June 30th, 2014, 11:29 PM
Winter Food Plot
I live in VA and will be able to urban hunt through the winter. What would you plant if you had a 1/4 acre area?
July 1st, 2014, 12:16 AM
Beans! They are easy to grow and the deer will hammer them when the weather gets bad. Corn would be good to but it takes effort to grow.
July 1st, 2014, 08:24 AM
Probably soybeans. Quarter acre is kinda small for them but that is what I would try. It is not too late to get them in, but you need to do it real soon.
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July 2nd, 2014, 11:43 PM
Have you pulled a soil test?
How many deer are in the area?
What equipment do you have?
What type of soil do you have?
What are your goals?
What are the surrounding crops?
July 3rd, 2014, 01:21 AM
Cereal rye. It will stay green through the winter and will withstand browsing better than some other options in a plot that size.
July 3rd, 2014, 03:30 PM
there is spring rye and winter/ fall rye. Depending on temps and location, many places the regular rye will die off.
Everyone talks oats and ryes but nothing beats triticale on nutrition and as i'll demonstrate soon, tonnage. There is a reason why high producing dairymen are turning to triticale. I want to grow big and healthy deer so I want the best nutrition I can pack in every acre of ground planted.
July 3rd, 2014, 07:12 PM
I can't recommend triticale myself because I don't have personal experience with it, although I'm planning on trying it this fall based upon the recommendation of the place I normally buy my clover, rye, and oats from. I assume it will be easy enough to grow, but I'm curious about deer preference and utilization.
July 4th, 2014, 12:39 AM
No, I haven't done a soil test.
Originally Posted by nutritionist
I have seen 20 deer at one time.
I have a tiller and it gets at least 6hrs of sunlight.
It's in a low lying area that has good moisture.
I would like to have something to attract them to the area. I have counted 3 red oaks that are within 50yds of the area I want to plant.
This area is in a urban setting with houses within 200yds and the deer don't have any other crops.
July 4th, 2014, 12:52 AM
Shut off the computer and go put some soy beans in lol!
July 5th, 2014, 02:14 AM
How is their appetite for it? Spinach is good for me but I can't stand it!
Originally Posted by nutritionist
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August 1st, 2014, 03:53 PM
This was taken today!
August 1st, 2014, 07:22 PM
August 11th, 2014, 12:33 AM
Would beans really be a good "winter" crop? They will die out by winter. Soybeans are a great bowseason crop. Deer hammer corn, oats and certain types of brassicas that mature after frost
August 12th, 2014, 10:28 PM
beans if they make pods, and if the deer haven't consummed them by gun season, can be a crop. But forage beans once you get killing frosts, will start dropping leaves.
August 17th, 2014, 10:28 AM
This was taken on Friday.
August 18th, 2014, 10:07 PM
So can you just pick up triticale at any old farm and feed store? Order online only?
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August 19th, 2014, 02:53 PM
this easy to grow in less than ideal soils, just make sure to get it in the ground 1-2"
Originally Posted by JC-XT
while your at it, add oats, clover and groundhog radish to it as well... food all year long and will build your soil quality up
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August 19th, 2014, 06:56 PM
Thanks for all of the responses on the crop!
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