Sunn Hemp

Discussion in 'Food Plots for Wildlife' started by Buckeye, Jan 5, 2022.

  1. Buckeye

    Buckeye Active Member

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    Has anyone planted Sunn Hemp before? If so did the deer seem to like it?
     
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    Native Hunter Well-Known Member

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    Yes, it's a summer species, but I mixed it in with a fall mix planted around the first day of September two years ago. It came up quickly and was browsed hard by my picky deer that won't eat a lot of other things.
     
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  3. FL Plotter

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    Yes. Grows easy and provides tons of protein if you can get it established. Small plots will get wiped out quickly.

    If it gets 6' tall and stalky, you cannot brush hog it and disc it on the same day. It needs weeks to break down the hemp (AKA rope) fibers. Ask me how I know!
     
  4. Buckeye

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    How big of a plot did you plant
     
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    I did one acre and then a big strip on my 20 acre farm that might have at most 10 deer on it and it got tall and bushy....I don't think they knew what it was at first. On my hunting lease, we did a couple of acres and it got wiped out. More deer density and less other browse in the local area to eat there. We were able to grow nice buckwheat in small plots for a couple years until the deer figured out they liked it.
     
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    I have a right of way cleared last year that is bare. This sounds like what I need. Any suggestions on who has the best seed price?
     
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    I’m going to see if I can get it at a local feed mill
     
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    I checked with my guy.They will have it in the spring.
     
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