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Old 10-08-2017, 09:55 PM   #1
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Default How tall do oats and wheat grow?

In areas with pretty high deer density, how tall will oats and wheat get in the springtime when mixed in fall plots?
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:58 PM   #2
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Oats can get almost 4 feet, wheat maybe 3.
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Old 10-08-2017, 09:59 PM   #3
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depends entirely on the size of the "plot". if its very big the deer cant keep up with it and it will grow to 36" or so. if its too small, they will eat it to the dirt and if wont grow at all.....
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:00 PM   #4
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How much rain/water will they get? Fertilizer? They might get 3-4' tall, and they might be dead by spring. Just depends.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:09 PM   #5
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It’ll be about 2.5 acres in central Texas. No irrigation. Properly fertilized. Lots of deer, not many other food plots around.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:12 PM   #6
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There's still no way to know for sure. You never know how much rain you'll get. Hopefully you'll get enough to allow the crop to grow faster than the deer are eating it. That's farming.....
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:17 PM   #7
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When things green up and deer stop living there,
2-3' and will head out in my hog proof plot.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:18 PM   #8
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Based on what you're describing you'll be lucky to see 4" during the hunting season. I typically plant 8 acres in a relatively low density area and it looks like a putting green all season. They'll stop eating it in the spring and it'll grow taller and die out. You can always fence out a small 2x2 area and see what it'd do without animals grazing it down.
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Old 10-08-2017, 10:22 PM   #9
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I've never had any oats (several varieties) get taller than 2 1/2 feet in the spring. If you are wanting a tall growing cereal grain look no further than elbon rye. The top of my tractor cowling is 4 feet tall.



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Old 10-09-2017, 05:44 AM   #10
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Actually I’d rather not have it grow super tall. So wheat would probably be shorter than oats?
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Old 10-09-2017, 06:17 AM   #11
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I have had to shred oats in Dec in really wet years when it grows to fast/tall and deer are not able to keep up with it. The deer like the new growth after shredding it.
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