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Turnips vs beets
Posted: 20 February 2014 07:55 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am a very inexperienced food plotter, but I have heard good things about turnips.  What gives the best bang for your buck, turnips or beets?  The only thing I know is both aren’t too productive on attracting deer until late season after a couple of good frosts, which is fine with me.  Anyone with good info such as time of year to plant, if they can survive without constant direct sunlight, or a good link, that would be great.

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Posted: 20 February 2014 10:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Check out Kevin’s blog here on Heartlands FOOD PLOTTING - July 2013 - He gives some great info on all kinds of food plotting including turnips.  I planted turnips a couple of times in late August, they came in great, but the deer by me never really touched them, not sure why as I hear others say they hit them hard Late season and January.

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Posted: 20 February 2014 10:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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In my experience it seems like it takes a year or two for the deer to get used to brassicas, but they can be a great attractant. Personally I prefer the brassica blends such as Whitetail Institute Wintergreens or Frigid Forage Big & Beasty, that way the plot has more variety. Brassicas are great for plots too small for corn/beans or for broadcasting over a standing bean plot that deer hammered during the summer.

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Posted: 20 February 2014 11:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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We’ve planted turnips in a very small plot and they grow very well. In fact, we regularly pluck a few from our food plot and have them for dinner or as a snack (it’s an acquired taste, but I’ve come to enjoy it). The deer don’t really notice the plot until after 2nd shotgun season. But then it almost becomes a daily turnip-eating contest.  We’ve never tried beets, mostly because we’ve started with good success with turnips and haven’t looked back.

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Posted: 21 February 2014 07:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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I plant turnips each year.  They are easy to grow, require little attention and deer love them.

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Posted: 21 February 2014 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Thanks for the responses guys.  I am planning on trying turnips in a small area.  What seeds were best?

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Posted: 21 February 2014 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Tons of information about food plotting and wildlife habitat can be found here.

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Posted: 21 February 2014 06:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Just to put a different thought in this forum… We have planted a blend of turnips, beets, and not sure what else was in the mix to see what the deer liked the best. Even tried different company’s. The answer for us is they didn’t touch any of it. Our family literally ate the most for dinner than the deer did during all of the seasons that we planted them. For our area we like clover and oats in small areas. That seems to be what they will walk out of their way to go and eat. A positive with the brassicas is that it is great on adding dead material into the soil. It is a great fertilizer for something else that you want to plant. Anyway just my experience.

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Posted: 24 February 2014 08:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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In my experience, if there are beans or corn around, the deer will trample through the turnips and never look down on their way to standing beans or corn. So I stopped messing with anything in my food plots except corn or beans. I usually try to put in one of each pretty close together. But if you only have a small area for a plot, turnips do come up good and are an excellent way to get an extra attractant in the area, just depends on what alternative food sources your deer have around them.

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