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Old 09-03-2008, 12:52 PM
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turnips. I'm going to plant a couple of plots this year with wheat, crimson clover and turnips.
Any experience or opinions on which is best for deer? Most of the soil will be sandy loam or just sandy land. PH's are 5.8-6.5
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Old 09-03-2008, 01:39 PM
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I've always planted the purple tops. Never tried the others because it wasn't broke. Plant a few of both and see what they like best.
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Old 09-03-2008, 07:51 PM
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I may be wrong, but I think the 7 tops don't have a bulb like the purple tops.
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Old 09-03-2008, 10:22 PM
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i am gonna say that deer would probably eat the P.T. turnips better than the other.
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Old 09-04-2008, 12:15 AM
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But, my soil is a sandy loam with a ph of 6.9 that was tested by my agronomist. I plant the PT turnips and the deer devour them and all that is left are bulbs in the ground. They are supposed to wait until the frost but they don't. I am know hoping and praying for a little rain so I can plant a little more before season. But it is very dry in this area!

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Old 09-04-2008, 09:47 AM
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I usually plant a mix including PT's, 7 T's, and DER. Deer seemed to hit the DER first then the others, with the PT bulbs lasting into snow time around here.
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Old 09-04-2008, 09:56 AM
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I usually plant a mix including PT's, 7 T's, and DER. Deer seemed to hit the DER first then the others, with the PT bulbs lasting into snow time around here.

I have had great success with exactly that. As a matter of fact I have 1 plot layered with DER no tilled a month ago and PTT, 7Ts, with WW right before this tropical depression. The deer are just starting to munch on the DER but have a TON of browse plus ag fields all around. As soon as they are harvested (beans and corn) my plots should be hot news as usual.
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Old 09-04-2008, 10:22 AM
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If you want more forage go with the 7 tops but if you want a moderate amount of forage with the added nutrition of the turnip then use the PT's.
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Old 09-04-2008, 03:50 PM
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I've heard variety is desirable in brssica plantings, so I always mix several commercial brands.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:31 AM
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I planted 75% PT and 25% 7 top thinking they might eat the turnip greens but so far not touching them. I have had deer come into my yard and eat PT turnips left in the garden in the winter and had never planted them for a food plot before this year. Next time I plant it will be 100% PT. Pt will give you the turnip for the deer to eat for a high protein winter food where a 7 top turnip is a forage turnip. If your deer will eat the greens early then I would plant a mix but if they are after the root go with PT as 7 top will not make much of a root.
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Old 09-07-2008, 08:33 AM
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My hunting club is in Craigford, AL. I will be planting the same mixture. 50# wheat, 35# bob oats, 15# crimson clover. I mix 1# of brassicas at each plot. Last year I bought a 10# bag of Green Patch Plus and used it as my brassica and it worked out well. It is hard to beat this mixture for a food plot in Alabama. I will be planting next weekend. Do not forget to use Delt Ag's Seed Coat in case the rain slows down and especially on sandy soil.
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Old 09-07-2008, 09:04 PM
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Sandy soil in Montgomery? I was born and raised in Prattville and running that front tined tiller was like trying to chop through concrete at times! Anyway, it is my opinion that deer eat the greens more than the actual roots. It just does not get cold enough down here. I would go with the 7 top. IE I never saw any of my turnips uprooted last year and I have hogs out the wazoo!
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