TITAN FORAGE SOYBEANS

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  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Update: Titan beans just keep chugging away under very heavy deer browsing pressure. A dozen deer are in this 3.5 acre field every day. [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Beautiful. I disagree with you calling soybeans an “overlooked goldmine,” however. Down here soybeans are the holy grail for deer - no one overlooks them. The hard part is getting them established.
     
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    If I may ask,, what is your normal seeding rate per acre, and what is your planter row spacing?
     
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    I plant them with a Great Plains 706NT on 7.5” spacing. I’ve tried everything from 140,000 to 280,000 seeds per acre (1-2 bags), and they only survive if they are fenced. Forage or ag beans doesn’t matter - without a fence, nothing survives. Granted, I have a very high deer density, so my results are not unexpected.

    I’m going to try your Titan beans next year, but they will be mixed with something else.
     
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    They are not magical but they are more robust in continuing to grow when browsed heavily. What will you mix with?
     
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    These Titan forage soybeans are above knee high on August 1st, still being absolutely pounded by our deer herd, they are well up above the bottom of a deer's stomach. My only regret is not seeding two bags per acre, where I seeded them in the highest densities is where they are doing the best. They also have much better weed suppression in the thicker spots.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Note: I said earlier in the thread that I'm going to seed 2 bags per acre again this year, then at planting time my thrifty Swiss-German heritage kicked in and I second guessed and compromised at 1.5 bags per acre. The first plan you make is almost always the best one, as was the case here. Next year I'm going to try a test acre at 2.5 bags, and definitely nowhere less than 2.

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    Titan Forage beans went through a mild drought in late July and didn't get as tall as last year, but the bean pod production was on par with last year, there's more pods hanging than ag beans, but slightly smaller bean size than ag beans. Since they dried down the deer are hammering them hard.
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    I planted a bag of these beans in my half acre or so plot at home MM, but they didn’t make. We had so much rain and cool temps in May and June all my spring/summer plots failed except the buckwheat and it didn’t do well. That’s not gonna keep me from trying them again though.
     
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    I've followed after you Texas foodplot guys for a long time and eventually I came to realize that the gulf coast states' growing seasons and growing conditions are so vastly different from zone 6 that I hesitate to give much input, because it's all so foreign to us. About the only thing that we have in common is that in the middle of the summer heat is a bad time for planting and in mid-summer we are always only 7 days away from a drought. But I'm always intrigued to read along.
     
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    This year was the very first time that I’ve had beans or peas fail. I’ve had them eaten to the ground in six weeks, and burn up in a couple months, but never have I had them fail as I did this year. I laid it on the cool, wet ground but I truly don’t know if that’s what caused it, it’s just my best guess.
     

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