TITAN FORAGE SOYBEANS

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  1. Mennoniteman

    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Our bears regularly graze newly planted 6-8" tall cereal rye in the fall but I have never heard of a bear eating beans? Turkeys love them right after they emerge, then let them go about when the deer start hitting them, at that point these Titan's are the only soybean that has consistently been able to outgrow our deer grazing pressure, but I never tried them in a smaller plot than 3 acres. I guess next year I'm going to have to try 2 bags on an acre plot to see if I can get a stand.
    I'm not exactly sure why, but in corn and beans regarding crop damage, a quantity of small plots such as your 8 acres planted spread across 6 plots never seems to fare quite as well as one bigger field does. It seems like one bigger field has possibly a dozen animals hitting it during the course of 24 hours, whereas every small field has only half as many animals hitting it during a one day period, but the smaller plots allow the animals to feed closer to cover, make the animals feel safer, and they therefore they tend to stay longer. In a 6 acre bean field I hardly ever see an animal out in the middle during daylight.
     
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    Elkaddict Well-Known Member

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    I anticipated heavy browsing pressure and planted heavy. Because I broadcast planted, coverage is not uniform…. Interested in seeing what survives. I figure the thin areas will get overseeded with brassicas in a 5-6 weeks, and everything will be overseeded with rye come late August.
     
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    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    My Titan forage beans are struggling a bit, but still chugging along. Between planting a little later, not being able to spray weeds because of rain, and the deer have absolutely been zeroed in on them, so I'm not sure how they will look by September.
    I have a clip here of finally spraying them with 48 oz of Thundermaster, not 32 oz as I misspoke in the video.
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    I’ve had mixed results…. I planted later than you did and we’ve had unusually dry weather. I broadcast 3+ bags per acre which I think was about right. Two plots are an outright failure….not sure why. Maybe bad seed….as germination was something like 40% of the other plots. Deer and a bear are in them daily, However, my biggest problem has been woodchucks. These plots were cut out of the woods and the slash piles have become home to too many of them. Ares near the slash piles are completely void of any surviving plants. I’ve thinned numbers down, but not enough. I never had this problem with corn…. I must confess to not having seen this coming. I’ll start broadcasting brassicas into the thin areas after one more round of spraying.
     
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    RGrizzzz Administrator Staff Member

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    How are the beans doing? This year has been pretty dry in most of PA.
     
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    Any updates from either of you? MM…do you remember what shipping cost were for you from specialty seed?
     
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    As a requested, here is an update and some photos. The beans have at least doubled the deer on us this summer (they are far more interested in these than clover). Because these were spread over multiple 1 to 2 acre plots, there been a different group of deer in each day and night. Except on some of the edges, growth has been 8” to16” in height. Because they came in quite thin in some areas, weed competition, particularly quick weed and grasses , have been a real problem. These fields were sprayed multiple times….and one field, which I’m embarrassed to show was taken over. The only reason I didn’t nuke it and replant with grains is there are lots of brassicas intermingled with the stunted beans. All the fields have been overseeded with brassicas and grain.

    Notwithstanding the challenges and the likelihood I’ll get little grain production, I’ll probably go this route again for a few years to try to put a dent in the quick weed. Not optimal or cheap, but it’s this or RR corn. 5C864218-C968-4A58-830E-51CD925ED07D.jpeg E37639FE-04B8-443A-B9F2-C03561E1882B.jpeg E9DA9D53-1870-4989-8AA9-CFA31CAD99F6.jpeg D0CD6EE4-240C-474B-B23C-5EFA3FAC886D.jpeg 5C864218-C968-4A58-830E-51CD925ED07D.jpeg
     
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    Thanks Elk for the update. Your situation with smaller plots and planting beans hits home here also. I’ve tried it a couple of times with forage type eagle beans and regular beans and my planting looked like your plots in September as well. I was thinking about planting beans again but I remember the last time i did and I told myself then, that I would never plant them again.
     

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