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Old 11-19-2018, 01:42 PM   #1
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Part of my food plot this year included turnips. The turnips look great!

The deer don't seem to be eating them though. I thought I read on here that it takes a freeze to make them palatable. We had a freeze last week.

What is it going to take to get them to eat the turnips? I mean, I personally don't like turnips, but I've heard deer do.

Should I disc it and if so when?
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Old 11-19-2018, 01:44 PM   #2
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Just leave them alone and try again next year
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Old 11-19-2018, 01:47 PM   #3
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Give the native foliage time to disappear. Shouldn’t be long
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:03 PM   #4
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Some folks have told me that deer never eat the turnips they plant. I plant them along with Daikon radish. Deer will eat tops and roots of the radish and eat the turnip bulbs after a freeze. They will pull them out of the ground and take bites out of them.
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:21 PM   #5
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They’re on my turnips hard right now. We’ve had some nights in the teens and that sets them off. I have one 3 acre plot that is chock full of them.

I love greens and boiled turnips as well, so it’s a win win.
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:36 PM   #6
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Leave them. Deer will eat them.
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Old 11-19-2018, 09:40 PM   #7
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Leave them. Deer will eat them.
Experienced this last year, they will eat them when all else fails
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:01 PM   #8
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I hear they hit them after a good freeze.
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:10 PM   #9
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I have personally watched deer eat turnip greens several times. I would leave them.
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:14 PM   #10
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I planted some a few years ago and the deer never did touch them.
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:17 PM   #11
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Need a couple good freezes on them before the deer will hit them. It will happen.
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:35 PM   #12
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try putting a couple pans of cornbread out there with em. works for me
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:48 PM   #13
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It depends on natural food that is available...I would give it time and let the other foods get eaten....
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Old 11-20-2018, 12:55 PM   #14
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They eat the tops early but it was takes a few freezes after the bulb matures to make it sweet. They eat them at my place every year.
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Old 11-20-2018, 01:31 PM   #15
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Second year, nothing eating them yet, not even hogs.
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:02 PM   #16
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Need a couple of freezes.
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:43 PM   #17
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We had 3 consecutive nights below 30 last week. I think we will be getting more next week.

I also think next year I may just plant straight oats. Maybe. They did a pretty good job wiping out the oats and rye grass that was in the blend.
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Old 11-20-2018, 02:45 PM   #18
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if going through the trouble to plant, why not plant peanuts, soy and other protein rich beans, corn,,, etc...?
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Old 11-20-2018, 05:39 PM   #19
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Never could get the deer to eat them at our place in Burleson County.
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:12 PM   #20
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We had 3 consecutive nights below 30 last week. I think we will be getting more next week.

I also think next year I may just plant straight oats. Maybe. They did a pretty good job wiping out the oats and rye grass that was in the blend.


I've had really good luck just planting wheat and oats and mixing a little clover in.
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Old 11-20-2018, 07:21 PM   #21
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if going through the trouble to plant, why not plant peanuts, soy and other protein rich beans, corn,,, etc...?
Turnips, radishes are planted in the fall for cover crops. The plants you mentioned will not survive in the cold of winter. Turnips are also packed with protein.

Turnips and Radishes do several things, provide a food source, bust up the soil hard pan, create compost for the spring, prevent soil erosion and put nutrients back in the soil.
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Old 11-20-2018, 08:33 PM   #22
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Turnips, radishes are planted in the fall for cover crops. The plants you mentioned will not survive in the cold of winter. Turnips are also packed with protein.

Turnips and Radishes do several things, provide a food source, bust up the soil hard pan, create compost for the spring, prevent soil erosion and put nutrients back in the soil.
Iív waterfowl hunted up north, Missouri/Iowa in December/January and the fields we hunted in had beans/soy still on plants. Yes the plants were dead, but still there for the animals to eat. I see what youíre saying though...
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Old 11-26-2018, 10:27 PM   #23
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Little bit of green leafy goodness at our house! Me and the deer are eating good.

The bucks are really hitting them hard.
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Old 11-27-2018, 08:33 AM   #24
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Got another hard freeze this morning. Yes I'm getting pictures of some does.

So... how do I know when I can pick some turnips and which ones to cook in my house? Might as well, right?
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Old 11-27-2018, 11:35 AM   #25
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My deer wouldn't touch them even after 2-3 freezes. I will never plant them again
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:11 PM   #26
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Got another hard freeze this morning. Yes I'm getting pictures of some does.

So... how do I know when I can pick some turnips and which ones to cook in my house? Might as well, right?
I prefer to pull them around tennis ball/baseball size. You want firm ones, they get soft after the ground starts freezing.

Peel and cube them and boil with a little bacon grease, little salt, little sugar. One of my favorite fall treats!
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:15 PM   #27
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My deer wouldn't touch them even after 2-3 freezes. I will never plant them again
Iím surprised that they didnít browse the greens some, but honestly it probably doesnít get cold enough down there to freeze the ground and soften/sweeten the turnips themselves.

