Quick question, would it be harmful to use a roller to get good soil contact when I plant some WW in with my brassicas?? They are just starting to pop up and I don't want to stunt their growth.
It all depends on where your land is and what food sources are nearby. If you have corn and bean fields around, deer are going to be feeding on that. However, if your land is 100% forest and has zero agricultural fields around the deer will hammer your food plot.
For example, I planted turnips on June 28 of this year. This is way too soon for the "experts". This past weekend we had 7 deer in the plot eating the leaves already. Experts will tell you deer won't touch Brassicas until the first frost, I beg to differ.
I will be planting my Rye on Labor Day weekend. I am hoping that it grows well but know that the deer will keep it down to the dirt.
Think about what is around your land as alternative foods and then decide when to plant.
You're right, every area is different. And it sounds like you're doing your share of experimenting. That is the key. Knowledge + experimentation= optimum results.River Rat,
I agree with you as well. The more tender the better. However, I feel that it still depends on your specific hunting area. My land is in the up. If I don't get the Rye, ww or bfo germinating by 9/5. It just won't get going unless we have unusual warmth and lots of rain in september. Because the deer in my area are dependant almost exclusively on browse, even "stemy" Rye is much more desireable than twigs and leaves.
The deer won't allow the Rye to get stemy on my land. As soon as it comes up they are hitting it. So I need to watch the weather and plant just prior to a rain.