Blazed my top bean plot is looking good...they waited until it was up almost 18 in then came in and dropped them to 12 in....but I had a lot of volunteer buck wheat come up as well and they spent time eating that...the lower plot....well down to mostly stems there...and I know it is deer but from the dusting bowls and other tracks ...pretty sure the turkey and a wood chuck did a lot of the damage...though the stems...even those with out even any leaves have started little shoots off the sides...so who knows...I'm drawing in deer they are eating well and I have turnips ready to go in in Aug...
Thanks Gulfcapt....I'm not familiar with where in Florida you are and know that that makes a BIG difference in temps as well as soil and moisture...I lived in Orlando many years ago........So here's what I did and hope it helps ...I went to Google and typed in exactly this..... Do soybeans grow in Florida.....Then clicked on the site for the university of Florida ...this has a great amount of info that would be helpful...did the same for turnips but not as good a result....they do grow there but...turnips need a good amount of moisture ..not wet but consistent...and what I do know...but see deer adapt to different areas as far as food...is here in NY they have stayed pretty clear of the turnips until a good frost or two...also your planting times would be much later than ours...Octor Nov- say Febuary....Now I usually don't go with commercial blends but companies that produce seeds for white tail have northern and southern blends...White Tail Institute is one such company and if you were to give them a call they maybe able to help..let me say they will spend the time to answer ?'s and perhaps even send you out their magazine...I get it sent two times a year...a lot of great plotting articles...and not just about seed but tractors and such
As far as the hogs...eek no clue...unless they don't like electric fence and you have the $$ and time to put up a solar electric fence...putting in 2 low wires will allow deer to jump the fence so they won't be leary of coming into the plot to eat...just an idea...for the beans..I'd make the fence have a set of higher wires as well..until beans are established...a set up where the top wires can disconnect from the bottom 2 by a "jumper" wire.
I not sure any of that helped but Good Luck...there's always something we can find to make them happy...usually in the flower garden...just try Hostas[;)]
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