I've been getting steady browsing on the leaves ever since they emerged. Same with the turnips, ever since they formed. But lately, the deer are walking past clover, corn, and soybeans to get to the brassica, including turnips.
I have an extremely good mast crop. The deer have utilized the forage brassicas, but not wiped them out. The turnips have seen less usage but they are being eaten. I would guess that 60% of my greens are still there and 85% of my turnips are still available. If it hadn't been for the extremely wet fall conditions I think I would have a very robust brassica plots heading into late fall. For reference, I planted 4.5 acres of brassicas or mixtures this August.
my brassicas are shot , the deer hit 'em hard. they never got a chance to develop the beet, the deer stressed them out. inside my apple tree inclosures they're are 3-5'' beets where the deer cant get at them
First year for me.... For sure they hit the rape hard early, then began to hit the turnips. Not one root eaten that i could see today. Cant walk across the field without steppin on a good 3-6" root. Did notice a huge drop in forage after the last frost. Leaves turned a little yellow and they stopped eating them. Seem to be in the cover crops from the chopped corn. Barley? it looks like. Nice 3-4" shoots. Might try a strip of barley/rye/wheat for next year. Plant it about oct 1st, to peak now.