Green beans food plot

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  1. cedar creek

    cedar creek 8 pointer

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    For you diehard budget buck hunters I would recommend tilling a spot and planting green beans , they burned my garden up ate them all down to the ground lol, green beans cheap to buy and easy to grow
     
  2. ddwhitetails

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    Hmmmmm.....thats an idea right there!!!! thanks for sharing!!
     
  3. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    Deer like them even better if you plant the green beans, etc. with intentions of making a mortgage payment with the profit from the crop.
     
  4. cedar creek

    cedar creek 8 pointer

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    Ha ha ha, crop insurance fraud never happens what you talking about lol, these were bush beans in my vegetable garden getting ate up by the backyard does
     
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  5. cedar creek

    cedar creek 8 pointer

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    I love hunting over soybeans in the September early seson, farmers get all upset but the deer only eat the edges, they don’t destroy like they tell everyone
     
  6. Coot_Meurer

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    Deer do love beans - but their is nothing "budget" minded about it.

    Pound of beans at store is $1

    Bag of seed soybeans is $35 for 50 pounds

    Bushel (60 pounds) of bin run soybeans from local farmer is $10-15
     
  7. Iceman35

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    How far out does the "edge" go?

    Walk a 50 acre field in a grid pattern. Deer will eat up far more than the edges of soybeans. The edges might have more damage overall, but they'll eat off the whole field.
     
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  8. luvtohunt

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    I've seen nearly every top eat off of the 13 acres I hunt yearly. Sure it starts on the outside edges but as time progresses, every top eaten off. I'm guessing that is detrimental to the growth of the beans and hence the reason farmers complain. Like others here, beans is a go to for me in September.
     
  9. beauhunter41031

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    I like the idea, I wonder if they would have enough time to grow or would get picked off when they were only a couple inches tall, couldn't hurt anything I might do experiment, and as far my beanfields on the farm I still average at least 65 bushel/acre, I had 80 bushel beans one year and the deer were thick I'm not saying they don't destroy anything but not noticeable in my overall Yields at least in my area
     
  10. Iceman35

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    It's hard to estimate what damage deer do to the yield. I know years back Indiana tried to do a study on how much they affected yield per acre on various crops. A various number of factors contribute to it I suppose, but one thing that's hard to pin down is what the yield would have been without deer present. Without high fencing off half a field and doing a comparison, its hard to say.

    I do know my dad and uncle, with the new combine that figures bushels per acre AS you're harvesting see a drop in yield around the edges, even on edges that don't have trees to sap the light and moisture, but enough cover for deer to travel.
     
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  11. barney

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    I overheard an ag teacher tell a student once that deer didn't hurt sweet potatoes by eating the vines, because the crop was underground and untouched. He went on to tell the kid repeated browsing by deer would actually make better potatoes because the plant would put all its energy in potato production instead of the vines. I wanted to march across the room and slap his ag degree out of his face!
     
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  12. Cornpile

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    we tried beans and corn for two yrs,deer mowed it off soon as it got 3 or 4 inches tall.We
    just stuck with winter wheat after that,they mowed it to the ground. It kept coming back up though
    and deer love it.
     
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  13. xbokilla

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    All woods no fields, can’t relate to anything said here. Y’all make it sound almost too easy for us who struggle to see deer some outings. I will say, I had heard deer didn’t like tomatoes due to the acidity but a friend showed me deer eating his hanging tomatoes as fast as he could grow them and they went straight for the tomato, not the vine.
     
  14. Iceman35

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    And for every scientific study, there's another that completely "proves" the opposite to be true.

    http://ohiojournalofscience.org/article/viewFile/4750/4110

    I don't know which is correct. The Ohio study claims a 74% increase in yield of the caged plants.

    I'm guessing part of the difference is the region of the country, and possibly the type of bean that's planted. I will say from experience growing up in the Midwest around soybeans, the yield was different depending on what type of bean was planted in what field. It's very possible the type of bean studied in Mississippi responded better browsing than the type in Ohio. Also keep in mind that Ohio's growing season is weeks shorter than in Mississippi.

    I'll also say this. No bean is going to yield higher when it's mowed off to the ground by deer.
     
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