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Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Washington County PA
Power lines are excellent places to put food plots. For a few years we did clover and corn as food plots very successfully. Our limited experience with turnips did not go well as we put them out and the turnips did very well; however, the deer did not feed on them well. I am told the first year the deer are not familiar with turnips and they don't hit them very well. Perhaps this is true we put out about an acre and almost every one was still in the ground the next spring. We even dug a few up in an attempt to encourage the deer to sample.
I believe this was true with our experience with corn. There is no corn within a deers normal travel area from out plot and consequently, we put out 2 acres of corn early and it produced very well so the coons, groundhogs and crows thought. However, in the Spring we gathered several bushels of corn and brush hogged the remained so we could plant the following year. We planted back the 2 acres of corn again plus an additional plots of 1 acre and 2 acres within 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile and the deer with the help of some other critters devoured the corn; whereas, by the end of January we could not find one ear of corn in any of the patches, the stalks were beaten down lots of deer tracks and many bed downs in the closest cover to the corn plots.
I am no farmer I believe 15-15-15 will work, but for a small fee Penn State will test soil samples you can gather and they will advice the best fertilizer, lime and amounts to use. I believe tilling the plot will loosen the soil to promote growth and the size of the turnips.
Good luck. However if they don't do well the first year you might want to change from turnips or on the other hand perhaps they might be true magnets the second year or even the first?