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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-30-2018, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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First year planting brassica's on my property. I've read that I shouldn't expect deer to start utilizing it until after the first frost. I've yet to see any deer feeding on it, and not many trail cam pics. As you can tell from the pictures it's nearly 3' tall, and the radish's and turnips are huge. When can I expect the deer to start hitting it? Winter maybe?
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Once their primary food source diminishes tthey will hit it...Acorns leaves,etc keeps them fed now..I would go for a bowl of those purple tops, mashed with butter , right now..
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Once their primary food source diminishes tthey will hit it...Acorns leaves,etc keeps them fed now..I would go for a bowl of those purple tops, mashed with butter , right now..
Uck! You must be hungry?
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Uck! You must be hungry?


I love turnips, mashed like potatoes, smeared with a little butter...
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Brassicas are a bit of a mystery sometimes. One buddy - his plots are the only show in town, with only some grass hay fields nearby - cannot even get his established...the deer eat them as soon as they start growing. He has had to mix in oats and rye so he does not end up with a dirt plot by rifle season.

Another buddy in a high deer density area - the deer start eating them right away as well....but again, no crop fields nearby to speak of.

We have planted them on the edge of a field on a dairy farm, fairly high deer density....the plot looked beautiful, huge green leaves and bulbs the size of baseballs and softballs. The deer never touched them, even through the winter.

At our cabin property, the deer eat them....but it's usually late December, January, and February. I have some pics of them digging through the snow to get to them.

And sometimes it takes the deer a few years to figure out what they are....and then they start hitting the plots pretty good once it gets cold and a lot of other food is long gone.

The greens become more tasty to the deer after the frost....most times the deer don't hit the bulbs until the middle of winter.
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I love turnips, mashed like potatoes, smeared with a little butter...
Must be an old farmer thing....my Dad will pick a few while we are hunting bunnies in the winter and munch on them, despite a huge spread of food we have for bunny camp!

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My plots looked like that for 2-3 years. Now like above said hard to get established even planting Big and Beasty seed

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Talked to a buddy tonight, his turnips did not do well this year, has lots of greens but no turnips due to a wet late summer and fall
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I'm only going to give them one year. If the deer don't touch them I'll go back to cereal grains.
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I'm only going to give them one year. If the deer don't touch them I'll go back to cereal grains.
Hopefully you are pleasantly surprised once mid-winter hits. I ain't taking any bets on it though....cuz I have see both sides of that coin.

I would recommend keeping at least a small strip of them going every year....because once the deer figure them out, they are a great, cheap late fall/winter food plot.
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