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Old 02-07-2019, 11:40 AM   #1
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Default I think I'm done with turnips

I just can't get the deer to eat them. Even on cold years like last year. Not worth the hassle.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:26 PM   #2
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Don’t give up on them, the deer will eventually eat them. The benefits they provide to your soil are worth it regardless of wether or not deer eat them
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:28 PM   #3
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Sooner or later the big bucks will turnip!
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:33 PM   #4
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I never had any luck with them either. I had my best success in food plots with clover and wheat.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:52 PM   #5
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I wont eat turnips either.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:54 PM   #6
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I just can't get the deer to eat them. Even on cold years like last year. Not worth the hassle.
Use a different type. Some Brassicas are bitter. Try radishes, sugar beets or some type of tuberless brassica such as Rape. They are sweet and very tasty, ask me how I know.
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Old 02-07-2019, 12:56 PM   #7
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Have you ever eaten turnips? Do you blame them? I am just messing. I too had trouble getting them to eat them, then one really cold day, I looked out my window of the house down to the foodplot that only had turnips left and a beautiful buck was solo down there mowing them down. He was the only deer I ever saw in them. I mostly have tried mixes and if turnips are in them, I will plant, if the mix doesnt have them, then I dont. Good luck.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:33 PM   #8
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To turnip, or not to turnip, that is the question !





I ain't ever had a deer, or even a hog, eat the tops or the tubers. Daikon radish for the win !
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:37 PM   #9
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Use a different type. Some Brassicas are bitter. Try radishes, sugar beets or some type of tuberless brassica such as Rape. They are sweet and very tasty, ask me how I know.
Not in the lease bit a farmer myself...but...is there really a type of turnip called...rape?

Edit: would Google to find out but on a work computer.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:41 PM   #10
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It's not always about food value. Turnips and other tuber plants are irreplaceable to SOIL nutrition, which in turn produces other preferred plants for deer. See Elgato and his thread, a year in the life of a farm.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:41 PM   #11
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Not in the lease bit a farmer myself...but...is there really a type of turnip called...rape?

Edit: would Google to find out but on a work computer.
No there isn't, but there is a Brassica that is called Rape. It has no turnip or tuber and it isn't bitter and deer love it.

Check out QDMA and its article on "Forage Rape for deer", it is also called Brassica Napus

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Old 02-08-2019, 03:52 PM   #12
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Donít give up on them, the deer will eventually eat them. The benefits they provide to your soil are worth it regardless of wether or not deer eat them
What are the benefits?
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:27 AM   #13
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What are the benefits?
In deep Winter sometimes that's the only thing that will grow and they are healthy food for the deer. A better benefit from greens/turnips is when you plow them under they are an excellent natural fertilizer. I plant a blend that has a Brassica in it and it is sweet to the taste, deer will eat it as soon as it comes out of the ground. Its scientific name is Brassica napus, aka Rape or Rapeseed. It is awesome choice for a plot.


This past Fall, the deer wiped it out of my plots, first time I had seen that.
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:49 AM   #14
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In deep Winter sometimes that's the only thing that will grow and they are healthy food for the deer. A better benefit from greens/turnips is when you plow them under they are an excellent natural fertilizer. I plant a blend that has a Brassica in it and it is sweet to the taste, deer will eat it as soon as it comes out of the ground. Its scientific name is Brassica napus, aka Rape or Rapeseed. It is awesome choice for a plot.


This past Fall, the deer wiped it out of my plots, first time I had seen that.
Where do you get this Calvin and how much it is?
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Old 02-09-2019, 09:57 AM   #15
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In deep Winter sometimes that's the only thing that will grow and they are healthy food for the deer. A better benefit from greens/turnips is when you plow them under they are an excellent natural fertilizer. I plant a blend that has a Brassica in it and it is sweet to the taste, deer will eat it as soon as it comes out of the ground. Its scientific name is Brassica napus, aka Rape or Rapeseed. It is awesome choice for a plot.


This past Fall, the deer wiped it out of my plots, first time I had seen that.
exactly

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Old 02-09-2019, 10:15 AM   #16
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Its some stuff called BuckBuster. You can order it online. I drive to Sulfur La to get it. They also have a Spring blend if I remember right.

If you want some when it comes time to plant for the Fall, just let me know and I will get you a bag or 3. The Regular cost $30 sumptin, Premium is around $40. 50# bags.
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Old 02-10-2019, 09:08 PM   #17
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I just can't get the deer to eat them. Even on cold years like last year. Not worth the hassle.
In my experience, itís got to be cold enough for the ground to freeze for a few days before they really get into them. 20s-10s at night with highs in the mid 30s or lower will soften them up.

My deer really start hitting them after we have conditions like that, typically late November-early December. Theyíre almost gone, now. No telling how much tonnage they produce for me.
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Old 02-11-2019, 02:59 PM   #18
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I agree. WOn't plant them again
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Old 02-13-2019, 11:18 AM   #19
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Man, my deer love turnips. But, I've been planting them for 10 years and they're used to them. Also put out Daikon radishes this year too. Deer seemed to like them also.
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Old 02-13-2019, 03:51 PM   #20
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I agree. WOn't plant them again
Don't be so quick to dump them. Lots of people use them. If you planted a Collared Green or Mustard Green then naturally they would not eat those as much since they are bitter.

Daikon Radishes, Sugar Beets, Rapeseed greens all are excellent choices. The Rapeseed is sweet, I have tasted them. The deer keep them ate down in all my plots, this year they completely eliminated them.

So don't be so quick to give up on them.
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Old Yesterday, 11:05 AM   #21
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Rape is a pain in the but to me. This year I planted only oats so I could spray and kill the volunteer crop of Rape that keeps coming up every year. Deer will hammer it if it gets cold enough, but don't touch it much before then. Meanwhile it chokes out everything else including the oats.
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[QUOTE=JeffK;13994817]Rape is a pain in the but to me. This year I planted only oats so I could spray and kill the volunteer crop of Rape that keeps coming up every year. Deer will hammer it if it gets cold enough, but don't touch it much before then. Meanwhile it chokes out everything else including the oats.[/QUOTE

Wow! I have never seen mine over 6" tall. Deer start eating it as soon as it sprouts. All I have in my plots now is Winter Wheat and some clover. Rapeseed has been gone since Nov.
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