Since forage soybeans are highly preferred and grow slowly, a large field must be planted or an electric exclusion fence installed to keep deer off of it until it can tolerate browse pressure. 3 acres is minimum. In this video, I planted 2.5 acres in a region where beans are not grown. So, the deer had to discover they liked them. And, they are absolutely decimated. The corn was planted too late in the year due to spring rain preventing equipment access to the site, so it is no help. This would have worked out well if the corn had succeeded as it would pick up where the beans and brassicas left off.
If it works the way it is supposed to, you will have the most popular feed grounds in the neighborhood. But if Mr. Murphy shows up and you have a failure, spread forage oats and brassicaas. I once planted a bean plot of two acres and the beans never made it over 4 inches in height. I may try this again and use a bigger area and some e-fence around the tree stand I have in a big pine tree in the middle of the field.
If one has the time and the money, corn can be spread with a cyclone spreader once a week and deer can pick it up that way. Always feed close to bedding cover and out of the wind so that there is a positive gain in energy. Don’t bait deer out into the wind in subzero weather – they are better off lying still and keeping their core temperature up.
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