My opinion is that a food source will attract them.....it may not make them stay. The amount and quality of cover you have AND where the deer will come from will impact that. If the deer have to come from a long way - it won't do that much. If the cover you have is pretty limited they may only visit at night. Deer are fairly curious as it is, so they will investigate and if they find something to their liking they will return. If they feel safe some will even stay. Also keep in mind does in particular are not real picky about their cover needs. Bucks and especially mature bucks are a totally different animal. Does will bed in cover that may struggle to hide a rabbit....if the food is there. I would suggest you plant something to cover as much of the year as you can and/or be prepared to bounce back and forth with what you plant between the two plots. If you lack cover to hold those deer....once the food dries up.....so will the deer.....until they move to the browse and then they will be there....but will be much harder to pattern. If you lack the cover - the pressure the deer see/feel will also have a significant impact on what you see and when.
I realize you want deer to hunt this year, but it sounds like you have as close to a blank slate as many of us will get, so seize the opportunity to prepare and work on the long term plan.....if you can. Plot locations, stand sites and access to and from are all those things that you have far more control over now than you may in 5 or 10 years. By doing this now, you can be all set and ready to go as your cover improves year after year and you can be enjoying it instead of having to bust butt trying to get things in place.