Last year I plan to turnips in a food plots that was about a quarter of an acre. They did pretty well. The deer pretty much left it alone until mid to late October. Then they were in there every day. They ate all the leaves to the ground in a matter of a week or two. I was talking to a buddy who has a farm. He said certain plants and weeds are bitter to animals, and then they develop a sweetness and they will be desirable to the animals. Iím thinking this is what happened to the turnips, but Iím not sure. Is there anything specific that triggers this?
In the fall colder temps and longer nights cause the starches in the plant to turn to sugar. Deer usually won't touch turnip greens until after the first frost. The bulbs they generally won't bother with until winter, and has been my experience that some times may not even bother with the bulbs. But they always seem interested in the autumn greens.