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Old 02-28-2017, 08:16 AM   #1
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There was quite a bit of talk on sunn hemp the last couple of years and some of y'all were giving it a try. How did it turn out for y'all?
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:21 PM   #2
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I planted some in a blend I made at our lampasas place. I was thinking it would get a little taller, but the deer hit it hard and then it stopped raining and it never got much more than a foot tall. The deer definitely eat it well, I was hoping to use it more as a soil builder, but I don't think that concept would work at our place without irrigation or exclusion fences to keep the deer out of the plots. We have a really high deer density.

This is how it looked in one of my plots on April 30 last year:

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Old 03-01-2017, 02:28 PM   #3
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686 How many acres did you plant?
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Old 03-01-2017, 04:29 PM   #4
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Elgato had a picture with his growing over his buggy


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Old 03-01-2017, 07:42 PM   #5
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686 How many acres did you plant?
I planted about 4 acres on our 200 ac low fence place in Lampasas. Sunn Hemp is a tropical plant, (from Hawaii), which is one reason why it does great at Elgato's place in LA (more quantity and consistency of rain than central Texas).

Dr. Deer says spring deer plots west of I-35 are a lot harder to get good results on vs. east Texas, and I agree. Fall/Winter plots are where we can get some good return on the dollar invested west of I-35.

I planted about 10 acres of fall plots in September, and about 8 acres of the 10 is doing great. Instead of trying to spray/disk those plots and plant them for spring, I think I'll just let them go to seed and I'll plant spring dove mix on about 6 acres of other open area.
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Old 03-02-2017, 11:18 PM   #6
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I tried it last year, was pretty underwhelmed. It grew ok but it was last choice for the deer imo.


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Old 03-07-2017, 11:31 PM   #7
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Last year, I planted about 2 acres of it specifically to see if it could withstand the grazing pressure of my local herd. Normally I/C peas or anything with a growing point above the ground would be killed if only 2 acres on my plots. It grew well and the deer hit it hard. My exclusion plots showed a differential of about 3-4 ft by September, so I know the deer were getting their fair share. The results were conclusive for me to plan on planting about 8 acres over 2 plots this year. I already have my seeds in the garage to plant.
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Old 03-08-2017, 10:51 AM   #8
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I've planted some the last 2 years. My deer ate on it the first year pretty good and absolutely hammered it last year. I plan on planting more acres this year. All of mine is non irrigated and it did well with some timely rains.
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Old 03-08-2017, 01:46 PM   #9
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Looks like I will have to give it a try.
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Old 03-08-2017, 03:19 PM   #10
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I tried it last year on 1 acre. Planted mid April in north Texas. Took quite a while to germinate. I think it needs pretty warm soil temp before growing.

It was a thin crop about 3' in height, but the deer browsed it pretty hard thru October.

Will be trying again this year, but will plant May 1st at double the rate.
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Old 03-08-2017, 04:40 PM   #11
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What rate are y'all planting it at?
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Old 03-11-2017, 10:20 PM   #12
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Planted Sunn hemp a couple of years ago and had great success with it . Same as all food plots , needs rain to make it go. Last year , no rain, not good results. Here is a pic , with good moisture . The deer hammered it once it got established.
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Old 09-11-2019, 03:41 AM   #13
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I planted some in a blend I made at our lampasas place. I was thinking it would get a little taller, but the deer hit it hard and then it stopped raining and it never got much more than a foot tall. The deer definitely eat it well, I was hoping to use it more as a soil builder, but I don't think that concept would work at our place without irrigation or exclusion fences to keep the deer out of the plots. We have a really high deer density.

This is how it looked in one of my plots on April 30 last year:

Quite interesting, is it still possible?
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:07 AM   #14
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I planted it this year (was in PowerPlant mix). It grew to over 6’ tall and the deer never touched it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:13 AM   #15
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I been planting it, it has several benefits. It is a soil builder and will grow anywhere on my place. Deer will graze it till I shred it. It is still growing right now and over 8 ft tall, very hardy plant.

The deer never touched it the first year, but I guess they figured it out cause they will strip the leaves off of as high there neck will stretch.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:14 AM   #16
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I planted it this year (was in PowerPlant mix). It grew to over 6 tall and the deer never touched it.
Dont give up on it.
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Old 09-11-2019, 07:41 AM   #17
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I'm a big fan of sunn hemp and plant it every year in every summer plot sometimes in mixes and sometimes alone depending on what I'm trying to accomplish.Granted it may take deer a year to adjust to it but thats true with many things.Also sunn hemp grows so vigorously it can be hard to tell if deer are eating it. I see browsing not only on the growing tips but leaves as well.

Great for the soil. Great for deer. Easy to grow. Goog combo. Here is a pic out of the tractor of a plot I terminated in early August that had been growing less than 3 1/2 months .


Well...pics aren't posting for some reason this morning. Hemp was 8-10' tall
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:09 AM   #18
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Planted Sunn hemp a couple of years ago and had great success with it . Same as all food plots , needs rain to make it go. Last year , no rain, not good results. Here is a pic , with good moisture . The deer hammered it once it got established.
The result is impressing! I tried to cultivate weed indoors (for personal cbd vape ), even ordered expensive seeds and special leds from Canada, but the result was very poor huh, I envy people who can cultivate something by themselves.
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:23 AM   #19
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On elgato’s advice I tried it year before last in Trinity Co. The combination of high deer density and the lack of moisture doomed it at about two weeks in. The deer had started to browse it a little but when it stopped raining, the hemp stopped growing. I will try it again next year somewhere, this year buckwheat was my soil builder of choice.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:44 PM   #20
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I also planted the power plant mix a couple of years ago and we got decent rains. Probably the tallest that I have ever had a food plot grow in my clay soils (8-10 ft tall). It was like a jungle and I actually mowed a lane in it to funnel the deer where I wanted them. Although it had probably the greatest amount of forage production of any plot that I have ever planted, the deer seemed more interested in the peas in the mix than the sun hemp. I went back to a straight bean mix the following year.
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