Wheat/oats too big

Discussion in 'Food Plots for Wildlife' started by buckmaster27012, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. buckmaster27012

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    can they get to a point where they are too big and deer will not eat them. planted them after labor day like i always due but all this rain has got them jumping. cant trim them back due to brassica blend in the same fields.

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  2. MarkDarvin

    MarkDarvin Well-Known Member

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    As long as it's green and leafy you should be fine. If they push a seed head out all the way and drop their leaves, it's too far. Where you located?

    I planted July 25 and wish I'd have gone even a little sooner. I think. Still haven't had a grain killing frost.
     
  3. BenAllgood

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    I've had oats in Louisiana do that. They got a foot tall and the deer stopped using them. But, there was a lot of other food around too. I think that has a lot to do with it. It's going to depend on other available food. The most palatable part of oats/wheat/rye/triticale is where it puts on new growth. ...the bottom.
     
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    Up north that's usually not a problem, the cold weather stunts the grain and keeps it at a palatable height all winter. If planted too early I mow it, however, if it's in a brassica mix obviously that will cost a lot of brassica growth. This would be a good reason to plant the two different species in separate strips so that they can be managed better with mowing and spraying.
     
  5. buckmaster27012

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    i'm in VA weather is cooling off and so hopefully they will slow down. so many acorns i'm not sure they are going to worried about them anyway.
     
  6. THE LLC

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    Never had a problem with it in north Georgia.
     
  7. SwampCat

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    I have planted wheat in southern AR labor day weekend and if it rains soon after planting - the wheat will get big and tough and usage drops way off. I have had foot tall wheat in late Oct - and the deer dont favor that. They will eat them late in the year when food becomes scarce
     
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    I have mowing machines all hours of the day and night. 59951466-CE6F-4448-9819-4955EC761722.jpeg
     
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