eat them all as I planted a bunch (for me, family, neighbors, deer, and whoever else wanted a few purple-topped goodies).

Anyone else seen this...deer eating the turnip?

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#3555631 - 01/21/14 03:15 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: timberjack86]
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Mine in Morgan Co. were totally wiped out by Mid-Late October(1 acre of purple tops, radish, and rape). Mine at home ( 6 acres worth in different plots of the same mix) started getting usage on radish in November, and the rest of the mix in December mostly being gone by Decembers end except theres still some bulbs left on the PTT there but probably 75% gone. They will gnaw the bulbs right down to ground level and paw them up sometimes. I'll need more next year. I love it, because that mix is cheap and so easy to grow.
The first couple of years I had them at home, they received little to no usage but I kept planting and they have started using them more and more, it's like they learn its a good food source. In Morgan Co., different story, high deer density, not a lot of good food sources around, and they have always started wiping them out as soon as they get any size to them.
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#3555642 - 01/21/14 03:26 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
I love it, because that mix is cheap and so easy to grow.

You got that right...totally agree. It's my intent to plant even more going forward.

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#3555662 - 01/21/14 03:39 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: Boll Weevil]
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 Originally Posted By: Boll Weevil
This past weekend I saw evidence of deer eating my turnips...not the greens (because they're long gone) but the actual TURNIP. There's no way they'll eat them all as I planted a bunch (for me, family, neighbors, deer, and whoever else wanted a few purple-topped goodies).

Anyone else seen this...deer eating the turnip?


Back when I did a lot of experimenting with different bulb-producing brassicas, I would see deer digging them out of the ground by mid-winter.
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#3555665 - 01/21/14 03:41 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
The first couple of years I had them at home, they received little to no usage but I kept planting and they have started using them more and more, it's like they learn its a good food source.


Very common experience smstone22. I believe plants of this variety are so rarely encountered by deer that they have to "learn" they are edible. Usually takes a year or two in any given location.
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#3555725 - 01/21/14 04:26 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: smstone22
The first couple of years I had them at home, they received little to no usage but I kept planting and they have started using them more and more, it's like they learn its a good food source.


Very common experience smstone22. I believe plants of this variety are so rarely encountered by deer that they have to "learn" they are edible. Usually takes a year or two in any given location.

I've had a similar experience.
Brassicas now seem to be a preferred EARLY FALL food source in the areas I've been sowing for many consecutive years, while the deer hardly touched the brassicas before late winter in the first couple years. The deer seem to "develop" a taste for them.

My original intent was for the brassicas to provide late-winter forage when other good food sources would be low. That plan worked well the first couple years.

I may start planting more of the varieties with larger bulbous roots, since the roots seem to be less preferred and more likely to be available in January. I plant a diverse mix, but have previously preferred more greens and less roots.

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#3555869 - 01/21/14 05:53 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I may have to try them again.
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#3555874 - 01/21/14 05:59 PM Re: Brassica usage [Re: timberjack86]
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Our Rape, Maximum & Daikon Radishes have wiped out as well. There are still some Maximum & Rape turnips being dug up and eaten, however the cold weather has turned the radishes into mush.

I plan to plant more of the radishes this year as the deer started using them very early in fall. We tillered 20-30' strips in clover to plant them, and deer walked thru the clover to eat the greens.
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