Theyíre just now starting to eat some of the turnips, here. In December when we get into the low 20s/teens at night more consistently, theyíll really hit them. Getting down to 30 for a few hours isnít going to freeze the ground.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:23 PM   #28
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Mine never came up
But my clover is doing swell
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:29 PM   #29
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Mine are coming up in the plot nicely, but we planted late due to all the rain delays. Never had an issue with my deer eating them, but it is always afer a freeze or two when everything else is dead or bitter tasting.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:37 PM   #30
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Once they get a good hard freeze the sugars start breaking down and the deer will start eating them.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:47 PM   #31
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Some folks have told me that deer never eat the turnips they plant. I plant them along with Daikon radish. Deer will eat tops and roots of the radish and eat the turnip bulbs after a freeze. They will pull them out of the ground and take bites out of them.
Daikon radish, yes. Turnips, no. My deer are food snobs. Can't say as I blame them, I don't like turnips either.
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Old 11-27-2018, 12:59 PM   #32
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if going through the trouble to plant, why not plant peanuts, soy and other protein rich beans, corn,,, etc...?
These turnips are more for northern areas. I mean they will eat them here but a lot of times it is after season is over before it gets cold enough. I would plant oats, wheat, vetch, clover or something like that before turnips in the south.
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:49 PM   #33
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Iív waterfowl hunted up north, Missouri/Iowa in December/January and the fields we hunted in had beans/soy still on plants. Yes the plants were dead, but still there for the animals to eat. I see what youíre saying though...
I think we can get them down here as well, but we would need to fence off the beans for them to make pods. If you don't fence them, you will have deer eating all of the beans before they can make pods.
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Old 11-27-2018, 08:56 PM   #34
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I planted an acre of daikon radish in north Texas several years ago as they were/ are the big thing up north. They came up great, probably one of the best plots that I have ever planted but the deer never touched them. I heard the same thing, wait until a good freeze and the deer will start hitting them. Long story short, it got below freezing many times and the deer never touched them. I ended up discing them up in early spring and never planted them again. I went back to wheat, oats and rye with clover and never looked back.
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:26 AM   #35
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I prefer to pull them around tennis ball/baseball size. You want firm ones, they get soft after the ground starts freezing.

Peel and cube them and boil with a little bacon grease, little salt, little sugar. One of my favorite fall treats!
Perfect. I personally don't care for turnips but I think I could cook them like that and be happy. My husband loves turnips.

I have tennis ball sized up to double softball size right now. If the deer don't eat them by the end of December, I'll disc them and let the hogs in. But that's my ulterior motive. Trap the hogs in the food plot.
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:35 AM   #36
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it usually doesn't get cold enough south of I10 to sweeten turnips up much. you need to get in the mid to low 20's
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:43 AM   #37
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They never ate mine! I had some huge turnips and an abundance at that. I don’t like onions and I guess my deer don’t like turnips.��

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Old 11-28-2018, 09:53 AM   #38
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I planted turnips and radishes together two years in a row, last year and the year before. We had temps down to 17 degrees last year. The deer never touched them. The crop looked fantastic. I even took a bunch home and we ate them but the deer wouldnít even get close.


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Old 11-28-2018, 10:01 AM   #39
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also think of it like this, if there is anything they think tastes better they'll go for it. like they quit coming in to feeders when we quit feeding protein and the acorns are falling. they'll eat the turnips when all else is gone.
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Old 11-29-2018, 08:01 AM   #40
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My deer have really hit the greens pretty good. Don’t think they have eaten the actual turnips yet. I even pulled some up and threw around the feeder, still there a month later.
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:22 PM   #41
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I have 1 of 6 plots that deer actually eat them. My east Texas deer won’t touch them for the most part. They are cheap to plant and offer another option so I add them but very low plant rate. They bust soul up good!
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Old 12-02-2018, 05:28 PM   #42
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One of turnip/Elbon rye patches.


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Old 12-02-2018, 05:30 PM   #43
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Daikon, Turnips and Elbon rye.


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Old 12-02-2018, 05:32 PM   #44
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I have one 1/2 acre plot of clover and radishes. Clover never makes it here in the summer.


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Old 12-02-2018, 05:51 PM   #46
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This my best plot so far, the army worms never got too it.


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Old 12-03-2018, 11:31 AM   #47
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Pulled about a dozen and put under the feeder. One week later, still there!
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:18 AM   #48
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Had minimal luck with them as deer forage.They grow and produce well..My dog loves the ..will dig and Eat like CANDY
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:34 AM   #49
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They eat the tops early but it was takes a few freezes after the bulb matures to make it sweet. They eat them at my place every year.
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Old 12-04-2018, 09:36 AM   #50
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Wait til those things rot in the spring. They will smell great!!
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