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I've got this 150 square foot open corner of a corn field next to a drainage ditch that I want to hunt in the fall and the corn is starting to get too tall to drive my truck back there to haul the rototiller. Going back there tomorrow morning to till the soil and was wondering what would be the best bet to attract the local whitetails. I've got a bag of soy beans that I was thinking might be good as there isn't any nearby but would the leaves still remain green into October if I plant them late enough? Was thinking of mixing those with either some brassicas or clover that I could just spread on the ground after it's tilled. Beans I can plant later by making furrows with a hoe or similar tool.

Is there a such thing as Roundup Ready brassicas or clover so they don't get fried when/if they spray the corn in the next few months? Not worried about the beans as they're already Roundup Ready seed.

What do you guys suggest?
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Work it up and plant soybeans. Do not cultipack. Early August sow with brassica. If you have the ability to cultipack at that point, the beans will pop right back up. Fertilize with triple 19. Good luck, it will work.
 

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Work it up and plant soybeans. Do not cultipack. Early August sow with brassica. If you have the ability to cultipack at that point, the beans will pop right back up. Fertilize with triple 19. Good luck, it will work.
No way to get a cultipak back there by August let alone the rototiller. Will the brassicas come up just spreading them over the soil? What about the bean leaves staying green into October, is that possible and when should I plant those?
 

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I have a low deer population. Deer pretty well mow my beans down as the summer goes on opening up the canopy for the later planted brassica. Beans feed them in the summer but will be turning yellow by mid October if planted right now. From my experience you will need at least a couple acres to get them not maturity but it may require more in a higher deer density area. Brassica is allowed to grow until beans yellow allowing double plotting on the same ground without the plot being vacant.
 

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I have a low deer population. Deer pretty well mow my beans down as the summer goes on opening up the canopy for the later planted brassica. Beans feed them in the summer but will be turning yellow by mid October if planted right now. From my experience you will need at least a couple acres to get them not maturity but it may require more in a higher deer density area. Brassica is allowed to grow until beans yellow allowing double plotting on the same ground without the plot being vacant.
Yeah, this is pretty open farm country with small woodlots here and there so the deer density is pretty low as well. I've gotten some nice bucks on my cameras in the past though.
 

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You won't need to worry about green leaves on the beans in October if you only plant them in a 150 square foot area. You could plant a half acre to an acre of beans and they wouldn't make it either if you have any kind of deer density.

That being said, go ahead and plant them if you like and at least you can spray what is left of them to keep the weeds at bay until next month when you can plant brassicas or in August when you can plant cereal grains.

When your corn is beyond needing spraying for weed control, broadcast some brassicas into the corn as well. Then a month later broadcast some rye into the corn as well.

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Those beans will probably get eaten down to the dirt as soon as they pop up. But as mentioned, if you already have them go ahead and plant them if you'd like.

X2 what wild thing said. Brassicas in late July/early August depending on where you are located in the state, then broadcast cereal rye directly into them somewhere between labor day and mid September.
 

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That small of an area and apparent soil conditions you could get away without a rototiller or a cultipacker. If your already willing to use a hoe to plant beans, carry a plain old leaf rake in there to scratch the surface, broadcast and walk a few laps. I'd probably toss in some brassica, clover and wr and spread it back into the standing corn. I'm curious why "they" left a small patch like that unplanted
 

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Beans definitely won't make it in a plot that size, brassicas likely won't last long either. For small plots, you need browse tolerance..which narrows it down to clover and cereal grains. For your situation, I'd keep the area sprayed and plant cereal grains Sept 1. No need for equipment, just rake it in. Soil looks sandy, cereal rye and some oats mixed in would be my preference.
 

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I would go with turnips or radishes now then carry a bag of oats in there Labor Day weekend.
 
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Dump /plant your beans.
Instruct those spraying you planted beans and if possible, would they be so kind as not to drift weed killer onto them please? If they do could they let you know so you can get in there to deal with it?

And I'd only be beaning it to have a cover crop until August when seeding rye or wheat. Just leaves the remaining beans alone at rye or wheat planting date. A few brassicas (rape or radish or whatever is on hand or cheap) in the center before August would be fine by me too. If overbrowsed there could still be tubers the deer will smell if planted early enough. Maybe a brief distraction for visitors expecting the cereal shoots they smelled outside the loud smelling corn.
 

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That small of an area and apparent soil conditions you could get away without a rototiller or a cultipacker. If your already willing to use a hoe to plant beans, carry a plain old leaf rake in there to scratch the surface, broadcast and walk a few laps. I'd probably toss in some brassica, clover and wr and spread it back into the standing corn. I'm curious why "they" left a small patch like that unplanted
They use massive equipment (think 36 row planters) and can't get into the corners very well.
 

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Beans definitely won't make it in a plot that size, brassicas likely won't last long either. For small plots, you need browse tolerance..which narrows it down to clover and cereal grains. For your situation, I'd keep the area sprayed and plant cereal grains Sept 1. No need for equipment, just rake it in. Soil looks sandy, cereal rye and some oats mixed in would be my preference.
I planted a similar size plot of brassicas three years ago and they did just fine. I'm in pretty much open farm country so the deer have all kind of food options available. Not a big deer density area.
 
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